Dining: Veggie goes to Yehud

Checking out the veggie scene beyond the borders of the bubble, Yehud's Tati Loft provides a good-enough point of destination.

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Everyone that lives in the greater Tel Aviv area seems to have the same excuse for abandoning the White City itself. "I want to live in a quiet area, with trees and parking," you'll hear. "If I want a good restaurant, Tel Aviv is just five minutes by car," they'll often clarify. And, because of those five minutes, one's hard pressed to find any - let alone decent - restaurant in that culinary Bermuda Triangle east of Ramat Gan. Tati Loft in Yehud is a pleasant exception - and quite successful. We arrived on a Sunday night. Usually a sleepy evening for most restaurants, the huge Tati Loft (900 square meters of restaurant and bakery) had its fair share of customers. I must say, I'm sure fewer people would patronize this place were it in Tel Aviv. Don't get me wrong, the food is nice, and for vegetarians there are plenty dishes to choose from, but overall there is a lack of any real ingenuity. In the hustle and bustle of the urban center, to survive the intense competition, a restaurant is compelled to distinguish itself, in a way that Tati Loft need not, to achieve the level of success this establishment seems to enjoy. We started off with baked beets with blue cheese (NIS 32), which tasted just like beets with blue cheese and the eggplant melanzane (NIS 44), which was nice but odd to have it described, by the waitress, as a chef original. The Roquefort cheese and pear salad (NIS 48) was odd, as well - a big bowl of baby greens, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and halved pears filled with the Roquefort. As such, the pears and cheese seemed something apart, giving the impression that the dish was stuffed pears served with salad. On the other hand, the bazooka gnocchi (NIS 48) filled with Gorgonzola cheese was quite succulent and, in short, terrific. The bazooka colored cream, achieved with that deep purpled root was the most impressive selection of the night, demonstrating enough ingenuity worthy of that five-minute drive. Three and a half veggie stars. Tati Loft is located at 3 Avraham Giron St., Yehud, (03) 539-2501. It is open Sun. to Fri. from 8 a.m. till 1 a.m. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; not Kosher. The writer was a guest of the restaurant.