Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 27 Feb 09

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Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 27 Feb 09

Postby Daniel Rogov » Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:55 pm

Following is my updated guide to recommended restaurants in Jerusalem, Herziliya and the Coastal Plain, Haifa and the North and the South of Israel. The guide to restaurants in Tel Aviv, presented as Part I of this guide appears on a separate thread.

If readers find restaurants that I have forgotten to include or have changed dramatically since my last visit please let me know. The same if any know of restaurants that have closed or of new restaurants worthy of visiting, don't hesitate to let me know. All input will be appreciated.

Best
Rogov



All of the restaurants listed in this mini-guide, regardless of price, are recommended

Price categories (including a reasonably priced bottle of wine)
Reasonable: up to 350 per couple
Moderate: NIS 350-500 per couple
Expensive: More than NIS 500 per couple

Rating System
***** Outstanding by international standards
****Truly excellent
***Very good, sometimes excellent
**Consistently good
*Simple but reliable and good

Restaurants noted with the symbol "W" have an exceptionally fine wine list.






JERUSALEM AND AREA

Country Style


Rama’s Kitchen in the village of Nataf. (02) 570-0954. Thurs 18:00-24:00, Fri 10:00-24:00 and nights of the full moon. Informal, with a superb view of the Jerusalem hills and Mediterranean-Arabic style food that always pleases. Chicken livers with balsamic vinegar and coarse salt, cubes of lamb seasoned in the Iraqi fashion, confit avaz. Moderate. **

Far Eastern

Kohinor (Indian) Holiday Inn Hotel. (02) 658-8867. Sun-Thurs 12:00-16:00 and 18:00-24:00, Sat night. The Taj Mahal or the Disneyland of Jerusalem, but with unquestionable charm and good tandoori chicken, lamb curry, lamb chops in masala sauce. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. **

Sakura (Japanese) 31 Jaffa Rd. (02) 623-5464. Daily 12:00-23:00. Nothing fancy in the decor but among the best and perhaps the most genuinely Japanese cuisine in the country. Sushi and sashimi, miso soup, cold noodle dishes, tepanyaki, teriyaki and sukiyaki style dishes. Moderate. ***

Fish and Seafood

Dagim BaHatzer: In the Feingold Courtyard, Rehov Jaffa 31. Sun-Thurs 12:00-24:00, Friday 12:00-16:00, Sat from close of Shabbat. Tucked into a charming courtyard, a fish restaurant with fine opening meze, excellent deep fried red mullets and fish falafels and, as main courses a variety of fresh water and salt water fish grilled or fried. Pleasant dining in an attractive setting. Moderate. Kosher. **

Dolphin Yam: 9 Ben Shetach St. (02) 623-2272. Daily 12:00-24:00. Nothing pretentious here but good fish and seafood specialties in a lovely setting. Good opening meze of nine salads and then coquilles St. Jacques with a white wine and sage sauce or fried calamaris. Reasonable-Moderate. **


French

Arcadia 10 Agrippas St. (02) 624-9138. Mon-Sat 12:30-15:00 and 19:00-23:30. A beautiful setting and often exquisite food make this one of the best restaurants in the country. Tradition and modernity come together very well in dishes such as the bass tartar, grouper with saffron sauce, goose liver with jam of baby eggplants. Expensive. ****

Canela 8 Shlomtzion HaMalcha St. (02) 622-2293. Sun-Thurs 12:00-17:00 and 19:00-24:00, Fri 12:00-17:00, Sat from close of Shabbat. Attractive, just formal enough with fine service and creative cuisine. Good openers include grilled eggplant on green tchina, sweet potato soup. Main courses iunclude gnocchi with green peas and excellent goose-leg confit. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. ***

Cavalier 1 Ben Sira St.. (02) 624-2945. Daily 12:30-16:00 and 18:30-23:30. Pleasing atmosphere with a good wine list. Among my favorites: tuna sashimi, goose liver terrine, veal brains with lemon-butter sauce, coquilles St. Jacques with artichokes and nuts and beef fillet a la Troisgros. Moderate- Expensive. ***

Eldad VeZehoo 31 Jaffa St. (in the Feingold Courtyard). (02) 634-7033. Open Sun-Thurs 12:00-24:00, Friday until an hour before Shabbat, Saturday night until 24:00. Comfortable and just casual enough. Goose liver with Calvados sauce or veal carpaccio as first courses and veal sweetbreads in white wine or the fillet steak in red wine sauce. A good apple tart for dessert. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. ***


North African and Middle Eastern


Darna 3 Horkanus St. (02) 624-5406. Sun-Thurs 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-24:00, Sat night. Beautiful and authentic Moroccan setting. Pie with Cornish hen and almonds, lamb and lentil soup, lamb tagine with prunes, excellent couscous. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. **

Philadelphia 9 Zahara St. (02) 628-9770 and 1 Shimon Hatzadik St. (02) 582-2472. Simple but good regional dishes in both branches of these popular Jerusalem restaurants. Good meze followed by kebabs, shishliks, lamb tagines, or grilled, herbed fish. Moderate. *

