After answering the year's most difficult question: 'Should I host this year's seder?' we must then ready ourselves for the main event – preparing the holiday meal. We were 'slaves in Egypt' (that supermarket check-out line is only getting longer) and we wandered for 40 years around the desert (another traffic jam on the Ayalon freeway), don't we deserve a little rest? Israel's top delis and restaurants will free you from slavery, allowing you to bring home a ready-made seder.
Hamisada Hayehudit (The Jewish Restaurant)The Jewish Restaurant is continuing a tradition of quality Jewish food that is Mehadrin kosher. In honour of the holiday, The Jewish Restaurant welcomes you to buy your 'seder' just before the holiday. You can create a full and festive Passover meal according to your budget and preferences. Dishes include: a selection of salads – beet (NIS 44 per liter), Chinese (NIS 44 per liter), haroset (NIS 25 for 250gr), and white horseradish (NIS 38 for 150gr); fish and starters – gefilte fish (NIS 86 for 5 portions), carp (NIS 105 for 5 portions), and sole (NIS 106 for 5 portions); mains: piquant chicken breast (NIS 100 for 5 portions), brisket (NIS 104 for 5 portions), and spring chicken steak (NIS 118 for 5 portions); soups – chicken (NIS 40 for 6 portions), vegetable (NIS 46 for 6 portions), and noodle (NIS 33 for 1/2 a liter); sides – carrot tzimmes (NIS 40 per liter) and roasted potatoes (NIS 40 per liter); dessert – fruit compote (NIS 50 per liter) and almond cake (NIS 40 per tray). It is highly recommended to order in advance, but there is also an option of buying ready made food on the holiday eve. Hamisada Hayehudit (The Jewish Restaurant)9 Jabotinsky, near Mahon Mor (on the main road)Additional location: 5 Shimon Hagibor (near the Visnitz Bakery), Bnei Brak. 03-5789999
Urban TasteThe concept at Urban Taste is food you can take home that feels like restaurant food. Just in time for Pesach, Urban Taste is offering 5 unique and varied menus, each one suited to a different budget. Menu 1 includes chicken soup with kneidlach, a starter – artichoke stuffed with asparagus and mushrooms with cream and white wine sauce, a main – chicken in red wine and carrot, a side – potatoes, Portobello and shallots in caramel, a vegetable – green beans with garlic and parmesan, and a dessert – chocolate truffles in citrus soup, for NIS 90 per person. Menu 2 includes chicken soup with kneidlach, a starter – artichoke stuffed with asparagus and mushrooms with cream and white wine sauce, a main – pieces of roast beef baked in mustard, rosemary and garlic, a side – potatoes, Portobello and shallots in caramel, a vegetable – green beans with garlic and parmesan, and a dessert – chocolate truffles in citrus soup, for NIS 110 per person. Menu 3 includes chicken soup with kneidlach, a starter – chicken liver pate with Portobello and marsala, a main – flank steak in mirin and sumac, a side – saffron risotto, a vegetable – Brussels sprouts in garlic and pecorino, a dessert – lemon parfait in herb sauce and almond croquant and a selection of truffles, for NIS 130 per person. Further details on menus over NIS 150 per person can be seen on the site (in Hebrew). Orders will be taken until 01/04/09. Urban Taste7 Harogey Hamelachot, Tel Aviv03-6498485
BrewhouseThe restaurant, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, offers a rich and varied menu based on dishes from various international kitchens, combining quality food with beer drinking. Before Passover, Brewhouse is offering a solution for how to get out being a slave: Buy ready-made food for Passover. Menu selections include: chopped liver NIS 8 per 100gr/NIS 80 per kilo, kneidlach NIS 70 per kilo (25 per kilo), mushroom salad NIS 7 per 100gr/NIS 70 per kilo, Spanish style chicken legs/wings NIS 6.5 per 100 gr/NIS 65 per kilo, brisket with root vegetables NIS 8.2 per 100gr/NIS 82 per kilo, salmon filet in miso sauce NIS 15 per 100gr/NIS 150 per kilo. Desserts include chocolate cake NIS 10 per slice/NIS 180 per cake and cheesecake NIS 14 per slice / NIS 140 per cake. Orders will be taken until 17:00 on Thursday 02/04/09. Payment can be made by credit card or cash. Minimum order is NIS 250. Brewhouse11 Rothschild, Tel Aviv03-5168666
To find out what's happening at restaurants all over Israel throughout the Passover holiday follow the 'Restaurants on Passover' link below. (Listing in Hebrew.)