It being Simchat Torah today, it has been a holiday in Israel so many shops and restaurants have been shut, including the snack places I’d scouted out for lunch. So, not expecting much, I went for a view rather than high quality. The little dishes I chose at Goldman right on the Mediterranean surprised me though. Chosen mainly because I could watch people frolicking on the beach, I went for the five little plates for a respectable 49 NIS, a fraction of the price of their steaks. So good were my little plates that I have been driven to detail them here:
- Bulgur with parsley, a little red onion and pomegranate seeds
- A wonderfully smokey aubergine dip, topped with a little more pomegranate, containing what seemed to be pepper seeds
- Little dark lentils, tossed with parsley, some juicy dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts – my favourite
- Chick peas with tiny cubes of feta, little pieces of sun dried tomato, red onion and black olives and fresh mint
- And the biggest surprise amongst all this Mediterranean sunshine-appropriate food: ‘pickled gold tail’. I was told it was salted fish but didn’t expect the Baltic-style herring topped with sour cream.
All this with some salty rosemary bread, spicy dip, salad and pickled cucumber. And a humous-free zone, thankfully!