Note: Walla is currently closed and appears to be undergoing a change in ownership.
10 Jay Street, Tenafly NJ 07670
I was recently made aware of a new Kosher restaurant in Tenafly, which opened about three months ago on Jay Street, in the short alley across from the Honda dealership on County Road.
Walla! Differs from most Kosher places in the area in that
- It’s in Tenafly and thus the standards are a bit higher and
- The food is actually quite good.
In fact, I would say that their Middle Eastern offerings rival Bennies in Englewood in terms of quality, which is saying a great deal. The restaurant is owned by a young Israeli couple and features Kosher Meat items. The restaurant is certified by the RCBC and there is a Kosher supervisor there during all business hours (although he basically just sits there and reads the newspaper, apparently.)
In any case, the quality of the meat here is excellent and they know how to cook it properly. They have some unusual items here that you wouldn’t expect to find in a regular Felafel/Shwarma place, and everything here has a Yemenite spin on it, because one of the owners, Rosie, is a Yemenite Jew. She is incredibly passionate about food and is very much quality oriented. Plus, she’s extremely cute.
Storefront on Jay Street in Tenafly
Israeli Mango Nectar
The Mise-En-Place area for the Sandwiches
Sandwich bar, close up
Condiments — Pickles for the Falafel, Tahina, and Amba, a very
strongly flavored mango pickle paste, which originates from Iraq.
Toasted Laffa Bread with Herbs and Olive Oil. Really good.
A creamy Israeli-style Babaghanoush.
Zhoug, a spicy dip/condiment.
Carrot Salad and roasted Pepper salad.
Roasted Cauliflower Salad
This is Malawach, a type of Yemenite griddle bread with scrambled eggs and tomato. Amazing and delicious, Rachel was talking about this for days.
The “Sabich” (Sah-Bikh) sandwich, which is a favorite of Iraqi Jews. It is composed of hummus, tahina, tomato cucumber salad, hardboiled eggs, onions and eggplant salad. Its meant to be eaten with the Amba pickle pictured above.
Shwarma, served on Yemeni Laffa Bread. Laffa is similar to Pita, but flatter and more wrap-like.
Shwarma, opened up. The sandwich is utterly huge and could feed two people if you ordered appetizers. It’s made from turkey meat that has been heavily seasoned with Sabah Baharat, a middle eastern spice blend that includes cinnamon.
Baby Chicken with Couscous plate.
French Fries, made of fresh cut potatoes