Gaya dish 521.
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Alot of restaurants boast “Kosher for Pessah” menus, while in reality serving
hametz-free nonkosher menus for those who do not keep kosher but will not eat
hametz over Pessah. But whereas in the past many kosher restaurants simply
closed for business during the Pessah, nowadays many of them go through the
tedious process of making their kitchens kosher for Pessah and offer great
kosher for Pessah special menus.
A lot of the restaurants also offer
catering service for the Seder night or any other of the holiday meals, in case
you get tired.
All hotel restaurants offer kosher for Pessah meals. Try
the Olive Leaf at the Tel Aviv Sheraton. Chef Charlie Fadida created a special
menu consisting of fresh salads, filet of beef with asparagus, sea-fish with
artichoke, Pavlova with strawberries and many more options. For large parties,
choose the VIP private room and your very own menu. Open Wed-Thur 7- 10:30 p.m.
Not a long walk down the Tel Aviv beach promenade, you can
find the excellent kosher fish restaurant Armando, which serves one of the best
kosher meals in the city. For Pessah there is an array of fresh and cooked
salads to start with and a choice of grilled or fried fish. Or try the place’s
signature dish – the chef’s mom’s Moroccan fish stew. Business lunch is
available throughout the day and includes 12-14 salads plus your choice of main
dish for the price of the main dish. There are also very good beef and lamb
dishes. Sun-Thur, 12 – last order. 88 Herbert Samuel Tel Aviv, (03)
A kosher place in Tel Aviv was recently opened in the new and
quaint area of the Tahana, near Neveh Tzedek. Regina is a beautiful place and,
unlike the other restaurants in the compound, it is kosher. The regular menu
offers dishes that are inspired by the many different cuisines of Israel – from
the Polish chopped liver to Moroccan chreime (spicy red fish) to Jerusalem
chicken with dried fruit and Hungarian goulash. For Pessah they will have
special eat-in and take-out menus. A great place for big family and friends
gatherings, either in the rooms or out in the lovely courtyard. Open Sun-Thur 10
a.m.- last order. 057-944-3031.
Cafe Jo is always a good option when out
and about. For the holiday they offer a comprehensive kosher menu including
special Pessah pizza (NIS 35 – NIS 41), gnocchi (NIS 46 – NIS 48) desserts and
Shemo, the bakery from Haifa that now has branches in
the center as well, becomes strictly kosher for Pessah and offers an amazing array of cakes,
cookies, desserts and savory baked goods such as quiches and pies. They all look
great as well and make for a perfect gift to bring when visiting friends and
family. Open 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. And Seder night 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. For telephone
numbers of the bakery near you, go to www.shemo.co.il Non-kosher fare Pier 23
offers a Mexican Pessah with nachos and other delicacies made from potato flour.
The restaurant is not kosher, serving seafood as well as meat and fish dishes,
but during the holiday there will be no hametz.
Hangar 23, Tel Aviv Port,
(03) 546- 9937.
Another restaurant that will serve flour-free baked goods
for Pessah alongside seafood is Adama in Zichron Ya’acov. They offer many
special dishes for the holiday week, as well as take-outs for the Seder night,
with a minimum of NIS 250. www.adama-bc.co.il.
Chef Sahar Rafael
of Cramim offers an all fish spring dinner including sea bream with green fava
beans (NIS 94), grouper stew with root vegetables (NIS 84), fish kebabs and
more. Open 9 a.m.-midnight. (08) 850-5859 The Asian bar MOJO, with branches in
Netanya and Tel Aviv, offers kosher for Pessah gluten-free noodles, with shrimps
and other nonkosher dishes. But there are many chicken and fish dishes and other
reasonably priced menu offerings, as well as kids’ complete lunch menus for NIS
35. At 86 Hachashmonaim St. Tel Aviv, (03) 634-7777
Chef restaurant Maraboo in Ramat Gan celebrates the
Festival of Freedom with special take-out menus, as well as sit-down dinners.
Try the meat and root vegetables stew (NIS 94), roasted chicken with mushrooms
(NIS 80) or the coconut dessert served in a personal glass jar with fresh fruit
(NIS 18). Open noon-11 p.m. Closed on the Seder night and Pessah day. (03)
Tulip, the Hungarian restaurant, invites its clients to enjoy
traditional European holiday delicacies such as gefilte fish and horseradish,
goose and cabbage stew with champagne, meat with mushroom and a Hungarian
dessert of meringue, chocolate and nuts, for NIS 250 or to take home a full
dinner for four for NIS 299. At 52 Yehuda Halevy, Tel Aviv.
Minna Tomei is a nonkosher Asian restaurant that offers a Thai meal for those
that couldn’t go to the islands this year. It offers a few specials such as sum
tam, pad kapau and other lovely exotic dishes. (04) 666-8080.
restaurant Pushkin invites its guests to enjoy a gourmet non-kosher special
spring menu in the best of French cooking style, with dishes such as saffron
risotto, lobster and beef Wellington. 27 Montefiore St., Tel Aviv (03) 525-1501