Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

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Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Daniel Rogov » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:50 am

Because I am now writing two wine columns weekly (instead of one) and am no longer the restaurant critic for HaAretz, I am no longer in a position where I can update these guides on a regular basis. Because some of the information may thus be dated, I am no longer going to keep these threads as "stickies" and let them float down as nature will have them do.



Following is the second half of the latest edition of my Israeli Restaurant Guide, that including my rather massive semi-annual update. This section includes the Herzliya and Coastal Region, Haifa and The North, Eilat and the South. The second half, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is found on a separate thread. Both are updated as of 4 Jan 2010.

Should anyone spot restaurants that they know have closed or have restaurants that they think should be included, please let me know either on this thread or by email to drogov@cheerful.com

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 400 per couple
Moderate: NIS 400-550 per couple
Expensive: More than NIS 550 per couple

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



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 ***

Cramim Moshav Sgula. (08) 850-5859 Daily 09:00-24:00. Simple but charming country-style dining in a laid-back atmosphere. Chicken liver pate, lamb in filo pastry, flank steak on skewers. Good lamb chops, burgers and steaks. Moderate. **




Far Eastern

Coconut 32 Maskit St., Herzliya Pituach. (09) 956-8959. Sun-Fri 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-01:00, Sat 13:00-01:00. Pleasing atmosphere and good service. Thai dishes include dim sum with shrimp, hot beef and beans in curry paste, duck in coconut milk. Moderate. **

Giraffe Cafe 9 Hasadna’oat St, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 954-8355. Daily 12:00-24:00. A fun Far-Eastern noodles bar. Among best dishes are the egg noodles with bacon, green onions and peanuts, ramen noodles with chunks of salmon, and the seafood soup with coconut milk. Moderate. **

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. **

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. **

Meat Bar 4 HaSadna'oat St, Herzliya Pituach. (09) 956-8844. Daily 12:00-24:00. A mass-market but attractive setting. As first courses chicken liver terrine, Caesar salad or carpaccio of fillet; as main courses the various burgers or the 300 gram entrecote. Don't miss the chips! 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. **




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. Not the great place that it once was but still a hyper-casual, funky and fun place at which the menu changes often, always offering good 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. **

Temple Bar In the Cinema City complex, Glilot. (03) 699-5536. Sun-Fri 17:00-01:00, Sat from 12:00. One of the many quasi-real Irish pubs around. Avoid the Shepher's pie and Irish roast but do try the good fried potatoes with sausages, the spicy chicken wings and the veal sausages. The de rigueur beverage is beer. Reasonable-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. **

Amirey Hagalil Moshav Amirim (on the road between Acco and Tsfat). (04) 698-9815. Sun-Fri 19:00-22:30. Situated in a physically beautiful hotel with a gorgeous view. Tempting baladi eggplants with tchina, plums filled with ground veal and rice and timbale of veal as first courses. As main course best bet is the veal and root vegetable stew. Not exciting cuisine but a charming setting. Moderate. Kosher. **

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. **

Bistro de Carmel Carmel Winery, Rehov HaYain 2, Zichron Ya'akov. (04) 639-1788. Sun-Thurs 09:00-23:00. Friday until 15:00, Saturday evening. Casual country-style dining while watching the action at the winery. Fine focaccia and meze to start, more formal first courses of grilled stuffed mushrooms and kebabs of salmon with green tchina. As mains fish 'n chips or raviolis filled with sweet potatoes. Good wine list. Reasonable-moderate. Kosher. **

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. **

Tishbi At the Tishbi winery, on the road from Binyamia to ZichronYa'akov. Tel (04) 628-8195 to verify opening hours. Casual but fun country-style dining when visiting the winery. Good calzone and thin crusted pizzas, fine salmon fillet and sea bream in the siniya style (on a base of eggplant all in a thick crust of tchina). Try the various Tishbi wines by the glass. 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. Sun-Fri 12:00-24:00m Sat 12:00-17:00. A simple, somewhat old fashioned 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 Hameyasdim St, Zichron Ya’akov. (04) 639-0133. Mon-Fri 08:30-23:00, Sat from 09:00-23:00. Provencal cookery in a charming rural setting. Among best courses – coquilles St. Jacques on tomatoes and zucchini, seafood risotto, country style sausages and pate and potato gnocchi with mozzarella. Among fine main courses, pork stew and chicken escalope with goose liver. Good desserts. 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 **

Doris Behind the gas station, opposite the Galilee Shopping Center, Rosh Pina. (04) 680-1313. Daily 12:00-01:00. Nothing fancy at this butcher-shop qua restaurant but fine meat dishes in casual, countrified setting. Start with the good meze and then go on to prime ribs or porterhouse steak (700 grams each), steaks or burgers. Moderate. **

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: 100 Stela Marris, Haifa. Open daily 11:00-24:00. (04) 831-4399. With a lovely view, offering a fine meze and good kubbeh bassonyeh (a pie of flat layers of burghul topped with ground veal and tchina). Good knafe for dessert. 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

Nineteen at the Golf Club, Caesaria. (04) 626-7000. Daily 12:00-23:00: The proverbial 19th hole at the golf club. Simple but pleasant. Endive salad with fruits and walnuts, carpaccio of beef as openers, gnocchi with crème fraiche and truffle oil, good burgers. Moderate. **

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


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. *



Moroccan[/u]

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-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Mike_F » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:47 pm

Hi Rogov,

I would add Yamatoya at Bnei Brit 6 Street in Hod HaSharon (Tel 09-7407554) to the list. A place true to Japanese culinary tradition, albeit in a bizarre setting flanked by carpenters and other small workshops. Chef Aya Imatani and her team did a fine job when we visited a couple weeks ago, and well worth the effort of a special trip IMVHO.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:08 pm

Mike, Hi....

I have not yet dined there. Will certainly add it to my list of places to be visited. Thanks for the tip,.


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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby David H » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:50 am

The restaurant "HaTahana" in Metulla should be on anyone's list.
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Richard_S » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:53 pm

Daniel, hi

I can't recommend too warmly Rottenberg in front of kibbutz Gesher (20 km north of Beit Shean). Distinguished french inspired somewhere chef cuisine, great scenic location, competent service and reasonable prices. Better reserving sveral weeks in advance.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Daniel Rogov » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:42 pm

Richard, Hi....

Not a restaurant known to me. I will certainly add it to my list of places to visit. Do you by chance have a phone number?

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Postby Richard_S » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:51 pm

Even better : they have a site at http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=6561. (Hebrew only, sorry)

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Daniel Rogov » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:02 pm

Richard, Hi....

Me thanks thee. On my next trip to the region this one will be visited.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Richard_S » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:29 pm

Concerning Rotenberg, I got news of changes of ownership & staff - I hope that it will go with no harm...

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide-Herzliya,Haifa,The North,The South

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:04 am

Several minor but important updates:

1. Haifa: Adama is closed
2. Eilat: Tandoori is closed
3. Eilat: Brasserie has changed policies and is no longer on my list of recommended restaurants
4. Herziliya: Marie Antoinette is closed
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