Karas – what an unusual and unique name for a restaurant. The name wasn’t just picked out of the blue. In fact, Karas has many different meanings. Karas means crow in Japanese, fish in Russian and, if one neglects the “s” at the end, it means face in Spanish.
Located by the seashore, Karas is ideally situated for a relaxed post-dinner stroll along Bat Yam’s promenade. Just minutes from downtown Tel Aviv, the promenade along the Bat Yam beach has, in recent years, become a leisure and tourist attraction and is dotted with a wealth of restaurants and coffee shops.
As we entered the restaurant, we requested that we be seated outside on the wooden deck, so that we could enjoy the blissful view and catch the warm sea breeze. The restaurant has a fantastic Mediterranean menu which offers a variety of tapas, pastas, grilled meat, seafood and fish. As if that’s not enough to satisfy even the pickiest eaters, Karas also features an extensive sushi menu.
Reuven, the restaurant owner, knows that experimental and unique dishes are key to operating a successful restaurant. While the menu consists of many classic dishes which can be found at many restaurants, Karas also offers a number of not-to-be-missed unique dishes that will make your mouth water. Close to the sea, the obvious focus of the restaurant is fresh sushi, sashimi and seafood.
Being huge sushi fans, we ordered one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, their California inside-out roll with crabmeat, avocado and salmon, topped with a homemade spicy mayonnaise sauce. We also opted for the Karas roll, figuring that it has to be super special if it carries the restaurant’s name. Filled with eel and vegetables, surrounded by nori (thin, dried Japanese seaweed sheets), then a layer of rice, and topped with salmon and teriyaki sauce, this dish is truly unique and delicious.
For the main course, we shared the “Mixed Seafood”. It’s yet another of the restaurant’s signature dishes and comes in an especially unique and tasty sauce. The owner recommended a bottle of Gewurztraminer to pair with our seafood platter. The combination of seafood and a glass of chilled white wine made this dining experience a truly enjoyable one.
91 Ben Gurion St., Bat Yam