Sima 82 Agrippas St. (02) 623-3002. Sun-Thurs 10:00-01:00, Sat from 20:00. Most come to this ultimately simple Jerusalem landmark to feast on “Jerusalem grill” (chicken hearts and livers, bits of lamb all seasoned marvelously and fried with onion and garlic). Reasonable. Kosher. *


Pot-Pourri

Mona 12 Shmuel Hanagid St. (02) 622-2283. Sun-Thurs 12:00-15:30, 19:00-01:00. Relaxed atmosphere in an charming old stone building. Best bets include grilled shrimps on Swiss chard, salmon tartar, grilled fillet of sea bream. Moderate. **

Olive 36 Emek Refa'im St. (02) 561-1102. Easy-going country-style dining in a simple but pleasant atmosphere. Eggplant filled with tchina, beef kebabs, goose breast on a green salad. Reasonable-Moderate Kosher. *

Selina 24 Emek Refa'eem St. (02) 567-2049. Open Sun-Thurs 12:00-23:00, Fri 12:00-16:00 and Saturday from the close of Shabbat. Good beef carpaccio topped with mushrooms, chicken wings in a spicy peanut butter sauce, entrecote with herbed olive oil sauce.. Moderate. Kosher **

Shmil BaMa'abada 28 Derekh Hevron, Jerusalem. (02) 673-1629, Sun 18:00-24:00; Mon-Thurs 09:30-24:00; Fri afternoons and Sat from close of Shabbat -01:00. Set behind the old Jerusalem railroad station, charmingly re-done. Fine opening meze of labane, tabbouleh, pickled red peppers and zucchini. Don't miss the potato kreplach but also consider the eggplant pastry in casserole, and for dessert the platter of pastries. Simple but fun. Reasonable-Moderate. Kosher. **

Vaqueiro 54 HaNeve’eem St. (02) 624-7432. Sun-Thurs 12:30-16:30 and 18:30-23:00. Tasty South American and South African meats on the grill along with good salads in a pleasant atmosphere. Reasonable. Kosher. *

Paradiso 36 Keren Hayesod St. (02) 563-4805. Sun-Fri 10:00-01:00, Sat 12:00-02:00. Appealing café-restaurant with good antipasti, potato gnocchi and chicken in the Cordon Bleu style. Wines by glass or bottle and good pastries. **



HERZLIYA AND THE COASTAL PLAIN

Country Dining

Algonquin: Moshav B’nia (near Yavne). (08) 942-1044. Mon-Sat 19:00-22:00. Intimate country dining. Excellent opening antipasti offerings, good Camembert quiches, excellent goose liver and pork ossobuco. Worth a special trip. Reservations required. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Pri Megadim 3 Rothschild, Mazkerit Batia. (08) 934-9946. Mon-Sat 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-23:00. Fine rustic dining. Goose liver pate, deep fried spinach and cheese balls and then lamb osso bucco, gizzards in brown sauce, mutton stew with shallots. Moderate ***



Far Eastern

Pat Qua 6 Galgalai Haplada St., Herzliya Pituach. (09) 952-76478. Daily 12:00-24:00. One of Israeli Aharoni’s fun to eat at Chinese dining emporiums. Chicken and fish Szechuan style, hot and sour pork, duck with ginger sauce and any of the good noodle or dim sum dishes. **

Tandoori (Indian) 32 Maskit St., Herzliya Pituach. (09) 954-6702. Daily 12:30-15:30 and 19:00-01:00. Welcoming atmosphere with good mulligatawny soup, lamb chops in masala sauce, tandoori chicken, lamb curry and kulfi (pistacho enriched Indian ice cream). Moderate. **

Yakiniku Tenka 9 Maskit St, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 958-0322. Daily 19:00-01:00 plus Sat 12:00-16:00. An attractive, close to genuinely Japanese setting, with foods cooked on the hibachi grill set into each table. Start with the appetizers known as kimchi, go on to ox-tail soup, continue with coquilles St. Jacques, slices of beef rib, beef tongue and whatever other meats appeal. Service is a delight here. Moderate-Expensive ***

Zuzobra 7 Shenkar St., Herzliya Pituach. (09) 957-7077. Daily 12:00-24:00. Post-modern Asian cuisine including a host of small dishes (call them Far-Eastern tapas if you like) come together as “pure fun”. Eggrolls in hot and sweet sauce, herbed chicken hearts, noodles with seafood and vegetables. Moderate. ***


Fish and Seafood

Al HaMaim Sharon Beach, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 950-1767. Daily 12:30-23:00. On the beach, with an unpretentious but pleasant atmosphere. Seafood soup, fried calamari, shrimp on skewers, fillets of fresh sea fish, shrimps or calamaris in lemon-garlic-butter sauce. Moderate. **

