Onza Food and Vibe

 

Onza was the first restaurant of celebrated chef Yossi Shitreet, who now reigns at two other acclaimed restaurants: Kitchen Market and Mashya. Onza has evolved since Shitreet left the restaurant in the capable hands of Chef Muli Magriso, who has taken the kitchen in the direction of a modern interpretation of Turkish cuisine. The restaurant’s slogan now is “food and vibe” -- and along with the revamped menu, there is Turkish music on Sundays and live music on Mondays and Fridays.

Most of Onza’s tables are al fresco, in a quaint side street of Jaffa’s flea market. It is the kind of place that calls for starting off with a drink, and the talented bar’s specialty cocktails make that idea especially appealing. The smoked margarita -- tequila reposado, Grand Marnier, citrus and orange bitters, served in a martini glass rimmed with sugar -- is complex yet mellow, imparting a sweet finish. The wheat mojito -- rum, St. Germain, lime and wheat beer, garnished with fresh mint -- is very refreshing, like a supercharged shandy. There is also an extensive wine list, with vintages from around the world.  


The meal itself is best commenced with the restaurant’s mezze. Onza’s long, sesame-crusted soft rolls are perfect for dipping in all of the unique and truly delicious appetizers: the warm eggplant dip made with yogurt, butter and chopped pistachio; the hummus-like fava bean cream, with a dollop of grape leaf skhoug that imparts just the right amount of heat; or the rich and creamy ivory-colored ikra, garnished with red onion and black olives.

 

 

 

 


The pachanga borek, which resembles a Moroccan cigar filled with succulent smoked sausage and leeks, goes well with the gigik -- Turkish tzaziki of sheep yogurt, cucumber and mint, with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkling of zaatar. And the tomato salad with walnuts and feta cheese in pomegranate syrup, garnished with green chili pepper, is a symphony of flavors.


There are also intermediate-sized dishes, such as drum fish carpaccio topped with tabouleh and garnished with mint, parsley, and green chili pepper. This unusual combination of the ultra-fresh fish with the delicate tabouleh salad, enhanced with dollops of labaneh, is as tasty as it is inventive.  


Another dish with labaneh as its base is the grilled artichoke salad, with arugula, radishes and onions in a distinctive burnt vinaigrette. The interplay of the warm and cold vegetables with the unusual dressing is startlingly successful.


Main courses run the gamut of fish, meat ,seafood and vegetarian  options​

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Our first entrée was the filet of sea bass stuffed with nuts and herbs on a bed of cauliflower cream. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the cauliflower cream was heavenly.


The second entrée was Gaziantep kebab: two skewers of herb-seasoned ground lamb on a bed of eggplant cooked in butter, under a drizzle of tehina sweetened with pomegranate syrup. A truly inspired combination.


A third main course is the seafood pan: shrimp, calamari, mussels, chickpeas and artichokes in a distinctive marinière sauce made with raki instead of wine. A nice touch was warm lafa with kashkaval to mop up every last drop of the juice.

 

 

 

 

 

The dessert menu, delivered orally, comprises two Western and two Mediterranean options. The knaffeh with yogurt mousse and white chocolate, which takes 15 minutes to prepare, is well worth the wait. The coconut cream malabi on raw tehina with caramelized fruit is another sweet delight, guaranteed to make you think of traditional malabi in a new light.


Naturally, there is a chocolate option as well: the chocolate mousse on chocolate crumble is slightly salty and particularly intense. There is also a delectable cheesecake mousse with dried fruit on lotus cookies.


From start to finish, Onza is a casual, informal place with the exacting culinary standards of many of Tel Aviv’s fancier establishments.


Onza

Not kosher

Rabbi Hanina Street 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel. (03) 648-6060

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The future is good looking

 

Yarin Shahaf, school principal for makeup, styling and hair  academy is already prepared for in 2017-18 and produced a rich catalog specifying future beauty trends

 

 About 60 journalists and opinion leaders in the fields of fashion and beauty have gathered  recently at Yarin Shahaf Academy in Tel Aviv. The reason: Every year, Shahaf releases a prestigious magazine in which he reveals his vision of makeup and fashion for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born with a makeup powder by hand

 

Shahaf (54) continues to maintain a youthful appearance. This week, it indicates 30 years of  teaching makeup. He has fostered generations of makeup artists, stylists and hairdressers.

 

The graduates of his academy are 78 percent in the local beauty industry.

 

The academy has recently moved to a spacious building, which spans up to four floors, including a gallery Of contemporary art for the benefit of young artists.

 

 

Trends & Colors

 

The three main beauty trends are black & white films at the early days of cinema, the State of Peru,  and the ocean waves, as follows. The dominant colors would be black, gray, purple, and orange.

 

 

 

Inspired by the black and white films at the early days of cinema

 

 

 

 

Inspired by the State of Peru

 

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Photography: Hila Elkayam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastel: The Art of Dining

 

 

The arts complex that houses Israel’s Opera House, the Cameri Theater and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is also home to Pastel, winner of Idea Tops’ 2014 International Space Design Award for the best designed restaurant in the world.

