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Situated in a somewhat unconventional location, within a nursery, Café Itamar
was established six years ago. The café and nursery serve as a memorial to
Itamar, the brother of one of owners who was killed by terrorists. The flowers,
life and food brought together at the edge of Moshav Ora are meant to keep
Itamar’s memory alive through growth and continuity.
The eatery recently
underwent an overhaul thanks to new chef Nadav Elbaz.
Although he began
his kitchen training in the army, he has come a long way since then. He revamped
the menu entirely and has made a shift toward restaurant and away from
On my recent breakfast-time visit, I was pleased to find more
adventurous offerings than are typically available in local cafés.
food was presented attractively, if only ever so lightly seasoned.
dining partner and I sampled a range of breakfast options. Under the small
breakfast options, we tried the bruschetta Niçoise (NIS 48), which was a tasty
toast topped with vegetables, small sunny-side up eggs and red tuna; and the
cauliflower masabcha (NIS 48), which came with tzatziki, chickpeas, pickled hot
peppers, tomato, hard-boiled egg, feta, parsley and focaccia. My dining partner
fell hard for that one.
Other selections we tasted included the Boker
B’Mashtela (NIS 64), which was a delightful combination of sunny-side up eggs
atop asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, haloumi cheese and
salad; and the Boker Pinuk, a fabulous eggs Benedict-like dish with poached eggs
over smoked salmon, a spinach-Parmesan cream and potato rösti.
As it was
still chilly out, we sat indoors, enclosed by many windows and surrounded by
flowering plants. On nice days, the outside seating is inviting – both on the
deck and among the trees. The option to sip mimosas made with freshly squeezed
orange juice and cava made breakfast into more of an event (NIS 25) than a
For a break from the city but not far at all, Café Itamar is a good
The writer was a guest of the restaurant.Café Itamar
46 Meshek Moshav Ora