We recently lucked into a very nice restaurant in Tenafly, NJ. Hamsa bills itself as a Moroccan restaurant, but the menu is generally skewed to the total Sephardic rather than the more narrow category of Moroccan.

The decor is subdued and the lighting soft. The walls are covered with hamsas of every color and type imaginable. Tables are close, but conversation is possible. We were there on a Motzei Shabbat and there was a band playing soft tunes from the 30’s, 40’s 50’s and 60’s. It was the kind of music that makes you really want to get up on the dance floor and hold your partner close. Yes, some of us remember the time when even religious people did mixed dancing.

Alas, there is no dance floor, and, of course, today the custom is to pretend that you don’t do mixed dancing. (Apologies to those of you who really don’t.)

The food was quite tasty and the prices were moderate.

We had a four salad appetizer, served with warm pita bread. For dinner, one of us had the schnitzel and the other had the siniya. Interestingly, the waiter asked if we wanted chicken livers in the siniya or not. Of course, we voted yes. The siniya was served on a bed of very fresh hummus. The chicken came with fries and salad. Both were really tasty. The chicken was served as two small pieces, but with the salads we had and the side dishes, it was quite enough.

Tea with mint leaves finished the meal. The tea is served in a pot and very small, thin glass cups are provided. It sort of reminded us of the famous “glazeleh tea,” except this was the Sephardic version.

Dinner came to $55 for two. Plus, there was a five dollar per person cover charge for the music (well worth it), collected separately during dinner.

Hamsa is under OK supervision and is Glatt. They are located at:7 W Railroad Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670

www.hamsausa.com Go there for directions as well as a look at their menu.

Will we go back? You betcha!

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 12:03 am by rebrapp · Permalink
In: Kosher Restaurant Reviews

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  1. Written by westhillstrio
    on November 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    This is Dave from the West Hills Trio (and Friends). We are the jazz band that perform weekly on Motzei Shabbat at Hamsa. Thank you for your favorable comments.

    Our website is: http://westhillstrio.com
    At our website there are music samples, links to videos, mailing lists and contact information.

    Thank you again on behalf of the West Hills Trio and hope to see you at Hamsa soon.


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