 

Fortunately, the stunning restaurant can rely not only on its impressive décor but also on the artistic creativity of Chef Hillel Tavakuli to attract customers.

 

 

 
 
 

It is not just the kitchen that brims with talent. Pastel recently recruited mixologist Shir Dagan from Aria to revamp its cocktail menu. It is with good reason that the full name of the restaurant is Pastel Brasserie and Bar.  

 


The tempting selection of specialty cocktails features the eponymous Pastel Muse, which combines gin with vermouth, lime juice, tonic water and berries, resulting in a slightly astringent drink that is bracing and refreshing. The intriguing Guatemala Sour, meanwhile, blends quality rum with classic sour mix and orange, for a complex citrusy cocktail that is both sweet and tangy.

 


Another drink with a Latin American pedigree is the Mexicana -- tequila, lime, passion fruit syrup, chili -- an explosion of sweet, sour and spicy in a martini glass. For those who want the experience without the alcohol, Dagan whips up a mean “mocktail” -- berries, pineapple, passion fruit, cucumber and mint -- that is a terrific thirst quencher for Tel Aviv’s hot summer.

 


A meal at Pastel starts with a basket of fresh, whole grain breads, studded with olives or nuts, accompanied by a tomato salsa in olive oil. The salsa is so tasty you have to be careful not to fill up prematurely.

 

 

 
 
 

Our first appetizer was the beetroot gazpacho with smoked labaneh, blue cheese, caramelized hazelnuts and melon balls. Poured tableside by the waitress from a dainty pitcher, this variation on the famous cold soup was a symphony of flavors.  

 


A popular appetizer at Pastel is the chicken liver pâté -- a generous, decadently rich slab of the delicacy atop a toasted brioche. The pâté itself was paired with an intriguing pear chutney, which nicely cut the extreme richness of the star of this dish.

 

Another of Patel’s classic appetizers is the tuna sashimi: slices of the glistening, burgundy-hued fish were draped over pieces of green apple and cucumber (or avocado, when in season), atop a curry vinaigrette. The astoundingly fresh fish melts in the mouth, and the interplay of flavors and textures -- helped along with garnishes of coriander and chili, and the crunch of scattered chopped nuts -- is extraordinary.

 


When the time came for main courses, we discovered that Pastel’s special pasta, formerly kept in reserve for vegetarians, had been deservedly promoted to the printed menu. The mafaldine in cream of pea sauce with broccoli and feta cheese rivals the best pasta course any dedicated Italian restaurant could offer. The wavy ribbon pasta itself is distinctive enough, but the combination of the sauce with the al dente cruciferous vegetable, the salty cheese, toasted pine nuts and gremolata (a pesto-like condiment of lemon zest, garlic and parsley) truly made the dish unforgettable. (It is available also as a vegan option: the kitchen would use olive oil instead of butter and substitute for the cheese.)

 


While Pastel has expanded its vegetarian options, carnivores need not worry: the grilled beef fillet in cream and brandy sauce on a bed of spinach will more than satisfy any steak aficionado. The tender, flavorful fillet is accompanied by superb mashed potatoes, as well as a tower constructed of a bone filled with succulent marrow and crowned with portobello mushrooms.

 


Fish and seafood are more than adequately represented as well. The seafood gnocchi pairs soft pillows of the potato pasta with shrimp, calamari and mussels swimming in a delicious sauce redolent with garlic.

 


Finally, the dessert menu is constantly being tweaked, but Pastel’s signature dessert bears the evocative name “floating islands”, whose exotic components include strawberry sorbet, amarena cherries, caramelized pistachio, soft meringue, kadaif and rose malabi. Once again, there is tableside decanting, this time of the malabi, to create an “island” of multi-layered confection. The kadaif, uniquely shaped in a hoop completes the tableau of a dessert that looks almost too pretty to eat.

 


Chocolate lovers will be delighted with the Ferrero Rocher -- a large candy shell studded with hazelnuts praliné encasing layers of dark chocolate and milk chocolate mousse, with additional hazelnut granite for extra crunch.

 


Pastel Brasserie and Bar

Not kosher

Shaul Hamelekh Blvd. 27, Tel Aviv

Tel. (03) 644-7441

 


Site: http://www.pastel-tlv.com/

 

 Photos Silvia G. Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dixie Celebrates Second Annual Burger Festival

 

The cool, slightly dark interior of the Dixie Grill Bar is an inviting place, especially when entering from the heat of a summer’s day. It is also handsome, with beckoning booths and a gleaming, well-stocked bar.


The occasion of my visit was the restaurant’s summer hamburger festival, being held this year from July 25 through August 18. During the festival, seven special burgers are added to the usual Dixie menu of four burgers; additionally, two of the usual burgers are “supersized” during the festival.

 


Another feature of the festival is that each burger on the special menu is paired with a “chaser” of liquor (for a small additional charge). As an added bonus, milk shakes are discounted when ordered with a festival burger.

