Update July 2013: The place is closed.
Birthdays are always a chance to celebrate in a restaurant you haven’t been in yourself because it’s too expensive or too special for a regular night out. Carmela is exactly that kind of restaurant. Years of good reviews, rumors of great food and Shahar’s and his dad birthday lead us for a family dinner in one of the best Nachlat Binyamin pedestrian street restaurants.
The ambiance in the place is quite unique, a little antique with a charm on its own; Wooden tables & chairs, mosaics up on the walls, candle lights and white-dressed waiters. Since we were quite a few people there (9), we’ll focus on our courses + some others (prices in brackets).
The fresh chop herbs salad with cashew nuts (39 NIS) was simply excellent, while it couldn’t reach the level of the Crab bisque (40) which was fantastic. On the other hand, the cured sirloin carpaccio (49) was just OK and a course of sliced sweet tomatoes with olives and ricotta cheese was quite dull.
Moving to the entrees, the shrimp and scallop with Uzo (105) was also rated as “just ok” in our perspective while the sea bream fillet “a la plancha” (98) was very good, the Beef fillet (130) was great and the potato noodles in porcini crème source was truly the dinner highlight.
After having few desserts which weren’t something to write home about, we came to conclusion that Carmela is a very good choice, yet a little too expensive for its quality.
Please note that there is an option of a tasting menu as well for a different style of dinner.
Food: Chef’s restaurant
Location: Nachlat Binyamin
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Contact details: Carmela Banachala
Address: Hatavor 46 corner Rambam 14, Nachlat Binyamin, Tel Aviv
Opening: Sunday to Saturday: 12:00 – 23:00.