Out of Range – Northern Israel Special

2 May

Lately we have been celebrating our 3 years anniversary. Although the upcoming wedding, we decided to take a break for one weekend in the North of Israel. Shahar, as always, took the responsibility of planning our trip and chose the Golan Heights. As part of the planning he was looking for good restaurants in the area. Unfortunately, the North of Israel is not as vibrant as Tel Aviv and there is only a little diversity, where most of the places specialize in steaks. When the hunger attacked us – we found ourselves trying to choose between one steaks restaurant to another. Eventually, we were at both of them and this post will summarize them.

Marinado

Near Ein Gev kibutz, we found the original branch of the famous Marinado chain. The place started as a butcher shop and over the time became a big place with a butcher shop, a restaurant and a cook store, all in one. The chain owns another two butcher shops, one of them is our regular butcher shop as it is located very close to our apartment.

Lamb Burger

When it comes to atmosphere, we felt as if we were in the middle of a working day lunch and not as we were – trying to have a romantic dinner. One major factor that contributed to our feeling was the fact the restaurant is located inside the cook store, next to the butcher. According to the fact that we were in the middle of a shop, the place was over-lit.

Fillet of beef

We took the fix priced meal (have I already mention that we felt like a working day lunch?) which included a lower priced starter, a main course and soft drinks.  We will spare you the details as the starters were mediocre at best and the main courses were good, yet nothing to blog about. We decided to skip the dessert and bought a very good chocolate in their store. Thank god we were in a middle of a cook store…

Moshbutz

On our second evening we were luckier with our plan for a romantic dinner. Moshbutz is located in Ramot Moshav and has a great view to the Sea of Galilee. The place offers more than steaks and I (Inbar) could easily find something else to eat as I was sick of the beef.

New York steak

For starters we wanted to take pickled trout with Anise and tomato. At that night the fish was replaced with Salmon. It was a nice dish but didn’t meet the expectations. We also took the Apples and Pomegranate Salad that was fresh and good. For entrées Shahar took New York steak which was one of the best steaks he had and I took Trout fillet that was only good and was served with fried vegetables (although presented as steamed in the menu).

Trout Fillet

As dessert we had the leftovers of the chocolates we bought the day before in Marinado’s shop.

Marindo

The check please (2 people):
Roasted Eggplant – 28 NIS
Green salad – 29 NIS
Fixed priced (Fillet of beef) – 69 NIS
Fixed priced (Lamb Burger) – 46 NIS
Soda water – 6 NIS
Coke – 6 NIS
2X Tishbi wine – 30NIS

All in all: 213 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3 Forks

Summary:
Food:  Steak House in the middle of the day
Price:  Medium
Location: Golan heights

Contact details:
Address:  Ein Gev Kibutz, Golan heights | 04-6658555 |
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Saturday 12:00-Late
http://www.marinado.co.il/site/default.asp?marinado=626

Moshbutz

The check please (2 people):
Pickled Salmon – 32 NIS
Apples and Pomegranate Salad – 38 NIS
New York steak – 112 NIS
Trout Fillet – 82 NIS
Soda water – 11 NIS
2X Gewurztraminer Wine – 50NIS

All in all: 325 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

3.5 Forks

Summary:
Food: Romantic Northern Steak House
Price: Medium-Expensive
Location: Golan heights

Contact details:
Address:  Ramot Moshav, Golan heights | 04-6795095 |
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Saturday 12:30-Late http://www.weekend.co.il/ramatg/moshbutz/index.html

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