The Missing Connection – Montenegro

25 Dec

Update July 2013: The place is closed.

When we heard that the owners of Café Noir and Sebastian have opened a new place – we know it was something we have to try. In the first option I had – I have booked a table of three – for Elad, Adi and I. On a cold Saturday night we set in the front of the new well-designed restaurant.

The camera view

Montenegro, of course, is named after the Eastern European country – Montenegro.  Although I’m not an expert of the South-Eastern European food, I felt that restaurant does not go “all the way”, and does not embrace the South-Eastern European experience.

The Appetizers

We started with two of the appetizers from the menu – Taboulah Salad and Solika’s Eggplant. Solika’s recipe was deep fried eggplant with garlic, lemon and parsley. The Taboulah salad was based on another popular recipe of Burgul, Onion, tomato and parsley. In short – nothing remarkable, two appetizers that you will find in any oriental restaurant (and it doesn’t matter whether it is Arabic or European).

Entrecôte Burger

For the main course Adi took the Entrecôte Burger served on top of Bruschetta with interesting Matbucha sauce (instead of Ketchup) and garlic Aioli with lemon (Instead of Mayonnaise). A very good Burger with original interpretation that managed to avoid the cliché. Nevertheless, the absence of side dish was highly noticed. Elad took Grilled Pork Chops that was served with garlic paste, and found it very tasty, though finished quickly.

Grilled Pork Chops

For myself, I have ordered the Hangar Beef skewer that was served with grilled potatoes. The skewer was good though had too little meat. The good side of the dish was actually the potatoes that were very crispy and escorted the dish perfectly alongside Elad’s garlic paste.

Hangar Beef Skewer

For dessert we had one of the most diverse desserts we had lately – Dulce de Leche Flan. The flan was made up of four parts – the flan itself, whipped cream, fruit jam and biscuit. A very good, sweet and tasty combination that suited our drinks – short espresso and berries tea.

Dulce de Leche Flan

Although we are still looking for the Montenegrin connection, it was very good meal with excellent service and nice atmosphere.

The Gang

The Check Please (3 people)

Taboulah Salad – 14NIS
Solika’s Eggplant – 14NIS
Entrecôte Burger – 67NIS
Grilled Pork Chops – 54NIS
Hangar Beef Skewer – 54NIS
Dulce de Leche Flan – 33NIS
Gewurztraminer Wine (Bottle) – 130NIS
Espresso – 12NIS
Tea – 22NIS

All in all – 400 NIS

Summary:

Food: Eastern European / Balkan
Price: Medium-Expensive
Location: Echad Haam / Heart of Tel Aviv

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

Contact Details: Montenegto

Address:  26 Nachmani st. Tel Aviv | Phone: 03-5663331 |
Sunday – Wednesday 12:00-01:00 | Thursday Friday 12:00-02:00 | Saturday 12:00-01:00 |
http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=12341

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