Catit is known as one of, if not the, best restaurant in Israel. We were keen to try it out to see how it compared to 1, 2 and 3 star Michelin experiences we've had elsewhere.
Catit doesn't hold any Michelin stars, because Michelin doesn't cover the Middle East. However, the head chef, Meir Adon, trained at world renowned restaurants such as Le Cordon Blue in Australia, Alinea in Chicago and Arzak in San Sebastian Spain.
The cooking at Catit is difficult to pin down. It's a mixture of Pan European, Far Eastern and Middle Eastern. The chef is not afraid to use bold flavours and does so competently and with great success. The cooking techniques used are at the forefront of advanced gastronomy and the service is exemplary (much less formal than you'll find in many Michelin star restaurants).
Catit has been around for about 10 years and used to be located outside of Tel Aviv. However, about 5 years ago the restaurant moved and is now located in Tel Aviv in an unassuming location. However, don't let the location throw you off. Catit is a first rate dining experience.
When we visited Catit we tried the dinner tasting menu, which consisted of:
-Raghu eggshell filled with roots (9/10)
-Sea fish sashimi (9/10) or "Indian Summer" (9/10)
-Scallops Risotto (9.5/10)
-Bar shell shitake consommé jelly (9.5/10) or Barbecue smoked Young Lamb (9/10)
-Lavender panna cotta (9/10)
-"Land" dessert (9/10)
In total the bill at Catit came to about 1,100 Shekels (including service charges, bottle of water, half bottle of wine, a glass of wine and a glass of mocktail). Given the quality of ingredients, level of cooking and the service, the hefty price is justified.
Compared to other Michelin dining experiences I would place our experience at Catit to be easily comparable to 1 or 2 star Michelin dining experience. In fact, our dinner at Catit ranks as one of the dining highlights of 2012 and given the range of restaurants we've visited, that is saying something!
I'm dying to give Catit another try to see what more is on offer...in short, Catit is a 'must-go' destination for any foodie on Israel.
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