I needed a quick bite to eat so my Italian friend and my Filipino friend went to check out Sabra on Oak Street. I thought I must have had toilet paper dragging from my shoe because all the Jewish people outside and inside were just staring at me. Like an evil cold grill that made me feel like I was in the wrong hood. It was kinda like when the cops in Police Academy walked into the Blue Oyster. It was uneasy.

The weird thing is when I walked into this Jewish Restaurant and grabbed a menu it said "SABRA - Glatt Kosher Restaurant - Chinese and International Cuisine". After reading that, I was pretty much WTF, these Jewish people can't cold stare at me walking into a Chinese restaurant. This is partially my hood.

We all ordered falafels while the patrons of the restaurant continued to stare at us, in the end it was too much and I had to walk to the other side of the street to eat my falafel on the sidewalk. The falafel was pretty good but not amazing, I crown the Nuba falafel as the best in the city.

3844 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC

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Anonymous said... @ September 14, 2009 at 2:25 AM

Racist Jewish people?...Really? Have we learned nothing from Hitler?!

Anonymous said... @ September 14, 2009 at 9:35 AM

"Interesting" experience....I guess no more visits for you! By the way what was the Chinese portion of the menu?

Gyromite said... @ September 14, 2009 at 4:56 PM

The funny thing was the staff were Chinese. I might go back with a crew of asians and just eat Chinese food to see what kind of reaction I get from the patrons.

I dont remember what was on the Chinese portion of the menu. I think chow mein and fried rice.


Anonymous said... @ September 14, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Interesting concept....Kosher Chinese...I was not aware that such combination existed since intermingling between the two cultures is not large/existent...at least by what I know....heard of many Chinese/Muslim restaurants because of the history/geography of China. Not sure what to make of the stearing by restaurant patrons...only happens to me when I'm in the "bad" part of Oakland...at the wrong time (late at night)....

Anonymous said... @ September 15, 2009 at 10:14 PM

It was all in your head. The same way when a white guy walks into a chinese restaraunt or store where white people normally don't go, it is curiousity and a desire to talk. Geez, get over it, BTW how did you know they were all jewish?
Chinese kosher food is the norm. Jews like to eat chinese food, observant jews cannot eat food with pork, so Sabra makes some chinese dishes that are kosher ( usually the mixture is bad, except in NYC where I haven't eaten great kosher chinese food).
A traditional jewish meal on a sunday night is chinese food.

Anonymous said... @ September 16, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I live in this area and often the place is a ghost "restaurant"....it is frequented by the community regulars....probably not too many drop ins.Too bad the food wasn't that great.

Anonymous said... @ September 16, 2009 at 9:35 AM

"A traditional jewish meal on a sunday night is chinese food" - since when??? All this non-sense would go away if the whole kosher "requirements" would go away....

the clutterer said... @ September 18, 2009 at 1:32 PM

There was a piece not long ago in the NYorker about how China actually exports alot of kosher food.


Anonymous said... @ September 19, 2009 at 8:05 AM

You can get almost any product/food/ingredient etc. "Kosherized"....pay some "fees" and you it's done...it's a racket....

Anonymous said... @ September 20, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Not pork ribs, or any seafood, and it is not so simple but yes almost anything can be made kosher fot a price.

Gyromite said... @ September 24, 2009 at 8:59 PM

To anon,

I could tell most of them were Jewish because they were wearing yarmulkes. It may have been in my head but these guys were staring hard.

No big deal, just really funny and kinda uneasy.

Bukko Boomeranger said... @ June 21, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Thanks for the heads-up. I live in the neighbourhood, and I was thinking about popping in for a felafel at the end of a bicycle ride someday. Sounds like a creepy place, so I'll give it a miss and get my felafel at the place on Oak and 16th.

P.S. I second what the people have said about Chinese food being a cuisine that Jewish people like. My ex-wife was Jewish, from Miami, Fla. and it was a standing joke with her family that a typical Saturday nigh meal was Chinese takeaway. Nothing racist about it -- it's just a cultural habit with Jewish people because it's an ethnic cuisine that many of them like.

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