11.06.2011 09.Siwan, 5771 Beha'alotcha
The stars of Arnold's cozy kosher meat restaurant are the appetizers and the desserts.
Are you looking for romance? Then call – just kidding.
Well, maybe I’m not kidding.
Arnold’s is a surprisingly nice restaurant tucked away a few kilometers east of Nahariya. Located at the entrance to Netiv Hashayara, you can find parking near the banana trees.
The bistro is housed in a rustic wood cabin, but inside rustic turns to romantic. Soft, jazzy music plays in the background, tables are lined with dark red cloths, and candles flicker tenderly. The menus are leather-bound, including the respectable wine list.
The stars of said menu are the appetizers and desserts, which says something for a kosher chef’s restaurant seemingly in the middle of nowhere. On the night of my visit, the Galilee tapas platter (NIS 60/38) included a simple yet refreshingly light fattoush salad with a nice pita chip crunch; a tabboulehstyle quinoa salad loaded with fresh parsley and dried cranberries; a chunky, homemade humous that even my humous-averse dining partner loved; an eggplant cream topped with nigella, which was tangy and light; and cherry tomatoes topped with dukkah (an Egyptian spice blend pronounced doah) that was an interesting change of pace. We also got a fresh, oily focaccia with pickled lemon spread, olive tapenade and an olive oil-balsamic vinegar combo, which is always my simple favorite (NIS 15)….