Adora-ble in every way

At Adora, the chef offers an extensive array of culinary styles and wholesome flavors.

By JASON MESKIN
April 25, 2012 10:53
2 minute read.
Adora restaurant

Adora restaurant 370. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Adora is home to creative chef Avi Biton and, when it comes to the many elements of a positive dining experience, the place is a case in point The restaurant is on the small side, warm and welcoming, with wooden furniture. There is an enclosed terrace that is a smoking area, and a long, well-equipped bar with high stools in the main dining room.

Chef Biton wanted my dining companion and me to get a good understanding of the menu the restaurant has to offer, so after we provided a little guidance as to our likes and dislikes, we were brought a parade of tastes. The menu offers a wide variety of culinary styles, taken from Israeli, French, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


We had sourdough house bread with garlic confit and olive tapenade. The bread was thick and fresh, making it irresistible to my dining partner, who normally avoids filling up on bread before a meal.

We tried the felafel stuffed with seared eggplant, herbs and Parmesan cheese (NIS 42), served with a side of sunflower sprout salad. An obsessive eggplant eater, my dining partner always goes for the eggplant starter and was thrilled with this new take on a Middle Eastern classic.

We then tried a blend of chicken and goose liver pâté (NIS 39). A fruit jam and wine jelly comfit, which contrasted perfectly with the tangy creamy taste of the pâté and served with fresh toast, accompanied it.

This was followed by seared red tuna (NIS 46) served on a Japanese salad of carrots, cucumber, kohlrabi, green onion and coriander in a vinaigrette of soy and lemon grass. The fish was somewhat dry but, accompanied by the Japanese salad, it managed to maintain interest for the palate.

At this point, we had to take a breather. After a little walk around the restaurant – which was patronized by a refreshing mix of families, couples and groups – we sat down to indulge ourselves some more For mains we were presented with a sea bream fillet (NIS 89) roasted in a heavy pan, served with roasted tomatoes, bok choy leaves, potato confit and Jerusalem artichoke delicate cream. The dish was generous and fresh. The fish was seasoned beautifully and grilled to perfection. The crunchy skin was an extra plus.



Next up was the beef fillet (NIS 89) in demi-glace and port sauce served with potato puree and buttered vegetables. On the one hand, I really liked the sauce and wanted to smother the meat with it. On the other, the meat tasted so good that I wanted to savor its individual flavor. The mashed vegetable side was superb.

The presentation of the dishes throughout was attractive and almost home style: There was garnish, but Adora didn’t go overboard with it. The service was attentive, friendly and informative.

The desserts were sinfully good.

We shared the Sacher cardamom espresso (NIS 33) – thin rich chocolate pastry topped with warm ganache of white chocolate and espresso decorated with cardamom sauce anglaise, as well as the coconut ice cream (NIS 32) in a chocolate fondue sauce accompanied by a cigar of fresh roasted nuts and seeds. These alone would keep us coming back for more.

The writer was a guest of the restaurant.

Adora Not kosher 226 Ben-Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv (03) 605-0896.

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys

By JTA