Israel is a tricky place restaurant wise for tourists. Mostly good food and horrible service although they are improving.
Derech Hagefen breaks with Israeli service, atmosphere and food.
This is our second visit to Derech Hagefen. What makes that more interesting is that we are not coming from Jerusalem to eat there but rather traveling 45 minutes from Tel Aviv to dine there. Sima the owner built her restaurant in moshav outside of the city ofad Jerusalem. It is a quiet, cozy space located inside of a plant nursery surrounded by beauty and atmosphere.
But the food and service is what really sets is apart. This is a dairy, kosher establishment. Fish is the only "meat" served here. What the chef has been able to construct out of the freshest of ingredients is nothing short of fantastic.
The daily specials included an asparagus risotto topped with a fried zucchini blossom filled with cheese, an artichoke salad with parm, a beautifully cooked fish and house olives. All were amazing. The salads are simply dressed and fresh. The pastas are unique and full of flavor.
Anyone looking for a unique dining experience just outside of Jerusalem needs to check out Derech Hagefen or their sister property, Itamar.
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