Cafe Turkiz 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
When childhood friends Uri Shani and Eyal Segev decided 18 years ago to combine
their two favorite pleasures of shopping and food, the Turkiz complex was
founded. Located on Beit Yitzhak, the moshav where they were born and raised,
this awardwinning cafe/restaurant complete with gallery and gift shop offers
something a little different.
The Café Turkiz menu includes breakfasts,
salads, pastas and sandwiches with some exotic twists, as well as a selection of
special dishes for lunch or dinner. The eclectic menu is mirrored by the unique
design of the space, which is inspired by elements gathered from around the
world. Segev and Shani travel around the globe, bringing back charming items to
furnish the restaurant.
From the moment we walked in, we were made to
feel very much at home, and the ambiance was very relaxing. The staff were all
very helpful and, most importantly, knowledgeable about the menu and the place.
There was a different atmosphere to the usual trendy restaurant in Tel Aviv. On
the moshav, everything was a little more slow paced, and the staff seemed
genuinely interested in making sure we had a great experience.
by sharing a couple of the specials that were available that day: grilled sweet
potato topped with goat’s cheese; and eggplant felafel served with yogurt sauce.
The sweet potato had a certain smoky taste, and while it was quite a simple
dish, the goat’s cheese added something a little extra special.
never had eggplant felafel before. In fact, I was a bit confused as to what it
would be exactly, but the friendly waitress was very insistent on our ordering
it. I’m glad that she persuaded us because the large units of deep-fried grilled
eggplant were delicious, and the dipping sauce was a real treat.
came to main course, I could not resist ordering one of the restaurant’s
signature dishes – the chicken tagine (NIS 60). It is held in such high regard
that it actually has a whole page dedicated to it on the menu (it is also
available as a vegetarian option for NIS 48). We were told that the dish is
seasoned with 16 different spices, and although I couldn’t distinguish that many
different flavors, it was certainly tasty.
It was a perfect choice for a
cold winter’s evening, as it was steaming hot and full of rich flavors. The
large side salad served with the tagine was also very tasty and was a welcome
change from the standard chopped cucumber and tomato variety.
main course we went for was the salmon fillet in an olive oil, parsley and mint
sauce served with a small side salad and roasted sweet and regular potatoes (NIS
68). The huge portion was full of flavor and beautifully presented on a large
The dessert menu was quite varied, so it was difficult to make a
decision, but in the end we went for the baked cheesecake with a chocolate base
and the vanilla crembo, which consisted of sweet vanilla mousse covered by white
chocolate on a cookie base. The cheesecake had a perfect texture – just the
right mix of crumbly and smooth – while the chocolate base was on the right side
The crembo, which is not made on the premises as opposed to
the cheesecake, offered something a little different. I really enjoyed it
because I have a very sweet tooth, but it may be too much for some.
Turkiz is not your average cafe.
Although at first glance I thought the
menu looked like any other coffee shop menu, on closer inspection I found a host
of special dishes with influences from around the world.
advantage is the prices, as the place offers very good value for money, with the
most expensive dish not exceeding NIS 70. And as an added bonus, when you have
finished your meal you can soak up the unique atmosphere for a little longer by
visiting the furniture gallery and home ware store.The writer was a
guest of the restaurant.
Moshav Beit Yitzhak
884-5560; (09) 861-2128 www.turkiz.net
Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. to midnight
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight (special Shabbat