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Located next to the Carmel winery in Rishon Lezion, Isadora is a stylish restaurant where the staff is pleasant and the food tastes as delicious as it looks.
Named after gifted dancer Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance, this restaurant has an ultra-modern core designed by top architect Ilan Fibco.
The dramatic style would probably have delighted the notoriously flamboyant Duncan. A flash of orange from a massive chandelier immediately captures the eye from above the restaurant's sleek bar. Dark hues dominate the narrow dining area, extending to the black cloth curtains that cover the glass wall on one side, and the dark leather mosaic-patterned wallpaper that adorns the remaining walls.
In the middle of the hall, a glass vase filled with oranges next provides the only splash of color to break the monochromatic design.
As if that were not intense enough, the secluded private dining room at the back of the upper level is accented by a flaming orange curtain that virtually sets the room ablaze.
Chef Haim Cohen has created an imaginative menu featuring inventive dishes for reasonable prices. When it came to ordering our meal, I was pleased to see the diverse menu, but hard-pressed to make a good match between the appetizers and main courses.
The wines are not extensive, but the wine list has some superb options to complement the different dishes.
Our choice of wine - Yarden, Odem, Chardonnay from the Golan Heights Winery - was excellent. This fruity white from the organic vineyard in the north was chilled to the right temperature and made a grand opening to our meal.
We started with a small salad of lettuce hearts and asparagus dressed with gorgonzola cheese (NIS 46). This tasty dish demonstrated how fresh ingredients can elevate a simple dish to the sublime.
We also enjoyed palm-sized ravioli filled with delicate sweet potatoes and ricotta cheese, which came served in a goat cheese cream sauce (NIS 42).
For my main course, I had an interesting dish that resembled a Mexican fajita with a Mediterranean twist: Cornish hen shwarma wrapped in soft tortilla with avocado spread (NIS 65). It was served with a side of chipotle pepper, mayo and vegetables.
My companion opted for the catch of the day, which on our visit was a moist filet of Mousar drizzled with an olive and tomato tap nade (NIS 85). The dish was served on a bed of mashed potatoes, and was garnished with spinach leaves that accented the flavor nicely.
Though they sounded promising, we decided to skip the desserts and finished our meal with an excellent double espresso.
Isadora, Rehov Hacarmel 20, Rishon Lezion, Gan Hair compound. Open Daily from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until the last guest leaves. Tel (03) 966-5353 (not kosher).