Wednesday, May 18, 2011

IMA Restaurant - Review

IMA Restaurant
445 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: (201) 357-5789

I'm a lucky food nerd as I've been finding some delicious eats out in suburbia. IMA Restaurant is an Israeli joint that dishes out some tasty comfort food and is definitely part of our rotation when the wife and I go out to eat. According to the website, IMA Restaurant is actually based in Jerusalem but the daughter opened a branch out in North Jersey. Not sure what this means towards the authenticity of the cuisine, but no matter - they're serving up some delicious comfort food.

Our Menu

Salad Platter **
Hummus, Babaganush, Tabouli, Beet Salad, Israeli Salad
The first thing that I noticed is the pita is by far the best pita I've ever had. It's as fluffy as a cloud with a great chew and awesome flavor. The next thing I spotted are the dips are so bright (lots of lemon juice) with tons of flavor. I've had all these dishes a million times and yet these are still great here.

KTSIOT (meatballs) **
Majadara (fried rice with lentils, served with onion flakes), Green Beans
Again, I've had meatballs thousands of times and this was somehow still different and delicious. Meatballs were tender with great flavor, but this did not remind me of the Italian classic at all - even though it was still covered in tomato sauce. Even the rice and lentils were uber satisfying - great eartly flavor and awesome texture to the lentils and rice.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food – Great home cooking - familiar, yet still different.
  • Service – They're always pretty busy here, so you sometimes wait a bit for things like water. Not terribly long though.
  • Atmosphere – Place is white walls and even white floors - pretty bright in there. The place seats 30 and on a Tuesday it was 70% full. We were seated right away. Crowd was all families there.
  • Price - Entrees are about $8-12 so totally reasonable.
Closing Comments
I'm not an Israeli food expert by any means, but this place just friggin rawks. Chicken shnitzel is 100% calling my name next.

No comments: