Moon sushi 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Although Tel Aviv has one of the highest concentrations of sushi restaurants in
the world, it has only one Moon. Situated in a central location, a stone’s throw
away from Dizengoff Center, Moon has been a top Tel Aviv sushi restaurant since
it opened at the turn of the millennium.
Despite being a large restaurant
with a patio section, reservations are still hard to get, especially on weekends
but well worth the wait.
Alternatively, diners can eat at the bar, watch
the sushi masters in action and choose fresh sushi displayed on the revolving
sushi belt, which is certainly something you don’t see in every Japanese
restaurant in town. However, the main attraction is the food.
is innovative, unique and delicious. The specialties we sampled, such as the
Shikoku tofu with shitake and nameko mushrooms, green onion and deep-fried tofu,
have earned Moon devoted following and rave reviews.
That delight was
followed by salmon fillet and avocado tartar with a mango and caper sauce
Black mamba was decadent, comprised of nori seaweed filled with
rice, yellowtail topped with cubes of more raw fish and, on the side, a small
bowl of teriyaki sauce.
Our meal also included spicy salmon rolls with a
hint of lemongrass and mango instead of avocado, as it’s not in season. My
fellow dining partner almost fell off his chair when he tried the Oshi Suban,
one of my all-time favorites. It has layers of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, sweet
potato, green onion and tempura, giving it a crisp bite. The roll was
mouth-watering and left us both oohing with pure delight. All in all, these
combinations of the subtle and the sharp, the clean and the precise, are exactly
what lovers of Japanese food get most excited about. The seared tuna sashimi,
arranged with exquisite attention to detail, was a definite stand-out
Eating at Moon is a great experience. The menu is filled with page
after page of heavenly, tantalizing pictures that will make diners order with
their eyes and not with their wallets. You could easily eat NIS 200 worth of
delicious food per person and still want more.
The decor is chic, with
low lights and soft music. Every dish we sampled was fantastic.
desserts were also wonderful, made offsite by a renowned pastry
Something sweet is what you need after sampling raw fish bathed in
soya sauce, ginger and wasabi. If you’re saving calories or cash and want to
drink something delicious and sweet, try Choya, a Japanese dessert plum wine
that is a great alternative.
My dining partner and I give Moon a five out
of five rating. The service was impeccable, ambiance elegant and food
sensational. We will definitely go back to sample even more of the delicious
dishes and revisit some of the wonderful flavors we can still taste.
58 Bograshov, Tel Aviv Tel: (03) 629-1155.
Sun.-Fri. from noon
till 12:30 a.m. Saturday from 7 p.m. until till 12:30 a.m.