Above shore line – Seatara

25 Jan

A family birthday, this time Guy’s, Shahar’s brother, is always a good chance to find a special place to have dinner at. Even though, finding a place for Friday night for a party of nine is a very, very difficult task. After calling all sorts of restaurants (stopped counting at ten) we finally found a place – Seatara.

Seatara, beautifully located on top of a Northern Tel Aviv beach and inside the megalomaniacal project of Sea and Sun on Tel Baruch neighborhood, is an upper class bistro, decorated in a classical style with pictures of old Tel Aviv, equipped with 2 different bars, and offers mainly courses from the sea. Its prices fit well to the desired location, though not coming close to its neighbor – Turquoise restaurant.

Bream Involtini

Seating down after requesting the hostess to ask few people to put off their cigarettes, we took time to look into their menu. Giving some highlights from the starters, we took involtini of bream – slices of grilled fish filled with Hummus and parsley with tomato sauce – which was very good (the sauce was extremely tasty). A beef Carpaccio was also up to a good standard (it is Shahar’s 3 year old nephew’s favorite food), while a Calamari on the plancha took the best starter award because of it perfect cooking and its sauce that included dried tomatoes, onions and olive oil.

Red Drum Fillet with Gnocchi

On the main courses, there were some failures as the grilled chicken breast was very dry, and the “Catalan” seafood casserole was just ok (nothing like last week’s amazing Majillones). On the other hand, the grilled fillet of Red-Drum with gnocchi in cheeses crème was juicy and the gnocchi felt very fresh, while the beef entrecote was a piece of a quality meat cooked in the desired medium level.

The desserts weren’t bad as well as we took an excellent Malabi (an Arabic originated Almond pudding), a sweet and tasty Kadaif with Mascarpone crème. A Brulee crème was also served as a compensation for the dry chicken.

Kadaif and Mascarpone

All in all we are quite ambiguous. We cannot say we didn’t enjoy Seatara. It has a good quality of food, great Mediterranean Sea view, and classy setting. It’s just that it might not be the thing for us. We feel Seatara is way over-priced (see examples below), and it also gives a feeling of the too-wealthy-and-like-to-show-it-off given by the whole Sea and Sun compound.

The check please (9 people – just a sample of the actual check)

Bream Involtini – 56 NIS
Calamari on the Plancha – 67 NIS
Beef Carpaccio – 54 NIS
Seafood Casserole – 125 NIS
Red Drum Fillet with Gnocchi – 115 NIS
Grilled Chicken Breast – 85 NIS
Beef Entrecote – 145 NIS
Malabi – 38 NIS
Kadaif and Mascarpone – 38 NIS

Summary:

Food:  Seafood & Bistro Chef
Price:  Very Expensive
Location: Sea & Sun, Tel Baruch (Northern Tel Aviv)

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

3.5 Forks

Contact details: Seatara
Address:  8 Rosenblum Hertzel Street, Sea & Sun, Tel Aviv |
Phone: 03-6996633| Opening Hours:  09:00-00:00
http://www.seatara.co.il/len/

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