Daniel 4 HaMalacha St., Ashdod. (08) 856-7392. Mon-Sat 12:00-24:00. Sophisticated, appealing décor. Among best offerings are seafood “cigar” with anchovy sauce, coquilles St. Jacques in butter sauce, eggplant topped with goat’s cheese, seafood casserole with a saffron-rich sauce. Moderate. ***

Fish: On the seaside promenade, Rishon Le Tzion. (03) 941-4151. Daily 12:00-24:00. Dining with a view of the sea. Start with mixed meze (matias, ikra, green tchina, grilled eggplant, carpaccio of sea fish) and then go on to fish kebabs, shrimps in garlic butter sauce. Mahlabi for dessert Moderate. **

Idi 6 Habosem St., Ashdod. (08) 852-4313. Daily 12:00-24:00. Large but fun and with dishes that are often excellent. If the twelve course “spoiling menu” seems daunting, good bets are the mussels in wine, shrimp fra diavolo, steamed crabs, seafood filled Moroccan style “cigars”. Moderate. ***




French

Angelina: 14 HaBanim St, Hod HaSharon. (09) 744-1444. Daily 08:00-01:00. Between a brasserie and a neighborhood bistro in style, with shrimps in garlic-rich sauce, raviolis with ricotta and Parmesan cheese, shrimp risotto and good entrecote steaks with pepper sauce. Moderate. **

Isadora 20 HaCarmel St.(in the Gan Ha Ir complex), Rishon le Tzion. (03) 966-5353 Daily 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-23:00. A hyper-modern, nearly all black but welcoming atmosphere. As first courses coquilles St. Jacques on a bed of pea puree, the goat's cheese salad, and as main courses raviolis filled with pumpkin and ricotta cheese and the pork ossobuco. Moderate-Expensive. **

OM 4 Bnei Brit St, Hod Ha Sharon. (09) 740-5853.Daily 08:00-16:00 and 18:00-24:00. Super-casual, but with appealing culinary offerings. Calamari filled with herbed rice, endive salad, fried shrimps with bacon, spareribs in honeyed bbq sauce, drumfish on pureed peas. Moderate. **

Rocca 8 Ramot Yam, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 951-5129. Daily 09:00-16:00 and 19:00-02:00. Large and physically beautiful, a hypermodern, mass-market restaurant. Best first course here is of deep fried baby calamaris and a good choice as a main course the lamb neck in a red wine sauce. As much a place to see and be seen as to dine. Moderate-Expensive. **

Violet: Rehov HaDagan, Meshek 6, Moshav Udim. (09) 835-0902. Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 and 19:00- 23:00, Fri 11:00-16:00, and Sat 13:00-16:00. Sophisticated dining in a charming countrified setting. As starters, coquilles St. Jacques with soya and rice vinegar sauce; torellini filled with veal cheek meat with truffle oil and a spicy wine sauce. As main courses, gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, mixed seafood skillet in a white butter sauce. Don't miss the desserts. Moderate. ***



Jewish

Tzimmis 27 Maskit St., Herzliya Pituach. (09) 956-1144. Sun-Thurs 12:00-24:00, Fri 12:00-16:00. No real charm, but if it’s the traditional Jewish dishes you long for, a good bet. Gefilte fish, chopped liver, calf’s foot jelly, roast goose, beef tongue, beef stew. Reasonable. Kosher. *

Meat

Ad HaEtzem Hagalim St, near the corner of Maskit, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 950-3138. Daily 12:00-24:00.The grandfather of the restaurants in Herzliya Pituach but not at all passe. Chicken wings in barbecue sauce, 300 gram hamburgers, good sirloin steaks and spare ribs. Moderate. **

Agadir Bar-Burger 9 HaMene’fim St., Herzliya Pituach. (09) 951-6551. Daily 12:00-03:00. Attractive, with warm service and a friendly atmosphere and offering truly delicious hamburgers, chips and ice-cold beer. Pure fun. **

Black Bar & Burger In the Cinema City complex, Glilot. Daily 10:00-02:00. (03) 699-1100. A highly designed, upswing burger restaurant. Start with grilled eggplant on a pita with orange-flavored tchina and then go for the perfect 330 gram burger with whatever extras you choose. Quiet enough for adult enjoyment and lovely with children. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Black Steer 3 HaSandlar St. Herzliya Pituach. (09) 955-7464. Daily 12:00-24:00. South-African style dining. Try the Boere Wors sausages, buffalo wings, steaks, spare ribs. Don’t miss the fried onion rings. Moderate. **

Porterhouse 8 Bnai Dror St. Industrial Area of Tel Mond. (09) 796-9666. Daily 12:00-24:00. Set in a not especially attractive industrial area but once inside a comfortable country-style steakhouse. Good sweetbreads and chicken wings as starters and then fine porterhouse, entrecote and other steaks along with good 350 gr. burgers. Moderate. **

The Meat and Wine Co. 16 Shenkar St. Herzliya Pituach. (09) 956-7006. Sun-Thurs, 12:00-24:00, Fri 12:00-16:00, Sat 21:30-24:00. Attractive restaurant featuring South African and international meat dishes. Munch on some biltong before gong on to boer woer sausages, the red tuna tatare, steaks, roasts or burgers. Moderate. Kosher ***

