Dag Dagan is the name of an Israeli restaurant specializing in fish dishes. The literal translation means Fish-Fisherman. Join these two words together and it means a female body part - well, at least it's memorable!
The restaurant is situated in Kibbutz Heftziba in the Beit She'an Valley. It was originally a fish and dairy restaurant and their specialty is fish from the local fish pools but they have now added some meat dishes. The result is a varied and interesting menu with a choice of fish, meat or vegetarian dishes.
My daughter was there a few weeks ago with her husband and some friends and they recommended Dag Dagan to me. The food was freshly prepared, both the fish and the entrecote steaks they ordered were delicious and the prices were reasonable. The main courses were served with salad and home-baked bread.
The desserts they ordered were also yum - for chocoholics, the chocolate souffle or hot chocolate cake with ice cream come highly recommended!
You can either sit inside at rustic wooden tables or outside in the shady garden, if it's not too hot. The atmosphere is casual and it's suitable for families - they even have a children's menu. The restaurant is spacious and they cater for celebrations up to 100 people.
Although the food is kosher, the restaurant is open on Shabbat (closed Sundays).
Opening times are:
Monday - Thursday 12.00-16.00 and 19.00-23.00
Friday and Saturday 12.00-23.00
Phone: 04-6534359, 054-663-4444
How to get there: Driving from Afula in the direction of Beit She'an on route 71, turn right at Hashita Junction onto route 669 and look out for the sign to Heftziba on your right.
TIP! While you're at Kibbutz Heftziba, it's worth seeing the excavations in the Beit Alpha National Park and the beautiful mosaic that was uncovered at the Beit Alpha Synagogue. Just follow the signs inside the kibbutz.