Social Justice – The Mizlala (Eatery)

9 Sep

The summer of 2011 will (hopefully) be remembered for the uncompromising fight of the middle class in Israel against the economic policy of Prime Minister Netanyahu, that caused Israel to have almost the biggest gaps between the rich and the poor in the western world. The people of Israel demand social justice.

Adoni in Action

The Summer of 2011 will also be remembered as the summer in which Meir Adoni opened the Mizlala – his middle-class restaurant. Adoni, well recognized and appreciated chef had become famous after cooking at the top fine-dining restaurants in Israel (Including Catit).

Peanut & Salt on the Bar

When Adoni opened this restaurant he stated that he aims to get to the young middle-calss crowd in Israel serving good food in reasonable prices. When we arrived to the restaurant we have realized we were the only couple that fits his measures.
As a place that suppose to act as an eatery (Mizlala), one would expect to encounter a loud and dense place with a chaotic atmosphere. Nevertheless, the design of the Mizalal is quite “clean” and sterile. Eatery with a high level design. To our surprise, Adoni was standing right behind the bar constructing our dishes.

Palestinian Tartar

We started with Palestinian tartar – if this is the meat you can get in Gaza, we can’t wait to have peace… Chopped rump beef, Tehini, Pine nuts, Yogurt, Burned eggplant paste & Cumin (just too much of it).  Great twist on the traditional tartar that usually comes with a French scent.

Mullet Ceviche

We continued with another starter (Although the menu is not divided to entrees and main courses) – Ceviche of Mullet fish that was served on top of some kind of Asian salad. This dish was good but had resembled to too many other dishes we have eaten in the past in restaurants such as the Thai House and The Officers Club.

Seared Chicen Liver

For main course we have shared (not too big of a dish) the Seared Chicken Liver that was served on top of Polenta, Forest Mushrooms & Asparagus. This dish was amazing and we felt as if it was melting in our mouth.

Vanilla Brulee

For desert, we took Vanilla Brulee that had nothing to do with Brulee. It was a thick layer of Vanilla that was topped (and not burned) with a layer apricot that was topped with layer of Crumble. This layer was also topped – with a scoop of berries ice-cream – Too Much!! when the bartender asked us if we enjoy the dish we had to answer that this was the least good dish in that dinner. The bartender replied that this is Adoni’s interpretation to the Creme Brulee -we thought he was too creative.

Summarizing this experience we were a bit confused. It was (mostly) a good meal in a (sort of) reasonable price, nevertheless we could not identify the middle class people among the crowd. So where is the social justice?

The Check Please (2 people)
2 X Gewurztraminer – 72 NIS
Palestinian tartar – 55 NIS
Mullet Ceviche – 63 NIS
Seared Chicen Liver – 53 NIS
Vanilla Brulee – 41 NIS

All in all: 284 NIS

Summary
Food: Israeli Chef Restaurant
Price: Medium-Expensive
Location: Nachlat Binyamin

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

4 Forks

Contact Details: Mizlala
Address: 57 Nachlat Binyamin st, Tel Aviv | Phone: 03 5505 566
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Saturday 19:00-01:00
http://www.mizlala.co.il

2 Responses to “Social Justice – The Mizlala (Eatery)”

  1. Sebastian September 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Firstly, I’d like to thank you for taking time to write all those reviews as they were very useful to me during my stay at TLV. After reading your blog I’ve chosen 6 restaurants (Manta Ray, Ha Kovshim, Orna and Ella, La Shuk, 26 Gedera and Mizlala) and my partner and I have enjoyed all 5 except the Mizlala.

    From Manta Ray to 26 Gedera the flavors were simple but amazing and the value for money way better than in London. As the Mizlala is the most expensive we’ve decided to have our final dinner there. I must say that the experience fell way below our expectations.

    We had ‘Seared chicken livers’, ‘Artichoke, romaine hearts’, ‘Palestinian tartar’ and ‘Goat cheese ravioli’. The seared chicken livers were good but you have to be a very bad chef to spoil chicken livers. The goat cheese ravioli were ok but the dressing was way too strong and you couldn’t taste the goat cheese. My palestinian tartar was literary drowned in tahini, making the tartar bitter and I could only taste the sauce so I just sent the dish back. Instead I’ve ordered the artichoke salad, which should be renamed to romaine hearts salad as I counted only 3 artichokes in my salad and the aioli caesar was completely unnecessary as they already put a nice light dressing on the salad.

    Over all, the restaurants in TLV are very good but something wrong happened with Mizlala as the reality is soooo completely different to your review. I think that most of the time ‘less is more’ as mixing so many flavors can have the opposite effect.

    Once again many thanks for this blog!!!

    Sebastian
    15.09.2012

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