Really great kosher restaurants are not as easy to find in the Galilee as you would expect, so I was very interested to hear about "Arnold's". A good friend of mine found this gourmet meat restaurant while she was vacationing in Nahariya. It's situated at the entrance to Moshav Nativ Hashayara, not far from Kabri junction.
Since it opened in September 2007, Arnold's has built a reputation for consistently serving good food and has become one of the leading kosher restaurants in Western Galilee. It is owned and run by Chef Uri (Arnold) Arnon, who saw it as a personal challenge to disprove the myth that food can either be kosher or good - a view that he calls "outdated and primitive".
Uri Arnon is no novice - after studying hotel catering at Tadmor,he has worked in several prestigious restaurants over the years: Mul Yam, Dixie and Barcola in the center of the country and the Morgenfeld Steakhouse in the north. Uri has an interesting religious background - his maternal grandfather was an esteemed rabbi in Egypt and Jerusalem while his paternal grandfather was a priest (Uri's own father converted to Judaism).
The menu at Arnold's is varied and imaginative - local Galilee mixed with French and Mediterranean influences. Check out the veal spare ribs in home-made barbecue sauce! Not a meat-lover? There's a choice of pasta, chicken and salmon dishes on the menu, too. And to go with the meal, choose from one of the good local wines on the wine menu, picked to suit the character of the restaurant and the dishes - or try their home-brewed beer.
My friend, who has a sweet tooth, had only good things to say about the desserts. She and her partner shared the chocolate fondue, which comes with fruit and marshmallows to dip in it - who says that parve can't be delicious!
What else did she like about Arnold's? The atmosphere is warm and relaxed and you can sit outside on a wooden deck while enjoying the view over the countryside. Would she recommend it to other couples for a romantic meal? Yes, definitely!
Opening times are Sunday - Thursday 12.00-23.00, Friday till 16.00 and Saturday evenings (motzei Shabbat). For reservations, phone: 04-9522211 or 054-5650521.
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