Israel Foodie Roundup – December 2018

At the beginning of the year, there seemed to be a trend of non-kosher restaurants becoming kosher, but it seems that in certain areas, the trend is now going the other way. Maybe it is just temporary or it all even’s out in the end.

KOSHER 

Lovers of Mexican food seem to be very excited by the opening of Quesadillas Ascencio on Bezalel in Jerusalem. The dairy restaurant is owned by a Mexican family who has several other kosher branches in Mexico.

Nomi is the new chef restaurant at the David Intercontinental by Chef Yoram Nitzan of Mul Yam and Bindella. The modern Israeli restaurant replaces Aubergine the French restaurant in the hotel.

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Como is a new dairy Italian-fusion restaurant in the NYX hotel, Herzliya Pituach. Chef Lior Ya’akov, previously worked at Kitchen Market.

NOT KOSHER

Ever since Chef Ezra Kedem closed his restaurant Arcadia in central Jerusalem four years ago, the only way people could try his food was attending private events at Studio Arcadia in Ein Kerem. He will now be offering public set menu dinners on Thursday nights for NIS 550 per person.

The owners of Dok and Ha’Achim restaurants in Tel Aviv have opened Abie which focuses on fish and seafood (no meat at all). Most dishes are prepared on a wooden grill in the center of the restaurant.

Havat Gilabun in the Golan announced that they will now be open on Shabbat and Chagim. The post on their Facebook page said that they tried to make it work but most of the business in the area is at the weekend. They will continue to serve kosher food but without a teudah.

Segev Moshe (now called Segev Chef) in Beer Sheva is no longer kosher. It was the chef’s first kosher restaurant but it turns out that the area is only busy at the weekend so they have changed the concept. The Netanya restaurant is still kosher.

OTHER NEWS

Osteria da Fiorella closed at the end of December after 33 years in business. The traditional Italian restaurant on Ben Yehuda in Tel Aviv recently became kosher but is now closing.

Mr & Mrs Lee by Chef Shaul Ben Aderet has closed after four years. This follows the closure of Ben Aderet’s restaurant Kimmel in Tel Aviv.

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