Zeman Kan Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 274 University Ave

    Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  • 650-328-5245

About Zeman Kan Restaurant

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Daily, 11am - 10pm

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I tremendously enjoyed the authentic Levantine food served at this restaurant, which sports a hospitable desert tent ambience. I half expected Valentino or Lawrence of Arabia to turn up at any moment! We had the Jordanian national dish of Mansaf -- lamb leg in a spicy, goat's milk yoghurt sauce. The lamb was incredibly tender and flavorful and the sauce salty just like it is in the Middle East -- salt is used to preserve the dried goat's milk yoghurt called "jameed". Portions were huge and came with pine-nut pilaf, complimentary salad or lentil soup plus all the pita you couls eat. Lamb came on the bone for enhanced flavor and delicious marrow. Owners and staff were very welcoming, friendly and highly visible. This place was a great all-round experience!

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★★★★★

I tremendously enjoyed the authentic Levantine food served at this restaurant, which sports a hospitable desert tent ambience. I half expected Valentino or Lawrence of Arabia to turn up at any moment! We had the Jordanian national dish of Mansaf -- lamb leg in a spicy, goat's milk yoghurt sauce. The lamb was incredibly tender and flavorful and the sauce salty just like it is in the Middle East -- salt is used to preserve the dried goat's milk yoghurt called "jameed". Portions were huge and came with pine-nut pilaf, complimentary salad or lentil soup plus all the pita you couls eat. Lamb came on the bone for enhanced flavor and delicious marrow. Owners and staff were very welcoming, friendly and highly visible. This place was a great all-round experience!

Pros: Delicious, authentic food; massive portions; great people-watching; friendly, welcoming staff

Cons: A little pricey

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I love this place and won't go anywhere else to eat authentic middle eastern food. I love their falafel wraps and entree. I also love the cauliflower entree. And they have this great mint (hot) tea which is a definite must try. On top of this, they have super friendly service. The portions are generous and the prices are moderate.

5
★★★★★

I love this place and won't go anywhere else to eat authentic middle eastern food. I love their falafel wraps and entree. I also love the cauliflower entree. And they have this great mint (hot) tea which is a definite must try. On top of this, they have super friendly service. The portions are generous and the prices are moderate.

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This is an entertaining-they have belly dancers- and comfortable venue offering a good selection of Middle Eastern food at moderate prices. The place can get busy on the weekends, and there is not much standing room, but the food is always predictably good, so worth the wait. Very good options for vegetarians, too.

PROS: good food, good selection , good prices
CONS: seating can be tight if the restaurant is crowded

4
★★★★☆

This is an entertaining-they have belly dancers- and comfortable venue offering a good selection of Middle Eastern food at moderate prices. The place can get busy on the weekends, and there is not much standing room, but the food is always predictably good, so worth the wait. Very good options for vegetarians, too.

PROS: good food, good selection , good prices
CONS: seating can be tight if the restaurant is crowded

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The food was excellent and the atmosphere quiet and welcoming. There is so much fast Middle Eastern food out there and it is a pleasure to enjoy more sophisticated dishes and more varied fare. Nice place to relax and talk over dinner.

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★★★★☆

The food was excellent and the atmosphere quiet and welcoming. There is so much fast Middle Eastern food out there and it is a pleasure to enjoy more sophisticated dishes and more varied fare. Nice place to relax and talk over dinner.

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We take our kids (ages 4 and 6) to eat here as an alternative to the usual places. It offers Jordanian food, which is very similar to Greek/Turkish. The children like the fresh hummus and falafel, while we adults appreciate the generous portions of well prepared, tender meats. This is not sophisticated food, but simple, tasty and good value. We always find the servers very tolerant of the children too! The restaurant is nicely decorated, and appropriate music is played at a low level. Occasionally there is a dance performance.

PROS: Good with kids
CONS: Unsophisticated food

4
★★★★☆

We take our kids (ages 4 and 6) to eat here as an alternative to the usual places. It offers Jordanian food, which is very similar to Greek/Turkish. The children like the fresh hummus and falafel, while we adults appreciate the generous portions of well prepared, tender meats. This is not sophisticated food, but simple, tasty and good value. We always find the servers very tolerant of the children too! The restaurant is nicely decorated, and appropriate music is played at a low level. Occasionally there is a dance performance.

PROS: Good with kids
CONS: Unsophisticated food

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This guy markets his restaurant as middle-eastern and he doesn't even serve a real shawarma. Their version of a shawarma is really grilled chicken or grilled lamb wraps. And the falafel is made in cupcake tins, most likely boxed. I would stay away from this place if you want authentic middle eastern food, especially if you are expecting something similar to the Kan Zaman in the City. There is no affiliation, by the way.

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★★☆☆☆

This guy markets his restaurant as middle-eastern and he doesn't even serve a real shawarma. Their version of a shawarma is really grilled chicken or grilled lamb wraps. And the falafel is made in cupcake tins, most likely boxed. I would stay away from this place if you want authentic middle eastern food, especially if you are expecting something similar to the Kan Zaman in the City. There is no affiliation, by the way.

Pros: decor, music

 

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