Rubinstein 17 Giborai Israel, Poleg Junction, Netanya. (09) 788-8838. Daily 12:00-01:00 Stictly for carnivores. Good openers are the sirloin carpaccio, chicken wings in a sweet and hot chili sauce, chicken liver pate. As main courses a truly fine pork rib with Dijon mustard sauce, 300 gr. entrecote steaks, and chorizo sausages.Try the crème brulee with berry confiture for dessert. Reasonable-Moderate. ***


Middle-Eastern and North African

Arabeska 4 Ben-Tzion Galis St., Tzomet Sgula, Petah Tikva. (03) 904-4242.Daily 12:00-24:00. Good country-style Arab cuisine. Meals open with a very good mixed meze. Go on to siniyah, a variety of mutton or any of the lamb or beef based tagines and for dessert the knafe pastry. Reasonable. **

Oro 16 Moshe Becker St. in the old Industrial Area, Rishon LeTzion. (03) 950-7085. Sun-Thurs 12:00-01:00, Fri until 1 hour before Shabbat; Sat night until 24:00. Moroccan food in an attractive haven. "Cigars" stuffed with sweetbreads and dates, veal with roasted almonds, butterflied sardines stuffed with fresh herbs, and fine mutton and veal tagines. Reasonable-Moderate. Kosher. **



Modern American

Edison 282 Achuza St., Ranana. (09) 774-3131. Daily 12:00-24:00. As bright and colorful a bistro as you will find. Salmon seviche, chicken liver pate with pistachio nuts, lamb filled Moroccan "cigars" as starters and then on to good burgers, entrecote steak and wraps. Good mahlabi for dessert. Moderate. ***

Erez Bareket corner of Maskit, Herzliyia Pituah. (09) 955-9892. Sun-Fri 08:00-24:00, Sat from 09:00. A hyper-casual, funky and fun place at which the menu changes often, always offering excellent vegetarian, meat and fish dishes. Worth visiting to explore the ever-changing offerings. Reasonable- Moderate. ***

Medzzo Marina Village, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 951-0077. Formal dining from 19:00 – 24:00, bar and terrace and cafe areas from 09:00 – 01:00. Sophisticated atmosphere with tempting asparagus risotto, sweetbreads with brioche, and entrecote with chimichurri sauce. Moderate to Expensive. **





Pot-Pourri

Fabian 3 Pekeris St., Science Park, Rehovot. Tel (08) 946-6111. Daily 12:00 – 24:00. As modern as the hi-tech industrial park in which it sits and with a distinctly Tel Avivian air. Open with the sautéed goose liver with peach ad lime chutney or the spiced shrimps on a lemon-rich guacamole. A good bet as a main courses is the lamb ossobuco, and for dessert try the eggroll filled with pineapple. Moderate. **





HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Country Style

Adalina Kibbutz Kabri (04) 995-2707. Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 and 19:00-22:00. Country style dining in a comfortable and attractive setting. Excellent and original opening meze, tempting lentil soup, skirt steak topped with grilled bacon, and Spanish style zarzuela (a rich fish and seafood stew). Moderate. ***

Am-Burger In the new shopping center, Rosh Pina (04) 680-1592. As laid-back as you will find but comfortable and surprisingly good dining. Calamari in garlic butter and white wine; shrimps in a pink wine sauce; excellent burgers and steaks. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Bat Ha’eycar 21 Harishonim St, Metulla. (04) 699-7177. Daily 10:00 – 24:00. French-Mediterranean offerings in a 19th century farm building. Mushrooms with honeyed soya sauce, grilled eggplant with cream sauce, chicken with grilled peppers, grilled smoked meats. Moderate. **

Beit Rona, Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra. (053) 805349. Open daily 12:00-23:00. Advance reservations required. Countrified dining with an exquisite view. First courses of lamb, veal and leek meatballs, goose breast with plums, sweet pepper tarts. Best main courses include lamb osso buco and veal chops. Tasty desserts. Moderate. **

The Casserole of the Witch and the Milkman In the Nimrod Settlement, Ramat Ha Golan. For driving instructions telephone (04) 687-0049. Daily 12:00-22:00. With an exquisite panoramic view of Mt. Hermon and the valley below, a simple but charming country restaurant. Chicken liver pate in cassis, sorrel and Swiss chard soup, goats' cheese pastries, lamb casserole, and for dessert, either the cheese platter or the chocolate fondue. Moderate. **

Gan Eden Har Knan, Tsfat. For driving instructions phone (04) 697-2434 Sun-Thurs 09:00-23:00, Fri 09:00-15:30, and Sat after close of Shabbat. Set in a small country home, an intimate and informal country-style restaurant. Pumpkin soup or gazpacho to start and then raviolis filed with sheep's milk cheese with tomato and mushroom sauce. Good New York Style cheesecake. Moderate. Kosher **

