- Pasha - Exotic, Middle Eastern dive. I felt I was in the Middle East.
- Canella - Trendy and upscale. I might as well have been in LA.
Winner: Pasha. I felt I was in a foreign land here. Canella, while nice, was like any upscale place in the U.S.
- Pasha: Swarthy, Arab guys
- Canella: Pretty, Jewish girls
Winner: Pretty obvious here. Food always goes better with cleavage.
- Pasha: Arab beer?!? It's true. I and my fellow Americans were amazed since we thought alcohol was frowned upon. It was pretty good.
- Canella: Kosher Chardonnay from the Golan Heights. It was an EXCELLENT wine, and I am not a Chardonnay fan. No Manischewitz here.
Winner: Canella. Our party of three went through two bottles. I hope to find a bottle to bring home to Mrs. Director.
- Pasha: Pita bread with lots and lots of little dipping dishes, like hummus and other things I couldn't identify. It was all very good and practically a meal in itself.
- Canella: Sushi mixed with mango and other vegetables. Very good.
Winner: Edge to Pasha for regional authenticity. Canella, while tasty, wasn't really of the area.
- Main Course:
- Pasha: Lamb Kabobs - Added to a pita and one of the sides, it made an awesome Middle Eastern Fajita.
- Canella - Grilled Sea Bass with a side of baby vegetables
Winner: Giving them a tie here. Both were very good and true to what each resteraunt was trying to be.
- Pasha - Little dumpling things, like donut holes. (Sorry I can't retain the names of any of the local foods, so if you know the names, put in the comments section).
- Canella - A chocolate mousse between two chocolate wafers. Heavenly.
Winner: Huge win for Canella here. That chocolate like sex thing women talk about came true for me with this dessert.
- Pasha - Turkish coffee, which was basically an espresso.
- Canella - Espresso. Funny story here. One of my colleagues asked for a latte. The waitress looked at him funny and said: "This is a Kosher restaurant. WE DON'T SERVE MILK HERE!" We all had a laugh at that.
Winner: They were pretty much the same.
- After Dinner Smoke:
- Pasha - This was way cool: They brought a three foot tall hookah to the table and put live coals on the top, which heated the TOBACCO in the carrier below. The smoke was drawn out through a water-cooled bowl below the carrier and out a long tube which I inhaled. The TOBACCO was aromatic and sweet, scented with apple and cinnamon. It was an incredibly smooth smoke and an excellent end to a heavy meal. (My colleague took a picture, but he can't email it to me until he gets back to the U.S., so I will post it here next week).
- Canella - Not an option. In fact, I am not sure smoking was allowed.
Winner: Huge win for Pasha.