Mh zH brings Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine to Silver Lake

— Diners  may well ask “What is this?” when they see the new restaurant at the southeast corner of  Sunset Boulevard and Maltman Street, previously occupied by Purgatory Pizza and before that Madam Matisse.  There’s no sign out front – just a large window with an open kitchen, and menus written on paper bags. The name of the place — Mh zH — itself is not going to help matters any. In fact,  Mh zH – pronounced “mah zeh” — translates from Hebrew as … “What is this?”

Chef/owner, Conor Shemtov, grew up in L.A. but worked in restaurants in Israel, according to Eater LA. And Discover Los Angeles quotes Shemtov calling the restaurant concept “Tel Aviv meets Los Angeles” – though Discover L.A. also notes influences from North Africa, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Spain, Italy and the South of France.

The menu is heavy on vegetable options – but many reviewers recommend the lamb “ragoooo” – spelled with four ‘o’s.

The phrase “mah zeh” also helps improve a compliment, according to Haaretz — sort of like if you could put a word in front of “best” that would somehow make it … better. Reviewers seem hopeful Mh zH lives up to that part of its name.

Mh zH is located in the 3500 block of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.


  1. I can’t believe how many restaurants open (and pretty soon fold) without a sign out front. What’s the problem with signs? Dunno. What’s the benefit of signs? That one’s easy: the vast majority of potential customers do not live within your bubble and do not want to hassle with trying to figure out what the restaurant on the corner of X and Y is. Just put up a sign!

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