HaKdira Shel Noga Moshav Beit Sha’arim (on the Haifa-Nazereth Road). (04) 983-0730. Daily 12:00-24:00. Casual and without a touch of falsity. Raviolis with Roquefort and nuts, country style pate, crepes with crabmeat and leeks, country style spare ribs. Moderate. **

The Herb Farm. HaGilboa. (04) 653-1093. Mon-Sat 13:00-23:00. In a wood building with a lovely view, good service and fun dining. Pumpkin soup with apples and sour cream, lamb ossobuco, hot apple pie. Moderate. **

MeatShos In the industrial area of Katzrin, Ramat ha Golan. (04) 696-3334. Open daily 12:00-24:00. Simple but delicious, with fine opening salads and beef and lamb specialties, the best of which may be the T-bone and entrecote steaks and the grilled lamb chops. The restaurant serves only kosher products but has no kashrut certificate because it is open on the Shabbat. Moderate. **




Far Eastern

Pagoda On the Lido Beach, Tiberias. (04) 672-5513. Sun-Thurs 12:00-23:00. Westernized but fun Chinese and Thai food on the shore of the Kinneret. Best bets are Thai tam yam soup, tasty egg-rolls, lemon chicken and tempura style goose. Reasonable=Moderate. Kosher. **


Fish and Seafood

Abu Christo In the port area of the Old City of Akko. (04) 991-0065. Daily from 10:00-24:00. A traditional tavernna boasting a fine view of the sea. Among best meze offerings are the tabbouleh, humous with pine nuts, eggplant salad with sumac, and mushroom salad with coriander. The crabs with a sauce of butter, white wine and garlic are excellent as are jumbo-sized shrimps with a tomato and feta cheese sauce and any of the grilled freshly caught fish that are offered. Moderate. **

Helena in ancient Caesaria. (04) ) 610-1008. Daily 12:00-23:00. A lovely building on water's edge with tempting and sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine. As first courses, excellent crab bisque, eggplant with yoghurt and garlic, seviche of amberjack and then on to seafood couscous, grey mullet on a bed of onions and Swiss chard, lamb kebabs with green tchina and eggplant puree. Moderate. ***

Jacko 12 Hadekalim St., Haifa. (04) 866-8813. Sun-Fri 12:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-18:00. A long established favorite. Stay with simple offerings such as grilled shrimp, deep fried red mullets, calamari, fried or grilled fish. Reasonable. **

Uri Burri Lighthouse Square, Acco. (04) 955-2212. Daily except Tues 12:00-23:00. Excellent dining in an unpretentious setting. Among best offerings, amberjack seviche, anchovy filets in lemon and oil, seafood soup, coquilles St Jacques in curried cream sauce. Bring a fine bottle of wine with you. Moderate. ****

French


Gaya in the Industrial Area of Binyamina (opposite the Railroad Station). (04) 618-1818. Mon-Sat 12:00-24:00. A simple but attractive and comfortable haven. Calamari on ginger flavored spinach, grilled shrimps with avocado sauce, coquilles St. Jacques wrapped in bacon, cannelloni stuffed with mushrooms. Reasonable-Moderate. **

HaNamal 24: 24 HaNamal St., Haifa. (04) 862-8899. Mon-Sat 12:00-24:00. Set in a rather run-down neighborhood but once you enter it is into a world of elegance and charm. Piquant gazpacho with a raw oyster; shrimps on a bed of lime-flavored humous; lamb chops topped with goat's cheese with a pumpkin risotto; drum fish on eggplant. Fine desserts. Moderate-Expensive. ***

HaNeshika 37 HaMayasdeem, Zichron Yakov. Tel 04 6390133. Mon-Fri 08:30-23:00, Sat from 09:00. A sophisticated Provencal country-style restaurant. As first courses, mushrooms with herbs and feta or baked chopped lamb wrapped in eggplant and as main courses the lamb stew, the lamb done assado style and any of the beef-based casserole dishes. Fine desserts, good wine list. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Japro in the new high-tech area, Yochneam. (04) 989-1988. Daily 12:00-24:00. Intentionally industrial in appearance but warm and comfortable. As first courses, the seared red tuna with sesame seeds, shrimps on a bed of eggplant cream and duck liver pate. As main courses, good seafood platter, duck breast, and a fine Moroccan pastry filled with ground meat and beets. Reasonable-Moderate **

Muscat At the Mitzpe Hayamim Spa-Hotel, Rosh Pina. (04) 699-9555. Sun-Fri 18:00 – 24:00 and Saturday 13:00-24:00. A sophisticated restaurant situated in the hills of the Upper Galilee with an exquisite view. Open with veal sausages in the Provencal style,carpaccio of veal, or beets filled with goat's cheese. For main courses consider the potato gnocchi filled with piquant goats' cheese or the leg of kid with a rich veal sauce. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Nechalim Gan HaTzafon Shopping Center, Hurshat Tal Road, Kiryat Shmona. (04) 690-4875. Sun-Fri 12:00-17:00 and 18:00-23:00 and Sat 12:00-23:00. Good antipasti, calamari in ginger-soya sauce, mussels in wine sauce and entrecote in pepper sauce. Moderate. **

