My daughter and I went to Charlotte for a birthday dinner in my daughter's honor, and it was a very good place for a celebration: very good food, beautifully presented, lovely surroundings, high price- perfect for a special occasion.
Ein Karem is outside of central Jerusalem, a world of its own, with a magnicent view all around of the mountains, so seating outside on the wooden deck was perfect.
The restaurant is quite new, and it is a kosher meat one, serving eclectic choices.
My daughter and I actually chose almost the same dishes we had at the Hachatzer restaurant about a month ago (compare the review I wrote of that one), to see how this one deals with the same fare.
My daughter's first course was pate and toast with a confit of onions.The pate was absolutely butter soft (but with no butter, of course, since this is a kosher restaurant) and the toast was a marvelous new twist on the idea: triangular pieces of pancake-liked baked "toast" that had a marvelous and unusual quality. The confit was served on a small spoon, placed on the plate.
My first course was a risotto of veal sweetbreads with smoked eggplant- an extraordinary combination, which was only marred by the fact that it was too salty.
My daughter's main course was a sirloin steak, which did not come out to the degree she wanted it, and therefore was a bit hard, but it was good, though not more than that. The puree was wonderful, creamy and not overspiced.
My "butcher's cut" was absolutely magnificent, probably one of the best I have ever had. It was absolutely melt- in- the- mouth, velvet-like.
One dessert was a halva parfait (excellent) served with a carrot confit (again on the same charming spoon as the onion had been) and the other was meringues topped with creamy sorbet over a fruit salad- the meringue was not baked, and the salad was too sweet.We each had mint tea afterwards.
The service was attentive.
We had a glass of wine each, and there was freshly baked bread that came with spreads at the beginning.
It is expensive: at today's exchange rate, it comes to $140 for 2, including the wine, but without the tip.
It was a lovely experience, nice for a special occasion, but certainly not just for a simple evening out.
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