The Fisherman's Kosher Restaurant
The Fisherman’s Kosher Restaurant is a fine fish and dairy restaurant in the port of Yafo (Jaffa). It is unique as the only kosher restaurant in the port among many non-kosher places. That is our good fortune, as the port is a breezy place to explore and enjoy, especially on a cool evening.
The restaurant is owned by a family of fishermen. They have been fishing from their boat for many years. You can be sure that you are getting the absolute freshest fish, at this restaurant, straight from the sea. The family has another restaurant at the port with the same name. The family is now trying to make a go of it in the kosher arena. Be sure that you are at the kosher Fisherman's restaurant.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant has indoor seating at linen-covered tables, and seating in a large inviting street-side outdoor patio shaded by umbrellas. There you can watch the street traffic of the port and the neighborhoods of Yafo. The music is quiet and the service is attentive.
About The Fisherman's Menu
We decided on two non-fish starters and a fish main course for each of us. The Baladi Eggplant, which is a whole grilled eggplant, opened and covered with a generous amount of tahini, and the stir-fried mushrooms, a large portion of button mushrooms stir-fried in teriyaki sauce with almonds, cashews and onions, layered on a salad of lettuce and cherry tomatoes. The starter portions were very large, and frankly, we could not finish them. This was a shame, as I really liked the stir-fried mushroom dish.
Also available as a starter for dinner are the small tastings of 6 Israeli salads. including humus, carrot salad, beet salad, a minty refreshing tabbouleh, red peppers and others. The salads are included in the business lunch, which is available until 5 p.m.,
There is an open kitchen and a drinks bar, with beer on tap, whisky and vodka. This is a drinks bar, not a cocktail bar.
The Fisherman’s Kosher Restaurant offers a selection of salt-water and fresh-water fish that the kitchen will prepare in any of several ways: whole, filleted, or grilled open-faced, pan fried, or baked. The selection of fish is good and includes fresh salmon, levrak (Sea Bass), and barbunya (Red Mullet). The menu is only available in Hebrew at this time. Other options are fish and chips, and, for non-fish eaters, penne in a cream-tomato sauce. Side orders of fries (chips) or baked potato are offered with the fish.
At the suggestion of the waitress, I ordered the Sea Bass, opened and grilled, with a side order of fries. My companion has a thing for fish and chips, so she ordered them. Both portions were generous. The bass had a sprinkle of sweet paprika for color, but it was not spicy at all. The large opened Sea Bass served with half a lemon filled the plate, and the chips were served separately. The bass turned out to be rather bony, I might have been better off ordering it grilled whole, or grilled whole and then pan fried.
The haddock in the fish and chips comes as many small cubes or balls of coated and fried fish, next to a generous portion of fries on a single large plate. Ketchup and mayonnaise are available in small packets on the table.
We shared an absolutely delicious dessert, a piece of chocolate cakes with two small scoops of vanilla ice cream. The cake was unusually chocolatey with chocolate icing on top. This was my chocolate dose for the week. Tea with mint complemented the meal.
From the menu: Eggplant baladi NIS 35. Salmon carpacio NIS 45., stir fried mushrooms NIS 45. Fish & Chips NIS 60. Salmon steak NIS 95. Levrak NIS 110. Babunia NIS 120. Penne NIS 65.