Picciotto 41 Hameyasdim St., Zichron-Ya’akov. (06) 629-0646. Mon-Sat 12:30-16:00 and 19:00-23:00. Warm and eye-appealing. Goat’s cheese souffle, Jerusalem artichoke soup, lamb ossobuco, shrimps with saffron sauce. Moderate-Expensive. **



Meat


Babayit shel Rafa Beit Professor Mor, Old Rosh Pina. (06) 693-6192. Daily 12:30-23:30. Set in an old stone building with a genuine feeling of the surrounding countryside. Cannelloni with spinach and sweetbreads, assado of veal in cassoulet with chorizo sausages. Moderate. **

Chavat Bat Ya’ar Mitspe Amuka. (04) 692-1788. Daily 11:00- 23:00. A rustic steakhouse on a horse ranch in the Galilee hills. Best bets are American cut steaks (T-bone, sirloin and rib steaks), and hamburgers. Excellent to visit with children. Moderate. **

Dex On the Lido Beach, Tiberias (04) 672-5513. Sun-Thurs 12:00-23:00, Fri for lunch and Saturday after close of Shabbat. Really good meat dining on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Good burgers, steaks and ribs. Moderate. Kosher **

Octagon On the main road through Nahalal. Daily 09:00-24:00. Tel: (04) 641-5333. In a pastoral setting, an upswing steakhouse. Open with the tapas (catfish fillets in nuri sweaweed, carpaccio of beef fillet, shrimps in a piquant sauce, goose and chicken liver pate; and go on to grilled sea bream, entrecote steaks or fine hamburgers. Moderate. ***


Middle Eastern and Balkan


Diana Paul VI St., Nazereth. (04) 657-2919. Daily 12:00-24:00. Attractive without pretext, with a warm atmosphere and genuine Middle-Eastern cookery. Tabbouleh, humous, fatouche (bread salad), kebabs, shishliks and shrimps in garlic-butter sauce. Reasonable to Moderate. ***

Elbabor on the Wadi Ara Road at the Ein Ibrahim Junction. (04) 611-0691. Daily 09:00-24:00. A warm greeting and an attractive dining area. Excellent meze, kubbeh filled with beef and pine nuts, roast mutton, siniyah (baked ground meat and tchina). Reasonable. **

Golden Coral: Stela Marris 100, Haifa. (04) 831-4399. Daily 11:00-24:00. Tel 04 8314399. A splendid panoramic view of the sea from Haifa to Rosh HaNikra. Traditional Arab fare with a distinct Greek touch. Best mezes are baba ganoush, empanadas filled with crabmeat and shrimp, vine leaves filled with green wheat. Go on to kubbeh bassonyeh (a pie with ground veal coated with tchina) or lamb kebabs and for dessert the excellent knafe pastry. Moderate. ***

Lee'ali Beirut in the village of Jeesh on the Gush Halav Road. (04) 698-9864. Daily 10:00-22:00. A super-simple physical setting, but one that holds fully genuine Lebanese country-style cookery. A huge meze, best of which include vine leaves filled with cumin and paprika rich rice; mushrooms in a lemony sauce, grilled baby eggplants with tchina, chicken livers with oil, wine vinegar and cumin. Among best main courses are mutton chops, lamb stew with chickpeas. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Ma’ayan Habira 4 Natanson St., Haifa. (04) 862-3193. Daily 10:00-17:00. A Haifa landmark, this ultimately simple and not spotlessly clean Balkan eatery features often godlike food. Splendid eggplant dishes, chopped liver, and ikra as starters. As main courses beef ribs, pastrami and, when available, grilled suckling pig and rabbit. Moderate. ***

Misedit Hakeves main street of Daliat al Karmel. (04) 839-3510. Daily 10:00-22:00. Start with stuffed vine leaves, tabbouleh and other salads and then continue with to kebabs, mutton stew, or a delicious lamb and bean tagine. Reasonable. **


Romanian

Yonak 23 Kibutz Galliyot St. Haifa. (04) 866-7929. Sun-Thurs 10:30-22:00; Friday until 17:30. Serving Romanian dishes in the same super-simple setting since 1948. Chopped chicken liver, calf's foot jelly, irka and creamy eggplant salad as starters and then on to pork steak or kebabs for main courses. As much for nostalgia as for the food. Reasonable. *

Pot-Pourri

The Wine Bar at Pina BaRosh 6 HaChalutzim St., Rosh Pina. (04) 693-6582 Daily 08:30-01:00. An attractive wine bar qua restaurant focusing largely on Israeli wines and cuisine. Appealing meals and snacks. Reasonable-Moderate. **




