Jun 1, 2011

Best Dairy Meal Ever. Period.

No one is paying me to write this. 

I just want to get that out of the way right now, because I know sometimes when I do "sponsored posts" (a girl's gotta eat) people get all in a tissy about me selling out or working for the "man." No, this post is coming straight from the heart. Or, rather, it's coming straight from my stomach and eyes to your eyes. If that makes sense.

I think the pictures can speak for themselves, but just for your info, if you want to read my review of this delicious restaurant -- Ariel's in Englewood, NJ -- on Yelp, be my guest. Also? It's Chalav Yisrael, so I expect @mottel and @wifeofmottel to come enjoy a delicious meal and to bring Baby Boo with them. Everyone else is welcome, too!

Tomato Roasted Garlic Soup, Stuffed Flounder, Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

This was probably my last great meal before Israel. Not that I'm knocking Israel's restaurant stylings, I'm just not adept enough to know where to go and what hechshers make the most sense and so on. It's almost harder than keeping kosher in the U.S.

If you have suggestions of delicious kosher restaurants in Jerusalem that won't break the bank and beats this, be sure to let me know!



12 comments:

JewintheCity said...

I recognized chocolate souffle at the end - what were the soups and main? I love Ariel's! In terms of food in Israel. Talk to Dani Klein - he's there right now and keeps posting about how amazing the food is!

Chaviva said...

It's in the caption, and it's also in the Yelp link (I describe at length what's there), but it's Tomato Roasted Garlic Soup, Stuffed Flounder, Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake.

I plan on meeting up with Dani while in Israel :)

Linda said...

When I lived in Israel for 4.5 months with the hubs, we started out playing "follow the black hat" when choosing restaurants and food stands at the shuk, then once in Jerusalem it became much easier to stick with Mehadrin restaurants. How long will you be in Israel and where are you planning to go?

Chaviva said...

I'm going to be there June 6-23. Follow the black hat works :) All the teudot look so similar ... and then there's the mehadrin and then like super mehadrin. Sigh.

Batya said...

HaGov 5 Yoel Solomon is great. They always adjust the meal when I request it. it's open from 2pm

Anonymous said...

The Curmudgeonly Israeli Giyoret says:

I'd recommend Sushi Rechavia, but Omami here in Ma'aleh Adumim is better and cheaper.

Marvad Haksamim--Home cooking just like Mama Mas'uda used to make.

Chaviva said...

Thanks for the recs!

the rabbi's wife said...

If you want, I can give you a quick run-down on teudot while you are here. the only thing to watch out for is unrecognized hescherim or faked photocopy ones. if you hold by chalav nochri, even rabbinate mehadrin for dairy will be fine, as it's an equivalent to the OU in America (maybe a little stricter even). Meat can be tricky, but Dairy is simpler.

Anonymous said...

The Curmudgeonly Israeli Giyoret says:

My husband always jokes that it's interesting that the Cheif Rabbis only seem to eat at restaurants with no hechsher. He keeps finding places with no hechsher where the owners swear the Chief Rabbis eat all the time. Eldest Daughter marvels that the Chief Rabbis appear to have so much free time for eating out...

Shoshana Raff said...

Your great review inspired our meal there the next night. Had a great dairy meal (well, I at fish) And it was much better for my diet than steak!

Trip'n Mommy said...

The chef, Craig Solomon, was one of my closest friends growing up. I am so glad to see him succeeding in his dream! Next time you are there, send him my regards.

Chavi, when you get to Israel, be in touch. We can explore eateries together. I really need to get out...

Rivka said...

You may want to check out Cafe Rimon in the Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem. Outdoor seating, delicious food with beautiful presentation AND English speaking waiters.

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