 

Along with the regular English menu, we were given the separate festival menu, the cover of which is entirely in English. Imagine our surprise, therefore, when we opened the menu pamphlet and found it was all in Hebrew. When we asked for the English festival menu, we were told there is none.

 


Our friendly waiter did his best to explain the festival burgers in English, but they are a bit complicated; if I were not able to read and understand the Hebrew menu, I would not have gotten the total picture. My advice, therefore, is that at least one of the members of your party be capable of fathoming a Hebrew menu if you want to get the most out of the remaining days of the festival.  

 
 
Knowledge of the local language will also come in handy when it comes to ordering one of Dixie’s special summer cocktails; the regular alcohol menu is in English, but not the card on the table listing the summer cocktails.  

 


The drink we chose from the summer cocktail list -- a watermelon daiquiri, garnished with a small wedge of the red fruit -- was sweet and refreshing; the caipirinha, from the regular cocktail menu, was a particularly lemony version of the Brazilian classic.  


With the drinks came an exceptionally well outfitted condiment tray: Heinz ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, horseradish sauce, and authentic Tabasco sauce.  

 


We elected to share three of the festival burgers: the mac and cheese, the entrecôte burger and the blue cheese burger.  


The first burger -- smothered in a melted blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese -- was perched atop macaroni and cheese that had been shaped into a pasta patty and fried, replacing the traditional bun. This is old-fashioned American comfort food at its best.

 


According to the menu, this burger comes with french fries, although you may substitute for all designated sides. We followed our waiter’s suggestion and chose the green salad, which was just arugula leaves, in an Asian-accented dressing.


The entrecôte burger was on half a bun under a portobello mushroom and grilled onion bathed in a rich stock beef fortified with bone marrow. The quality of the meat and the sophistication of the ingredients make this a gourmet burger. It comes with steak fries on bed of greens.

 


The blue cheese burger with pear poached in wine is also bunless, and on a salad of romaine lettuce hearts, bean sprouts and shredded cabbage with assorted nuts in a soy-based dressing. On the whole, this dish represents a nice interplay of flavors.

 


There is a special festival dessert, designed to mimic a hamburger order: a sandwich of  chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream (the burger), with meringue chips (french fries), strawberry jam (ketchup) and passion fruit syrup (mustard). It is not bad, and should appeal to kids. After a substantial meal, however, we found that the thick vanilla milk shake -- in a glass decorated with swirls of chocolate syrup -- was enough of a sweet finale.

 

Clearly , Dixie Grill Bar , one of the restaurants of celebrity chef Haim Cohen,

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gives pride of place to its juicy and flavorful hamburgers, both during its summer festival and throughout the year.
 

Dixie Grill Bar

Not kosher

Yigal Alon 120, Tel Aviv

Tel. (03) 696-6123
 
 
 Photo  Asaf Razon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Introduces Its Latest Restaurant and Bar 

 

 The Garden Terrace

 

 

Gourmet Tapas, Cocktails and Cigars - The Garden Terrace Presents New Approach to Relaxation in Jerusalem This Summer

 

 

 

 

(JERUSALEM- July 11, 2016) The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem announces the official opening of its latest culinary offering - The Garden Terrace. 

Located on the roof-top of the historic restored building, The Garden Terrace takes advantage of the cool air of Jerusalem’s evenings while ensuring a sense of quiet seclusion just above the city’s downtown areas.

 

 

Featuring a fully-stocked bar with newly designed cocktail menu and an internationally gathered cigar collection, the menu for The Garden Terrace has been designed by the hotel’s Executive Chef Itzik Barak presenting a wide variety of Mediterranean-inspired tapas dishes. 

 

  Diners are invited to select from a range of dishes - from Veal Spareribs to Fresh Fish Ceviche and Chef Barak’s take on traditional meatballs which are battered in a beer-infused tempura and served with pepper cream.  The all-Kosher menu relies on the freshest ingredients and highest quality meats and fish all available to be combined with fine wines, liquors and drinks mixed to order.

Designing the menu and the overall experience has been a project months in the making with the goal of making The Garden Terrace a sought after location in Jerusalem for the ideal evening of relaxation.

 

 

  

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem has already assumed a reputation as one of the world’s best luxury hotels, including being named as the top hotel in the Middle East by readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.  The Garden Terrace is the third restaurant located in the hotel alongside The Palace and The Kings Court, both of which have received acclaim for introducing a new style of dining to Jerusalem. 

 

“The Garden Terrace introduces a new level of culture to the city that puts delicious food and drink at the forefront all presented in a setting that is uniquely Jerusalem,” says Guy Klaiman, General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem.  “We look forward to seeing this quickly becoming a landmark to be appreciated by anyone looking for a quality, relaxing and enjoyable evening.”

 

 

 

The Garden Terrace at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is open Sunday-Thursday 6:00  PM to 11:00PM. 

For advance registrations (recommended) please call 02-5423333.