Following my third visit to Carolla I can now comfortably write a positive review. Though the food was very good on visits 1 & 2, there was a lack of professionalism (many items on the menu were not available, for instance) which made me uncomfortable. and I was reluctant to say anything negative because, at the end of the day, the product they deliver is excellent.
Carolla is in an attractive, glass walled space on a popular entertainment street in Haifa. Pretty tables with red and white checked tablecloths keep the atmosphere light and cheerful. The host/owner greeted us with charm and warmth. I was surprised that he remembered me and my partner from our previous visits.
Carolla hosted a wine tasting/fixed price dinner last week which was delightful. The wines were all from a local vintner Chai Vortman who gave a spiel on his (micro) boutique winery . The meal was preceded by a guided tasting of Vortman's three reds, all blends, one better than the next. Some of the grapes he grows on his property just five minutes from the restaurant, on the slope of the Carmel mountain and the majority are grown in a beautiful valley half an hour south of Haifa.
Among the tasty courses was crab ravioli in a crab reduction (ravioli was perfectly al dente), sinta steak on a bed of pureed artichokes, an arugula salad with fresh and dried fava beans (extraordinary!) a delicious lemon ice palate cleanser and several more courses that my memory did not hold onto because of the copious amounts of wine consumed.
The wait staff was attentive and efficient, Chai Vortman circulated among the patrons talking about wine and the owner keeping a close eye on the operation, wandering among the guests making sure everyone was happy.
The only disappointment was the dessert which was supposed to be a pear cooked in wine in an almond cream. It turned out to be a tiny little overcooked pear in a solid almond concoction. Somewhat tasty but the textures were all wrong and unpleasant, and the pear which should have been the star, suffered a bit part. I love a good dessert, the crowning glory of a meal, but was too happy overall (too much wine) by this time to object.
At 300 shekels ($87) for a multi-course tasty meal and as much wine as we were able to drink, it was a bargain.
We walked home happy.
I got the address wrong in the header--it's actually 64 Moriah
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