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Ziv Shwartzman at Shwartzman Dairy Farm, Moshav Bat shlomo


Cafe Muscat, Moshav Udim


Cafe Muscat, Moshav Udim


Window at Turqiz


Cafe Almog


Cafe Almoq


Le Bistro Jacky


Netanya beach


Turkiz restaurant

 
Editor's Report: Review of Some Favorite Restaurants to Experience Around the Netanya, Zichron Yaacov and Kfar Saba Areas in Israel

by Rhonda Spivak, December 24, 2018

Below is a list of my favourite restaurants in the Netanya, Zichron Yaacov, and Kfar Saba Area as well as a couple of restaurants I wouldn't rush back to. You'll see from my list below that some of the best restaurants (food and atmosphere combined) are located in moshavim in the nearby area.

 

Shwartzman's Dairy Farm Restaurant

 

If you are looking for a unique rural place to eat and visit, don't miss Schwartzman family dairy on Moshav Bat Shlomo (the Moshav is named after Baron Rothschild's Mother) which is a few kilometers north of Zichron Yaakov. The exceedingly small Moshav was founded in 1889 and the dairy sits in a 100-year-old stone house on South Bat Shlomo’s picturesque historic only street lined with gorgeous cypress trees. To enter the restaurant area you walk beneath the canopy of trees to a yard full of bric-a-brac, clay pots, Hebron glass, a chicken coop and a bird cage. You’ll also find a small store to buy olives, and there is a little seating area which makes up this rustic “restaurant.” Large clusters of garlic hang everywhere. I ate at a wooden picnic table, in the little tented seating area. We ordered the “large” cheese platter which came on a wooden tray bearing around eight different kinds of cheeses, some homemade olives and delicious sun-dried tomatoes, grape leaves stuffed with cheese and freshly baked laffehs, and salad. The dairy farm has been in the family for 100 years. The grandfather of the owner Ziv was the muktar of the village and there are photos of the family and farm implements form earlier days in this quaint historic location. The atmosphere of this charming hidden spot is rustic and rural and I've never tasted any fresher yoghurt in my life. (The Shwartzman family cat licked up its remains when we weren't looking). You can also have wine with your cheese, which is recommended. The prices are not cheap but the atmosphere is delightful and it is well worth the trip. Breakfast is also a good option at Shwartzman's. Not kosher. (see photo)

 

Muscat, Moshav Udim

 

This is a hidden gem of a cafe (not kosher), situated in a picturesque moshav, with rustic decor and the seating outside is highly recommended. Breakfast is huge and very tasty. If you come with a newspaper you can read and relax in this peaceful spot for a long time. All the excellent soups, sandwiches, and quiches are fresh and homemade. Tourists don't come to this restaurant as it is too far off the beaten path. The restaurant is good for families, friends and any informal get together. It is vegetarian plus fish. The restaurant also has a nice furniture shop inside which is pleasant to wander through. Service is attentive and there is free parking on this site. If you are near Netanya and have a car, make sure to go to this cafe. (see photos)

 

Turkiz, Moshav Beit Yitzhak

 

This charming and quaint cafe (not kosher) is located in the beautiful moshav of Beit Yitzhak. Turkiz has an exotic vibe to it, with absolutely delicious food, and an attractive furniture store and gift store attached to it. The menu includes great breakfasts, salads, pastas and sandwiches and the owners travel to various parts of the globe to bring back items to furnish the restaurant and to sell in the store. There is ample parking and a meal at Turkiz is relaxing and peaceful. The ambiance is perfect whether you eat inside or outside on the large patio area. The cafe is reasonably priced and you will enjoy walking through the gift shop, which has a nice selection of jewelry, clothing and other gifts to choose from. I have been here several times and the food quality and quantity is always terrific. It's the kind of place you could want to go back to again and again. The cafe is about a 20-minute drive outside of Netanya and is a spot always packed with Israelis, with relatively few tourists. (see photos)

 

Almog Gallery- 3 Ha-Gefen, Kfar Saba Israel

 

I highly recommend eating brunch or lunch at Almog Gallery, which has delicious buffet with a large variety of really unique and tasty salads, pastries and warm dishes. The place has amazing atmosphere, decoration and ambiance, in that it is filled with lots of English and European antiques, dishes and furniture, as well as vintage clothing all of which is for sale. There is no other place in Israel quite like it (see photos)-it is really one of a kind. You will need a car to find the place, but it is well worth it. You can finish your buffet meal and buy the dishes if you lik !  There is a large parking lot behind the restaurant/gallery (see photos)

 

Kofinas-Moshav Tzur Moshe

 

This is a lovely restaurant in Moshav Moshe Tzur, founded in 1937 by Greek Jews that is near Netanya. The restaurant which has Mediterranean/Italian food is named after the founder of the Moshe Kofinas. The pizza was delicious as was the soup and the sweet potato fries were terrific. there is a nice garden patio that was unfortunately closed when I was there but would be a beautiful place to sit. You need a car to get here and it's worth driving around the beautiful moshav if you get a chance.

