Archive | April, 2011

From Hadera to Gadera – Gadera 26

25 Apr

Friday noon, as we were on our usual hanging in Tel-Aviv city center – Dizingof Center, King George, Shenkin the Carmel Market and Nachlat Binymin area, we rode our bikes to a new place right at the market entrance – Gadera 26.

Thanks to transparent windows, the place is very well lit and has a very pleasant atmosphere taking the street inside the place. The menu is written on a chalkboard, offering fresh starters alongside homemade entrées.

Roasted Fennel and Lentils Salad

Each of us took his turn and went inside to take a look at the menu. We ordered Lentils Salad and Roasted Fennel; for entrees we took the Chraime & Slices of roasted Fillet of Beef. Alongside the starters we were also served a complimentary small Cabbage Salad, Tahini & slices of Challa.

Roasted Fillet of Beef

Both starters were fresh and special. The fennel was roasted on the grill which gave the vegetable a unique taste. The lentils salad had small pieces of lemon which gave it slightly sour and surprising taste.  The Chraime was a good homemade dish, but not spectacular. The Roast Fillet of beef was a cold beef dish, which was a light and fine.

Chraime

That was a successful break with some easy going food and a good mood.

The check please (2 people)

Lentils Salad – 10 NIS
Roasted Fennel – 10 NIS
Chraime – 36 NIS
Roasted Fillet of Beef – 34 NIS
Coke – 10 NIS
Soda Water – 11 NIS

All in all: 113 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale: 

3.5 Forks


Summary:

Food:  Market goods & homemade
Price:  Cheap – Medium
Location: Carmel Market / Nachlat Binyamin

Contact details: Gadera 26
Address:  26th Gadera st. Tel Aviv | 057-9443194|
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Thursday 12:00-16:45, 19:00-Late. Friday – 12:00-17:00 |
http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=11384 | No English menu

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Street Food in Disguise – Hamiznon (The Buffet)

16 Apr

Hamiznon

Recently we have reviewed one of the famous’ Eyal Shai restaurants – North Abraxas, and we were a little disappointed. Even though, a lot of buzz went through the city with the opening of Shani’s new place called Hamiznon (“The Buffet”). On the uprising area of the renovated Habima square, besides a few new places that seem to open up as mushrooms in the winter, Shani opened a place that serves the typical Israeli street food – the Pita bread. The only difference is what he delivers inside. And that is a whole different story.

As I (Shahar) was hungry, I called Tomer and we decided to check out the place. Just as we came by, two stools were vacant on the bar for us. This is the time when you need to be ready as the cashier will ask you how do you want to be called today (“Shrek 2” was the funniest they ran into according to them). As the whole chalked wall menu displays what you can insert into your Pita bread, we took Minute Skirt Steak Pita Bread and Kebab Pita Bread.

Preparing the dishes

As you wait for your dishes to be cooked (and seasoned in front of you), you are welcomed to grab a “row” (the remains of the Pita bread) together with some pickles, Tehini and a wonderful tomato paste.

"Rows" Buffet

Receiving our dishes, we were quite amazed for how Pita bread can taste. The Skirt Steak was perfectly cooked (and that is often very hard), and together with the same tomato sauce, onion, peppers and tehini was a truly delicious dish. The kebab Pita Bread was described by Tomer as excellent as the Kebab itself wasn’t over cooked and felt juicy.

Minute Skirt Steak Pita Bread

As I couldn’t resist myself, I ordered Chicken Liver Pita Bread as well. That too, didn’t drop from the level of the other dishes. Though chicken livers are again, easy to ruin, it simply melted in my mouth.

As we were about the finish our evening, complimentary Vodka chasers were served to us as well as a desert of a “Row” with roasted bananas and chocolate paste – which was a great way to end the evening.

Though many believe the price of Pita bread dishes should not rise from low-end prices, we think that the quality of the ingredients and mainly the wonderful taste of the dishes (as well as the great atmosphere sitting on the bar) justify the prices.

The check please (2 people):
Minute Skirt Steak Pita Bread – 44 NIS
Kebab Pita Bread – 42 NIS
Chicken Livers Pita Bread – 32 NIS
Sodas (X2) – 16 NIS

All in all:  134 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

4.5 Forks

 Summary:

Food:  Pita Bread with many options
Price:  Medium
Location: Ibn Gabirol and Dizingof

Contact details: Hamiznon
Address:  Ibn Gabirol 21, Tel Aviv | 03-7168977|
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Saturday 12:00-00:00
No Webpage

Expecting the extra – North (Tzfon) Abraxas

2 Apr

There are few chefs around town which you must check their places. Eyal Shani, Timeout Tel Aviv’s Chef of the year, is definitely one of them. Having few successful places as the Saloon, Hamiznon (the Buffet) and North Abraxas, his performance as a judge in the famous TV show “Master Chef” has given him a lot of publicity. We decided to visit his trendy North Abraxas which is located on the popular crossroads of Nachlat Binyamin & Lilinblum.

North Abraxas

The restaurant is divided to two. The one part is the bar, which is located in front of the open kitchen. If you can, we would suggest sitting there as it is a nice experience watching the cooks in action. The sitting part on the other hand, is quite dull and is used also as an entrance to the adjacent Abraxas club. Note that the dishes on North Abraxas are not arriving on plates but rather on papers, a unique touch, but not quite a “green” one. As appose to that, many of the ingredients of the place are organic, such as the not-so-tasty grape juice (no sodas but Soda water at North Abraxas).

Melting Into Itself - a Whole Mini Cauliflower

As starters we took a classic dish of Shani – a whole mini cauliflower “melts into itself” – and weren’t disappointed. The cauliflower was baked in the oven (probably with some butter) and had a wonderful taste. We also took Beet Carpaccio (not beef…). This time the dish wasn’t as good as expected. The beet was a little tasteless, and only the Crème fraiche that came along with it, managed to save the dish somehow.

Beet Carpaccio

Going through to the entrees we also took one classic of Shani – The Shrimps Pita bread. Though it seems quite weird to combine a street food like Pita bread with Shrimps, the dish is no less than marvelous. Quality Shrimps dressed with tomatoes and hot peppers sauce that drips through the whole fresh Pita bread was simply delicious.

Shrimps Pita Bread

Unfortunately we couldn’t give the same praises to the other dish – a European Seabass Chraime. Though the fish itself was quite good, the very hot tomatoes and peppers sauce was boring and didn’t give the fish the extra taste it needed. In addition, the fish was full of bones which made it quite hard on eating it as the sauce hid the fish.

European Seabass Chraime

Though we heard good things about the desserts, we decided to skip and head home. On the way back we agreed that North Abraxas is not a bad place at all, but it definitely didn’t raise to the expectations we had from Eyal Shani.

The check please (2 people)

Beet Carpaccio – 34 NIS
Cauliflower – 34 NIS
Shrimps in Pita Bread – 68 NIS
European Seabass Chraime – 92 NIS
2 X Soda water – 20 NIS
Organic grape juice – 16 NIS

All in all: 264 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

Summary:

Food:  Trendy Chef Restaurant
Price:  Medium-Expensive
Location: Nachlat Binyamin & Lilinblum

Contact details: North Abraxas
Address:  Lilinblum 40, Tel Aviv | 03-5166660|
Opening Hours:  Sunday 18:00-04:00 | Monday – Thursday 12:00-04:00 | Friday- Saturday 13:00-04:00
No Webpage

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