Food & Drink

Every dish you'll eat at Momofuku's totally-not-kosher pop-up

Published On 08/13/2013 Published On 08/13/2013
Momofuku Ssam Bar's whole pork butt Bo Ssam with oysters and kimchi
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1. Zahav 237 St. James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The interior of this modern Israeli restaurant is designed to resemble Jerusalem's network of hidden courtyards, with floors and walls built of gold limestone and tables hand-carved in dark wood. Zahav's food is equally reminiscent of the promised land: fresh laffa bread is baked to order in a wood-fired oven and lamb skewers are roasted over hardwood charcoal. The menu's true star is its hummus, a silky spread in which the key ingredients, chickpeas and tahini, share the flavor spotlight equally and aren't overshadowed by garlic, lemon, or olive oil -- though those three ingredients are surely present. The lengthy wine list includes a full section for wines with Israeli or Palestinian origins, and house cocktails incorporate Mediterranean notes like za'atar and pumpernickel-infused whiskey.