EILAT AND THE SOUTH

Far Eastern

Tandoori (Indian) on the King’s Wharf, behind the Laguna Hotel, Eilat. (08) 633-3879. Daily 12:00-24:00 Chicken tandoori, mulligatawny soup, lamb in green masala sauce, shrimp curry. Moderate. **


Fish and Seafood


The Last Refuge On the Coral Beach, Eilat. (08) 637-2437. Daily 13:00-16:30 and 18:00-23:30. Set on the sea and probably the beach-bum’s dream of paradise. Coquille of seafood and forest mushrooms, fish soup, grilled or fried fish. Moderate. *

Pago-Pago: On the northern bank of the Lagoon, Eilat. (08) 637-6660. Daily 12:30-24:00. Set on a barge, this casual restaurant seems to have been in Eilat forever. Grilled garlic shrimps, deep fried calamari, grilled fish with garlic and butter sauce. Moderate. *


French


Brasserie King Solomon Hotel. (08) 636-3444. Sun-Thurs 19:00-23:20, Sat night. An Americanized brasserie with best bets the prime-ribs, medallions of goose liver in Calvados sauce, and veal sweetbreads a la Reine. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. **

Moroccan

Yakota 27 Mordai Haghetta'ot St., Beer Sheba (08) 623-2689. Sun-Thurs 12:00-24:00; Fri 11:00-16:00; Sat after the close of Shabbat. Tel 08 6232689. Genuine Moroccan cuisine in a homey and warm atmosphere, every dish a mini-masterpiece of country-style cuisine. Fine meze offerings and then excellent lamb, beef and ox-tail tagines. Tempting pastries and tea for dessert. Moderate. Kosher ***
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby Mike_F » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:00 am

What about Adom in Jerusalem?
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:41 am

Mike, Hi....

My last two visits to Jerusalem's Adom were not satisfying. Lovely setting, excellent bar, fine wine list but service and culinary faults at this stage that preclude a recommendation. No fear though, I will be returning in the near future and am hoping for a return to quality and satisfaction.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby EY Han » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:54 pm

Daniel Rogov wrote:Selina 24 Emek Refa'eem St. (02) 567-2049. Open Sun-Thurs 12:00-23:00, Fri 12:00-16:00 and Saturday from the close of Shabbat. Good beef carpaccio topped with mushrooms, chicken wings in a spicy peanut butter sauce, entrecote with herbed olive oil sauce.. Moderate. Kosher **


Today for lunch I tried the business meal for the first time at Selina, and the beef carpaccio and entrecote with herbed olive oil sauce were both on the afternoon menu for 59+15 (for the entrecote, I guess) NIS. Unfortunately, the "good beef carpaccio" hasn't been topped with mushrooms for some year and a half from what I was told. The meal was very good, the overall service exceptional, and the server fairly lovely…

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Lee'ali Beirut

Postby Y Weinstock » Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:01 pm

Based on Daniel's superb review, we drove to Jish on Thursday for lunch at Lee'ali Beirut. I can't remember the last time I had a worse meal. We ordered the assorted mezze, expecting the quality (and quantity) of salads extolled by Daniel. What we got was industrial at best and sub-standard at worst. We only got 4 or 5 salads, including a salad of canned tuna, mayonaise and corn that looked so awful that I was scared to taste it. The other salads (humous, tehina, turkish salad) tasted like they had come out of a container. The turkish salad had the distinct taste of tomato paste. There was also some sort of carrot salad and pickles. The pitas we received were ok, but were not particularly fresh and were not warm.
For our main course we ordered lamb ribs which were ok, but certainly not any better than one would get in any roadside Mizrahi restaurant and much worse than the standard that one would expect in, say, a city like Tel Aviv.

To his credit, the owner saw that we hardly touched our food and asked us if everything was ok. When we told him that we were disappointed by the food, especially considering the review we had read in Haaretz, he refused to let us pay for our meal, even when we insisted.

I don't remember the last time my experience in a restaurant was so different from what I read in a review by a critic that I tend to trust. I would assume that we had come on an off day, but I find it stange that even the type of mezze served to us had no resemblance to those mezze discussed by Daniel in his review (except for the canned pickes, which made an appearance both at Daniel's table and at ours.
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:16 pm

First of all, welcome to the Forum but second, ye gods, it does sound as if you had a more than somewhat negative experience. I can understand "off-days" for restaurants but not falls like this one. Feedback such as this is important to the critic. I can see that a surprise return visit is most assuredly in order. I shall be in the Jish/Gush Halav area in the next two weeks and will certainly pay that return visit.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby EY Han » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:06 pm

Daniel Rogov wrote:Selina 24 Emek Refa'eem St. (02) 567-2049. Open Sun-Thurs 12:00-23:00, Fri 12:00-16:00 and Saturday from the close of Shabbat. Good beef carpaccio topped with mushrooms, chicken wings in a spicy peanut butter sauce, entrecote with herbed olive oil sauce.. Moderate. Kosher **


