Briefly, the highlights: The service was excellent. We had a nice, chatty waiter who shared some nice stories with us about the origin of some of the more unfamilliar menu items, including a egg that is cooked in coffee. (Unfortunately for him, one of my fellow diners spent a few years living in Israel, and she claimed his story was incorrect. But at least he tried.) The menu was extremely generous for a Restaurant week offering: hummus or a salad salatim, or sampler, 2 mezze per person, a main, and a dessert. 4 courses over the usual 3.
Because there were 3 of us, we got to sample a wide selection of the offered menu. The Hummus was excellent and came with lovely house made bread called laffa. The salad sampler had tiny portions of 8 different salads, which gave us a small but tasty bite of each.
After the appetizers, the meal fell flat. The restaurant highlighted it's mezze selection: the portions were generous and they were executed competetly. The haloumi was good, as were the borekas. The fried kibbeh was a bit over-fried. When my entree, a lamb skewer, arrived, it looked tiny. The accompanying "israeli couscous" was a joke. Overall, things were mildly seasoned, which was unexpected.
When dessert came, I got a lemon poppyseed cake that was slightly burned on top. It was served with lemon curd and cucumber sorbet. I love cucumber in all forms- rum, gelato, plain, but this sorbet was too tart and didn't taste essentially of cucumber- something was off. I had to push it aside.
The food was solid, and better than most I have had at restaurant week, but nothing spectacular. If this is a real measure of the place, (which is seems to be based on what I have read), it disappoints. With all the hype surrounding Zahav, I'm glad I tried it, and I don't regret spending the $35. However, I won't be returning soon to pay full price.