I probably use the term hidden gem in reference to restaurants far too often, but in this case it is 100% accurate. Not only is this kosher meat restaurant hidden in between fields and orchards in a moshava near the Hula Valley, it also seems that many locals do not realize that it actually functions as a restaurant, rather than just a venue for private events. Hopefully by writing about it, more people can discover this true “hidden gem”.
I previously ate at Ahuzat Dobrovin when I visited the Hula Valley 3 years ago based on a recommendation from a reliable source (thanks Andrew!). Since then I have recommended to anyone I know who will be in that area.
Dobrovin Farm was one of the first farms in the Hula Valley, established by Andrey Dobrivin who moved to Ottoman Syria with his family in 1903. It functioned as a farm for many years until in 1968 the family donated the estate to the JNF and the farm was converted into a museum to commemorate the early pioneers (next time I plan to actually visit the museum).
The décor in the restaurant fits with the surroundings and the mismatched fixtures and fittings add to the charm of the place. Although it was a Sunday night, there were a few other tables around us but by the end of the meal, we were the only diners.
For starters I shared a huge portion of Smoked Asian-Style Wings (NIS 40) which were finger licking good! I am not normally a fan of smoky wings as the sauce normally comes from a bottle but these were clearly smoked on site with a deliciously sticky sauce that was not too sweet. My father enjoyed a warm bowl of Orange vegetable soup with the focaccia style house bread.
Much as I love steaks, this time I opted for the Moulard Duck Breast (NIS 95) which was nice and juicy and well flavored but I would have preferred the fat to be slightly more rendered than it was. My father devoured a Dry-Aged Entrecote (NIS 125 for 300g) and my mother enjoyed the Smoked Asado Beef (NIS 90) with mashed root vegetables and green beans.
Although we only ordered the Chocolate Soufflé (NIS 30) – they brought us a selection of desserts that included the rich, well executed soufflé, deconstructed apple cake and chocolate and peanut truffles.
As you would expect in a country restaurant, they were not so happy with special requests and the service was not as attentive as it could have been. Unlike some of the meat restaurants in the north, I would not make a special trip just to eat here but if you are nearby, I highly recommend it as the food is very good and the setting is so unique.
Ahuzat Dobrovin – Kosher 052-3025154, 04-6934485
FODMAP friendly score 7/10, Foodie score 8/10