(photo credit: CHAIM YOSSEF)
Even with the explosion of new hamburger places popping up all over Tel Aviv, Moses has stood its ground and is still considered one of the more popular upscale burger chains throughout the country. I’ve eaten at the Rothschild Boulevard branch often and although it’s a bit crowded at times and at certain hours you may have to wait in a queue before you’re seated, the service is great and the food is of the best quality.
One of Moses’s advantages is its outdoor seating. There is seating inside, but the restaurant’s large patio overlooking the boulevard is by far the favored spot.
The menu offers an assortment of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, main dishes and, of course, hamburgers. A new addition is a selection of worldwide burgers that incorporate the flavors and tastes of France, Portugal and even Texas.
We began our meal with the Moses wings (NIS 38). I am always hesitant to order wings because they are never cooked well enough and have that raw fat on them. These didn’t. The wings had the just right amount of crunch, and the meat was soft and succulent. The skin was the best part, though, nice and crisp.
This was followed by the artichoke Caesar salad (NIS 57), which was delicious, crunchy and perfectly dressed. The Romaine lettuce had a surprising sweetness that paired well with the not-too-creamy-nor-salty dressing, while the tender artichoke leaves and stems were fresh and tasty.
Next up was the sirloin carpaccio (NIS 44), with shaved parmesan, a lemon-balsamic aioli and topped with arugula. Enough with the arugula already, I get it. It’s lovely. It’s also repetitive. The incredibly tender sirloin was sliced so thinly that it took away most of the texture. Many might like that, but it lessens the pleasure for me. Again, very good but not mind-blowing.
After a bit of a breather, it was on to mains. With so many different burger options, we had a hard time deciding what to try. After much deliberation, we opted for the Art burger (NIS 65), which consists of beef and lamb, red onion, mayonnaise and pepper sauce. The burger was cooked more on the medium-well side, but still retained its juiciness. As important as the meat, the bun knocked it out of the park. It was soft and buttery in a way that added to the burger without being a distraction. The accompanying sweet potato fries were perfect consistency – not too soft, not too crispy.
We then tried the Portuguese burger (NIS 75) topped with piri piri sauce, goose breast and a crispy onion ring. This is simply a fantastic burger from top to bottom. The meat cooked as I ordered, medium rare, was well seasoned and super tasty. The smokiness of the goose breast together with the spiciness of the piri piri sauce complimented the burger beautifully.
For dessert, we shared a deliciously decadent chocolate mousse as well as three scoops of Ben & Jerry’s: Cookies and Cream, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Needless to say, we were very happy campers.
With great service and friendly staff, Moses is the perfect place to satisfy your burger cravings.The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
Rothschild Blvd 35, Tel Aviv
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