La Boca is a non-typical restaurant in Jerusalem that offers the perfect solution for people like me, who have never been to Latin America but love getting to know new tastes of other cultures.
Chef Guy Kimchi has decided to bring the Latin kitchen to Israel after a long trip to South America, where he explored the local food. Now he manages this restaurant's kitchen while adapting the dishes to the local clientele.
With the Latin music as well paintings on the walls that introduce the strong colors of the la Boca neighborhood in Argentina, the Latin atmosphere in La Boca cannot be missed.
We started our meal with 2 glasses of local wine, which is usually served to patrons. But the restaurant's menu also offers the Don Mendoza, which is an Argentinean wine, perfect for adventurous people. We also got the house bread which was served fresh with dips of eggplants, tomatoes and tahini, and was a perfect start for this meal. The Brazilian Guarana is a cultural icon, made of the Guarana fruit that grows in the Amazonas.
We were surprised to find on the list of starters the chicken enchilada, which is probably not so common in South America, but we didn't mind. This dish comprised of a mixture of vegetables and coconut milk wrapped in fried breaded tortilla, was great. It went very well with the goose liver that was served with it, together with a side dish of green salad and traditional vinaigrette sauce.
We waited curiously for our next courses, and were pleased to receive them on beautiful handmade clay plates, which made the atmosphere even warmer while preserving the heat of the Argentinean steaks that were grilled a la plancha beforehand. They had everything: grilled vegetables, juicy entrecote steaks and beef fillet in red wine sauce and potato puree made with olive oil.
You cannot say no to La Boca's desserts. The classic churros that were served to the table were a good competition to any local dessert. It is a fried dough pastry stuffed with dulche de leche, which is identified with the Argentinean culture, as well as liquid Halva that reminded us that in spite of all of these foreign flavors, we are still here in the Middle East. Some frozen sugared Açaí fruit really gave this dessert a kick.
La Boca is a culinary haven that has been serving Latin food for 8 years now. The restaurant is available for private events. It is open every week day, including Saturday nights, offering business deals until 5 PM.