Archive | June, 2011

The Perfect Romantic Celebration – The Wine Bar

30 Jun

We waited a long time since starting to write this blog until we have returned to one of our favorite places in Tel Aviv. Though quite a small place, containing nothing more than 4-5 tables and a bar, the Wine Bar has more romantic spirit and passion than most of the restaurants we have visited so far.

The Bar

Logging to their Facebook page, you’ll receive frequent updates (in Hebrew though) regarding their newest ingredient which came straight from the market or from the fisherman. Book a place at the bar as we have and you won’t be disappointed, as the highlight of the place is the fact that the chef is right in front of you, grilling the shrimps, chopping the Tuna and burning the Brule. That way you can also make sure the Wine Bar is using only fresh ingredients.

Greek Calamari Salad

We have booked a place at the bar a night after our wedding, as the celebration must continue. We shared three dishes. The first one was Greek Calamari Salad with Kalamate olives, tomatoes, green peppers and red onions. Though all fresh, something in the sauce didn’t come together and it was somewhat disappointing. The second dish was Pasta shreds with sautéed Italian Artichokes, delicate pesto sauce and Parmesan. This was a great example of the creative side of Wine Bar, and was a delicious dish (highly recommended if you are an Artichoke fan).

Artichokes and Pasta Shreds

The last dish we ordered is one of Inbar’s all time favorites –Seafood Gnocchi. A true quality homemade Gnocchi, was served with a selection of Shrimps and Calamari, cherry tomatoes, green peppers and coriander. The spiciness of the sauce and the fresh ingredients of the dish combined to one of the best seafood pastas we ever had.

Seafood Gnocchi

To end the evening with a sweet taste in our mouth we also took a Banana Crumble. The hot crisp topping and the warm banana fitted very well and were very tasty. Along with two glasses of Gewurztraminer wine we went out the street elated.

Banana Crumble

As long as the Wine Bar continues to have the passion it shows and continues to execute as it does now, we will definitely come back, at least once in a while.

The check please (2 people)

Artichokes and Pasta Shreds – 54 NIS
Greek Calamari Salad – 52 NIS
Seafood Gnocchi – 64 NIS
Banana Crumble – 32 NIS
2X Gewurztraminer by the glass – 68 NIS

All in all: 270 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale: 

4.5 Forks

Summary:

Food:  Mediterranean
Price:  Expensive
Location: Montefiore-Nachlat Binyamin

Contact details: Wine Bar
Address:  36 Nachlat Binyamin,Tel Aviv | 03-5102923|
Opening Hours:  Sunday-Thrusday, Saturday 19:00-01:00 Friday 13:00-01:00 |
http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=9866 (No English)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wine-Bar/99691452740

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Fashion Victim – Montefiore 7

25 Jun

Update July 2013: The place is closed.

Montefiore 7 Bar

The latest trend on town in the restaurant scene is the market restaurants that are opening up like mushrooms after the rain (which in this year was extended more than expected). As Adi offered to celebrate my birthday I chose to go after the trend and try one of the new market places – Montefiore 7.

Spicy Lemon Spread & Za’atar

Montefiore 7 (Sheva, in Hebrew), deli and restaurant, is surprisingly located at 7th Montefiore Street, the street that hosts at least two more places that adopted the street name when came to choose their names (Hotel Montefiore, Yavne-Montefiore). While riding Adi’s motorbike I was hoping that the place’s name does not indicate its (lack of) uniqueness.

When entering the well-designed market-oriented restaurant, I couldn’t help wondering whether I have been in the place before. And I did – I was in Machnea Yehuda, Tapas in the Port, Tapas 1 Haam, Cordovero and so on. Montefiore 7 is not different from all others.

We set on the bar and started with a bottle of Gewurztraminer wine and only then we were ready to order. We were served a complimentary paper bag, which luckily included white bread along with spicy lemon spread & Za’atar.

When coming to choose from the menu we couldn’t notice that it uses a lot of Hebrew terms that reminded us the terms of Eyal Shani in general and North Abraxas specifically. Nevertheless, we did not give up and ordered from the deli’s goods and from the restaurant menu, which changes on a daily bases and depends on the market supply.

Rump Carpaccio

We shared a Cold Sirloin, pickled in seven spices, served in a small plate and a farmer’s tomato salad – a salad that combines different kinds of tomatoes, red onion, garlic, spicy pepper, radish, black olives and Bryndza cheese. The fresh tomatoes salad, another hot trend in Tel Aviv, was served with small burned Pita bread, which added a different twist to the known dish.

Tomato Salad

For the main courses, although all served together, Adi took Rump Carpaccio while I took Purple Calamari served on top of yogurt and black pees salad. The Calamari was a bit stiff for me, but all in all it was a nice dish. The Rump Carpaccio was an average (but quite good) Carpaccio dish.

Malabi

For dessert we took Malabi, a small tasty dessert that was served in a mini jar alongside with pear jam.

When coming to summarize our visit I must say that although the place was not very unique, it was good, after all we are all fashion victims.

