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(photo credit: courtesy)
After recently becoming a full-fledged resident of Tel Aviv, I very rarely go to
any of the restaurants or bars on the boardwalk near all the hotels. On a recent
visit to Armando, which is located right opposite the boardwalk near tourist
favorites such as Mike’s Place and Yotvata in the City, I was happy to be back
in an area that reminds me so much of great vacations. This place is great for
tourists because it offers refined Israeli cuisine in a beautiful central
location near the sea.
The very friendly waitress, who was pleasant and
helpful throughout, took our order. She made sure that we had everything we
needed, and nothing was too much trouble for her. We ordered a bottle of Gamla
Chardonnay (NIS 120), which was nice and dry and ended up being a good
accompaniment to our meal.
For starters we had all the usual salads (NIS
35) that you find in so many Middle Eastern style restaurants, which included
dishes such as tehina, spicy carrots, eggplant, red cabbage and so
on. None of these salads offered anything unique but were a pleasant
start to the meal.
We also ordered a portion of smoked eggplant with
tehina (NIS 29), which was something a little more special. The great smoked
taste of the eggplant went well with the tehina. This was by far the most
interesting and tasty item that we tried.
By the time it came to the main
course we were already relatively full, so we shared the sea bream (NIS 94),
which came as a huge portion. The fish was well cooked and had just the right
amount of seasoning. It was served with potatoes that had been roasted in the
oven with rosemary, garlic and olive oil. It was a great accompaniment. There is
an extensive selection of different grilled fish, which are the house specialty,
and also various meat dishes.
Although by this point we were truly full,
we couldn’t resist ordering some dessert. I am always wary of ordering delicious
sounding desserts in kosher meat restaurants because there are times when I am
simply disappointed by the overpowering parve taste that is so common in these
situations. And this time I was disappointed.
I ordered a chocolate
finger (NIS 34), which consisted of a chocolate cookie base with a chocolate
mouse topped with caramel and nuts. I could tell that the chocolate itself was
good quality, but the nuts were soggy and there was an overriding taste of parve
cream that refused to go away.
My friend ordered the wild berry mousse
(NIS 34), which also had a slightly synthetic taste that overpowered the
dessert. The fruits themselves could have been a little fresher,
Overall I would recommend Armando if you are into big portions and
keep kosher. It is great for tourists and residents alike who want to enjoy a
good meat or fish meal while sitting right by the sea.The writer was a guest of the restaurant.Armando Kosher 88 Herbert
Samuel, Tel Aviv (03) 510-1601 Open Sunday to Thursday from noon till last
customer leaves, Friday from noon till one hour before Shabbat, Saturday from
hour after end of Shabbat till last customer leaves