A pita makes a great spot for storing car keys, an acceptable hamster-carrying pouch, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on long bus rides. But there are many other uses for it, as today's Groupon proves: for $10, you get $20 worth of California-influenced Middle-Eastern eats at Jannah. The fusion restaurant, located by Masonic Avenue at 1775 Fulton Street, serves fresh plates for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
Dip into an order of creamy hummus ($4) or refreshing tabouleh ($4), or try a lentil salad with cumin, green onion, and browned shallot tossed in lemon vinaigrette ($4). Safeeha, the Middle Eastern take on pizza, is available in three varieties ($5–$7). Vegetarians can feed on falafel smothered in pesto and blanketed with eggplant, roasted red bell pepper, green and red onions, shitake mushrooms, tomato, and a feta and goat-cheese blend. Mint-marinated lamb kebabs ($9 at lunch, $13 at dinner) appease the carnivorous end of the mealtime spectrum. The lunch and dinner menus are capped off with specialties and phyllo-dough dishes ($9 each for lunch, $13 for dinner). For brunch, diners can look forward to omelettes, phyllo dishes, and bean-based plates ($6.25–$7), as well as the joy of eating during the mysterious mealtime that simultaneously exists in two culinary dimensions.
The friendly waitstaff split their time between the expansive outdoor seating area and the spaciously warm interior. As they zip through the casual and welcoming confines in near-choreographed precision, perform a coordinated tableside dance of your own with the available on-site hookah. Peruse and puff a variety of flavors while enjoying the inventive plates crafted by the restaurant's critically acclaimed chef.
- Under murals depicting blue sea and sky, diners can dig into traditional-sounding food that's anything but predictable…We love the standards — hummus, baba ghanoush, and kebabs — but are even more delighted with juices made from fresh fruits, raisins, and mint; dips like mama ghanooge (accented with carrot and cardamom) or hudhud ghanoush (turnip and dates); and a savory phyllo dish with seafood, fava and garbanzo beans, and sun-dried lime. Desserts are equally revelatory. – San Francisco Bay Guardian
- …freshly painted, floor-to-ceiling sea-and-sky murals that are more island getaway than seedy nightclub. If you're in the mood to try something you can't find anywhere else in the city, opt for Yahya's Dolmas—instead of rice wrapped in grape leaves, his are lamb-and-eggplant-filled, then wrapped in Swiss chard. – UrbanDaddy