I went back to Selina yesterday afternoon. I was greeted very courteously, and I immediately asked about the chicken wings in the peanut butter sauce, because I noticed that in the lunch menu they only had wings in either BBQ or Teriyaki sauce. The host(?) explained to be that the new menu no longer has this rather these new styles.
I ended staying and ordering the Liver Paté and Burger. My appetizer of paté initiially came out frozen, yet I tried to continue eating it and I was not enjoying it. I then noticed a longer hair in one part, so I complained to the host. He immediately had it replaced with a larger serving (the size for dinner?) of the paté at just the right consistently, and it came with some kind of cherry sauce. I enjoyed it very much and was even satiated by the end of finishing it. My burger was prepared medium well, but it was only slightly above average burger and I would not return to eat this particular dish.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:52 pm

Updated today as I shall in the future on a monthly basis. Only one significant change outside of Tel Aviv:

Zichron Ya'akov, French Category - Updated entry for HaNeshika (The Kiss)


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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 16 July)

Postby EY Han » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:43 pm

Daniel Rogov wrote:Selina 24 Emek Refa'eem St. (02) 567-2049. Open Sun-Thurs 12:00-23:00, Fri 12:00-16:00 and Saturday from the close of Shabbat. Good beef carpaccio topped with mushrooms, chicken wings in a spicy peanut butter sauce, entrecote with herbed olive oil sauce.. Moderate. Kosher **


The 9 days of the month of Av have passed, and I went for a third time to Selina this afternoon. At first I was absolutely determined to try some chicken wings in its "new" rendition with BBQ or Teriyaki sauce (I refused the latter), but I found myself deliberating for quite a while seeing the dishes that I had not tried within in matching with my tastes and inclinations at the time. In the end I ordered the BBQ Chicken Wings for the appetizer followed by a main dish of Pasta Penne in a tomatoe based sauce. The wings' sauce was a little thin, overly sweet, and really lacking. Thankfully, the staff was very courteous and immediate to pleasing me, and suggested and brought out a sample then a heated larger dish of spicy chili sauce. The new sauce was much better for dipping the remaining chicken wings in. Overall, I enjoyed the pasta dish, although at first I thought not that it was over salty but it was slightly more salty without real detriment, and this very well might have been because of the type of black olives minisculely cut into the sauce. So, so far I would not return for the Selina Burger nor the Chicken Wings, but I was really interested in trying the Chicken Liver main dish, but I didn't find someting I felt like match it with as appetizer (I felt the day was too hot for a hot bowl of Sweet Potatoe Soup).

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 13 Sep)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:23 am

Updates for 13 September 2008:

1. Updated entry for HaNeshika, Rosh Pina
2. New entry for Dagim ba Chatzer, Jerusalem (K)
3. Deleted the entry for Coconut, Herziliya (Now Closed)
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 14 Sep)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:52 am

Update for 14 Sep 2008


1. Deleted the entry for Terrine in Yavne (now closed)
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 14 Sep)

Postby DavidNS » Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:03 am

Hof Raanana closed down long ago.
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 14 Sep)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:43 am

David, Hello, Welcome to the Forum.

Thanks for the input. Will update immediately. Thanks!
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 14 Sep)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:04 pm

Updated 26 Sept 2008 to reflect changes in hours for HaNeshika.
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv (Updated 14 Sep)

Postby Daniel Rogov » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:38 pm

Only one update this time....

Shmeil BaMabada - changted from *** to **


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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 13 Nov 08

Postby Daniel Rogov » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:17 pm

Officially closed: Barcarola in Kfar Saba.
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 12 Dec 08

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:41 pm

Changes reflected this month:

Haifa - New entry for Vintage

Rosh Pina - Auberge Shulamit - Undergoing change of ownership - temporarily deleted
Rosh Pina - Doris - Closed
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 12 Dec 08

Postby Daniel Rogov » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:40 pm

Yet more changes for December:

Herziliya and Coastal Area: Deleted the entry for Hooters. Closed permanently
Herziliya and Coastal Area: Deleted the entry for Juliet Kitchen. Closed Permanently
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Rosemarine, Moshav Beit Hillel

Postby Vladimir P » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:39 am

I've stayed at Moshav Beit Hillel few weeks ago and visited Rosemarine. It is closed and it seems that it has been closed for a long time.
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 31 Dec 08

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:44 am

Vladimir, Hi....

Welcome to the Forum and thanks for the input. Deleted.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 31 Dec 08

Postby Michelle Nordell » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:30 pm

What about Eucalyptus in Jerusalem ? Have you been there in a while?
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 31 Dec 08

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:32 pm

Michelle, Hi......

I have dined their twice in the last two years. No longer on my recommended list.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 11 Feb 09

Postby Daniel Rogov » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:20 pm

Added two restaurants:

Eldad and Zehoo in the French Category in Jerusalem (Kosher)
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Golden Coral in the Middle-Eastern Category in Haifa
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-All But Tel Aviv- Updated 11 Feb 09

Postby Yossie Horwitz » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:35 pm

Rogov - Have you been to Gabriel in Jerusalem?
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