Liliot Bistro 521.
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recommended by Jacob, was an inspired choice that went well with the salads, as
well as the subsequent main course.
I chose a plate of real comfort food
for a cold night, the pot-au-feu – stewed meat with new potatoes and carrots,
which Jacob told me had been simmering for eight hours. It was a huge portion,
slightly sweet and very tasty.
My husband chose the prime rib steak with
crispy hot fries (chips to Brits) on the side. He said it was grilled to
perfection. I tasted a piece, which got stuck in my windpipe and I staggered up,
managing to mouth the word “Heimlich.” He, a seasoned doctor, took a while to
get the message but finally slapped me on my back and dislodged the wayward
piece of meat. A glass of water had materialized from nowhere, attesting to the
fine and attentive service.
After we had finished the main course with no
further mishaps, Chen, the waitress who really lived up to her name, which means
“charm,” recited the dessert menu, a seemingly endless list of rich and
sinful-sounding sweets. We plumped for coconut and pistachio in phylo pastry
served with mango sorbet, and a crunch chocolate, a mousse-like creation on a
base of nougat and cornflakes. Both were delicious and generous enough without
causing too much guilt, as we reveled in every sweet and luscious
Liliot is not just a great place to eat but is also a social
initiative in action.
For more than a decade, the company has employed
youth in distress and taught them the fundamentals of the restaurant business,
training them in kitchen work and serving. It’s similar to Jamie Oliver’s
Fifteen, with the same highminded aim of giving disadvantaged youth who have
dropped out of the system a second chance. So you can not only enjoy a topnotch
meal but contribute to improving Israel’s social fabric at the same
time.The writer was a guest of the restaurant.Liliot Bistro.
Kosher. Rehov Hanesher 1, corner Derech Yerushalayim, Ra’anana. (09) 885-3508.
Business lunch served between noon and 5 p.m. NIS 69. Open from noon to