I’ve finally awakened from my food coma so that I can recap the amazing dinner I had this past weekend at Zahav’s chef’s counter; a must-try culinary experience of 10-12 courses crafted by Chef Michael Solomonov himself. Here are the rules: The chef’s tasting is only offered on Friday & Saturday nights, there’s only one seating at 7:30 PM, and there’s only 4 seats available; you must purchase 2 seats at least a month in advance (It’s only $90/pp & they go like hot latkes!). You can also opt for a $50/pp beverage pairing when you arrive. DO THE BEVERAGE PAIRING! Trust me, you won’t regret it!
I apologize in advance for the lack of details on some of the dishes, as there was no written menu. But just sit back, relax & enjoy the food porn!
Course 1: Potato Chip starter, topped with chives & bottarga
Course 2: Zahav’s infamously delicious hummus, served with fluffy pita bread, lamb’s tongue & pickles
Course 3: Dried figs topped with feta
Course 4: Beet “tartare” with an Avocado crema & Salmon roe (I know lots of people are not keen on beets, but this was tasty & creative!)
Course 5: Lentil Soup with Bone marrow & Challah (This was featured on Zahav’s Instagram page earlier in the day before our dinner, so I was super psyched!)
Course 6: Lamb crudo with Eggplant & fried artichokes (One of our favorites of the night)
Course 7: Sage & brown butter “dumpling”
Course 8: Branzino sashimi with baba ganoush (Our least favorite dish of the night; it was incredibly salty.)
Course 9: The Entree – Short rib with brussel sprouts, radishes & carrots (The short rib cut like butter!)
Course 10: Dessert #1 – Poached apple & Quince
Course 11: Dessert #2 – Dates & Turkish coffee crema
The whole entire dining experience was amazing, start to finish. Chef Solomonov even came out halfway through service to check in on us and see how we were doing. I’m glad to finally add myself to the list of people who have lived through the Chef’s Counter and can now brag/rave about it to everyone else I know! Since there isn’t a pre-set menu, they do ask you in advance if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. They also ask if you are down to eat anything; just say yes – don’t be a baby about it! I highly recommend it for your next big special occasion – or if you just feel like having a fancy, adventurous dinner. Just dress comfortably, reserve all your daily calories and prepare to have one of the best meals of your life.