The check please (2 people)

Blue Nan Gewurztraminer (Bottle) – 98NIS
Pickled Sirloin in seven spices – 22NIS
Farmer’s Tomatoes Salad – 28NIS
Rump Carpaccio – 32NIS
Purple Calamari – 39NIS
Malabi – 28NIS

All in all: 247NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

 

Summary:

Food: Market food
Price:  Medium
Location: Montefiore / Hertzel

Contact details: Montefiore 7
Address: 7th Montefiore St., Tel Aviv| 03-5100094 |
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Thursday 12:00-01:00, Friday- Saturday 09:00-01:00
No webpage

Longing for Thailand – Thai House

19 Jun

A short while after our wedding, we decided we cannot rest on our laurels, and continued with our dedicated work – writing this blog.
Three years ago we took our first trip abroad together and had five dreamy weeks in Thailand. We fell in love with the spicy food and ate it all day long. Once we came back we have searched for something that will remind us the wonderful holiday – so we found the Thai house.

Unfortunately, it was too good to be true. Our first visit in Thai house left us with bad taste in our mouth (literally). It took us about two more years until we had the guts to come back, and we weren’t sorry at all.

Yam-Wun-Sen Goung (Shrimp Salad with Glass Noodles).

Thai house is located at the top 10 restaurants in Tel Aviv according to Trip Advisor. Not surprisingly as it is located right is in the middle of the tourist area – Bugrashov and Ben Yehuda.

Papaya Salad

For starters we had two salads – Papaya Salad and Yam-Wun-Sen Goung (Shrimp Salad with Glass Noodles). Both of them were refreshing and included memories from the far east. In Thai house every dish is marked with a spicy scale; the shrimps salad was rated, accurately, as mildly spiced.

Naam Tuk Neua "As Asian as it gets"

We shared the main course – Naam Tuk Neua (or as described at the menu “As Asian as it gets”) – Sliced beef roasted in traditional ”I-San” seasoning with mint leaves, purple onion, coriander, dry hot peppers & lime juice. Turns out that sharing the course was a smart move as it was very big and very spicy, which made it a little hard for us to eat. Nevertheless, the course that was served at the room temperature, was a wonderful choice. We took the bartender’s advice and replaced the fried rice with sticky rise – which made it easier for us to digest the spiciness of the beef.

We decided to skip dessert and go home and dream a little bit more about Thailand.

The check please (2 people)
Papaya Salad – 28NIS
Yam-Wun-Sen Goung (Shrimp Salad with Glass Noodles) – 32NIS
Naam Tuk Neua (“As Asian as it gets”) – 68NIS
Sticky Rise – 9NIS
2X Singha beer – 50NIS
All in all: 187 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

Summary:
Food: Thai
Price: Medium
Location: Bugrashov / Ben Yehuda

Contact details: Thai House
Address: 8th Bugrashov St., corner with Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv| 03-5178568|
Opening Hours: Sunday –Saturday 12:00-23:00
http://www.2eat.co.il/eng/thai/

Beautiful Greek Eyes in Jaffa – Kalamata

11 Jun

In the south west of Greece, at the head of the Messenian Gulf, is where the beach city of Kalamata is located. Well known for its excellent Kalamata olives and olive oil, Kalamata got its name through the Greek phrase Kala Matia – Beautiful Eyes. The exact name suits perfectly to the new restaurant located at the Kdumim Square right on top of the gorgeous Jaffa Port.

View of the Jaffa port

Kalamata restaurant is designed to look like the traditional Greek stone made, whitewashed houses. It also supplies the best possible view of the Jaffa port (we suggest you pre-book the tables by the windows). Sitting there, enjoying the wonderful breeze of a Saturday afternoon, we were just hoping the food will be a match to the setting. And oh, it did.

Roasted Beets Salad

It started off with Roasted Beets Salad. The salad, which combines beets on the “plancha” along with many herbs such as Mint leaves, Basil, Coriander and Parsley, was definitely one of the best we ever had. Its sweet seasoning together with the fresh herbs gave it a super refreshing taste. Roman Style Artichoke dish kept the bar way up high. Grilled Italian artichokes lay on a ceramic bowl together with roasted peppers and cream cheese and were fantastic.

Roman Style Artichoke

Looking at the view from time to time, we continued our happy Mediterranean meal with a dish of Shrimps in Ouzo. Set again in an authentic ceramic plate, the Ouzo was a great alcoholic kick to the well cooked Shrimps. Another delicious dish was Shredded Black Pasta with Mussels, Calamari and Chili. We literally licked our fingers.

Shrimps in Ouzo

After this experience we couldn’t help ourselves but ordering a dessert as well. Though Arabic and not Greek at all, we took the homemade Kanafeh that was tasty as well.

Heading outside to the beautiful square, we really felt abroad. Kalamata is definitely a perfect place to stop and have a meal during your stroll in the Jaffa Port and Boardwalk area.

The check please (2 people)

Roasted Beets Salad – 28 NIS
Roman Artichoke – 28 NIS
Shrimps in Ouzo – 44 NIS
Shredded Black Pasta with Seafood – 68 NIS
Kenafeh – 26 NIS
Coke – 12 NIS
Soda Water – 10 NIS

All in all: 216 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

4.5 Forks

 Summary:

Food:  Mediterranean
Price:  Medium
Location: Jaffa Old city

Contact details: Kalamata

Address:  10 Kdumim Square, Jaffa | 03-6819998|
Opening Hours:  Monday-Saturday 12:00-01:00 Sunday 18:00-01:00 |
http://www.kalamata.co.il/ (no English)

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