There are many cool restaurants dotted around the Galilee - Rotman is one of them! Although it isn't new, you may not know it because it's not widely advertised, and people generally hear about it by word of mouth.
Rotman is situated at the top of a hill on Kibbutz Lotem, about a twenty minute drive from Karmiel. Amikam and Maya Rotman discovered this heavenly spot by chance and fell in love with it. A few years after moving there, they had the idea of converting the old kibbutz club house into a restaurant.
As well as being a restauranteur, Amikam Rotman is a radio presenter by profession and until quite recently, I enjoyed his twice-weekly radio programs on Kol Israel. His wife, Maya is an accomplished harpist. Understandably, the restaurant attracts radio and television personalities who make the journey north to enjoy the "Rotman experience".
I love it when I come across cool restaurants that I haven't been before, so I just had to tell you about this one! The restaurant is a labyrinth of rooms housing a variety of interesting wood tables and chairs and decorated with vintage artifacts, all chosen and arranged with loving care. Find yourself a cozy corner inside or if the weather's fine, reserve a table on the patio and enjoy the breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and valleys. On a clear day you can see the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret).
You can order an Israeli Breakfast for Two until 12.00 - this is the usual two eggs served however you prefer, vegetable salad (Galilee-style), fresh fruit juice and a hot drink. But it's the home-made spreads, jams and home-baked bread that sets it apart from other places. Tasty extras include Greek-style tzadziki, Balkan cheese in herbs and olive oil, sweet potato, tehina, labane cheese balls, eggplant, pesto and sun-dried tomato spread.
There's also a varied lunch and dinner menu of meat and fish dishes with something for everyone, including the children!
Breakfast costs 120 shekels for two and overall I thought the prices reasonable and not overly exorbitant.
The restaurant also caters for parties and family celebrations - even weddings - for those who are looking for an unconventional venue!
In the winter, it's closed Mondays and Tuesdays but the weekends are busy so if you're planning a visit on Friday or Saturday it's advisable to book in advance.
If you want to spend some more time in this beautiful area, Amikam and Maya also have four zimmers (cabins) next to the restaurant.
So, if you're looking for cool restaurants or places to stay in the Upper Galilee area, I can definitely recommend Rotman. For reservations (for the restaurant or the zimmers) you can phone: 04-6778884 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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