 

Le Bistro Jacky

 

The food here was average, middle quality with grilled meats and traditional oriental food that is reasonably priced. The restaurant is very close to the Netanya Kikar (square) with grilled meats and traditional oriental food. I noticed a lot of the clientele were French speaking and the restaurant was quite busy. The location is noisy as you are right on a busy intersection.  I did have an interesting experience at the restaurant when an Arab peddler who lived in Beit Hanina (on the outskirt of Jerusalem) came into the restaurant asking me to buy a cap he was selling. It was a long way o come to sell caps for 40 shekels, and he told me he was trying to feed his family by selling caps. I asked if he sold the caps in Ramallah, as that was a city much closer to him, but he said that there was not a lot of tourists there and so he came to Netanya. I thought it was a hard way to make a living, and I felt badly for him so I bought a cap. (see photo). It will be my memory of Le Bistro Jacky as I won't rush back for the food. (see photo) 

 

Jacko, 7 Giborei Israel, Poleg Industrial Centre, Netanya

 

Jacko is a chain restaurant (non-kosher) that originated in Haifa. It's specialty is sea food and fish, and it 's food is tasty, albeit the restaurant itself feels a bit like a cafeteria. Starters are a huge variety of fresh and tasty salads and focaccia bread, with free refills. (The sweet potato salad was particularly good). I ordered the denise fish which was very flavourful while my friend had seafood. Prices are reasonable. I would go back.

 

Marrakesh, 5 King David Street, Netanya-

 

This upscale kosher restaurant with beautiful oriental decor (we ate in what is like a big tent structure) will not disappoint you as long as you know that it is on the pricey side. The appetizer salads were all delicious as was the flavourful lamb stew with dried apricots and plumbs that came in a big ceramic pot. You won’t go wrong ordering the chicken or denise fish or other meat items, all of which are tasty and nicely spiced. Everything is freshly cooked.  We were all too full for dessert. The staff was pleasant and attentive, and the location is in the centre of Netanaya near the sea, and in the day time you can get a view of the sea.

 

Miriam's Grill, 11 Gad Machnes, Netanya-

 

This is an unpretentious unassuming kosher restaurant with simple decor, but the genuine food is very tasty and very reasonably priced. All of the starter salads (you get about 10 of them) are flavourful and worth trying as is the fresh pita, and none of the grilled meat will disappoint. The fishballs are terrific. Everything is freshly cooked and there is a variety of items on the menu to choose from. I would easily go back again. You can also get food to take out.

 

Cochav Hayam, Sironit Beach Netanaya

 

This restaurant/cafe on Netanya's main beach is open on Shabbat and has a large shaded area to sit outside. It's a little pricey, but that's the case for all restaurants right on the beach. Items sampled were the Israeli salad and the salad nicoise which is good standard fare and the grilled eggplant with tehina which was very tasty. The restaurant plays music and has a nice feel to it. Bread and pita are fresh. Service can sometimes be slow, especially if the restaurant is busy. It's a great place to people watch

 

Red Burger Bar, 2 Gad Machnes, Netanya

 

This restaurant has a patio at the back with a beautiful view of the sea, but I wouldn't rush back here. The food was ok, but not great. My friend’s burger was too raw, and not cooked enough. My salad with chicken was flavourful and a large portion. Service was ok. 

 

Segev Kitchen Garden Restaurant, 2 Harakun St | Sharonim MallHod Hasharon
 
This is a unique , high quality restaurant with a great variety of dishes. The salads were particularly tasty, especially the Asian choices, and portions are very large so you won't leave hungry. Segev is a renown chef, and this is one of the better restaurants in the area. The service is attentive, and there is a nice ambiance with a lot of greenery, to make it feel as if you are eating in the middle of a garden. The restaurant was packed when I was there and quite noisy. 

 

 

 

 

 
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