Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jonathan Food Club – Chef Restaurant by Yonatan Roshfeld

Jonathan Food Club is one of the best restaurants I ate at. Chef Yonatan Roshfeld gives everything he has to give here – and it is a lot! Fresh top quality ingredients, accuracy and personal touch in every plate and extraordinary combination of flavors!
Jonathan Food Club – Chef Restaurant by Yonatan Roshfeld


Yonatan Roshfeld, the well-known Israeli chef judge “Master Chef” was born and raised in a Kibbutz.  A son of a German father and a Moroccan who studied in CAnnes and worked in a Michelin 3 stars restaurant, Roshfeld cooks in two restaurants - Jonathan Food Club and Captain Curry. Jonathan Food Club is a contemporary European Mediterranean chef restaurant with Roshfeld’s signature in everything from food to wine and it is considered one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Jonathan Food Club is situated near the old station of Tel Aviv, facing the beach. The décor has oriental style that reminded me a British officer club at the Indian colony in the previous century. The restaurant started as an Indian restaurant but has recently changed to an International chef restaurant.





The restaurant has a number of areas with a private dining area on the second floor with a beautiful sea view and an open kitchen (glass walls enabling the guests to see Roshfeld cooking).



The menu at Jonathan Food Club is small but varied and it is always changing according to the season, the availability of ingredients and Roshfeld’s mood. However, its structure and offering is rather consistent with vegetables, fruit de mere, fish, pastas, beef and lamb. Some of the plates are offered as half plate as well, perfect for tasting! We took advantage of this and shared a few courses.

Starters

We started with warm fresh bread, served with sour cream and Zaatar. A basket of warm buns baked here with Anis scent.

The vegetables in the menu were grown from “Heritage Seeds by Benny Lifshitz” conserved original native holy land biblical crop. These are the highest quality vegetables in the market today, if you look carefully, you’ll notice this in the food – young zucchinis (often named zucchini flowers), palm cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, etc.

Chinese Asparagus “hanged youghurt” & wild garlic

Two huge pieces of Chinese asparagus with hanged yoghurt (Labneh) seasoned with chives. The gentle sourness of the yoghurt and the stinginess of the chives fits wonderfully with the asparagus! While I did not taste all the food here, I think this one is one of the best – so simple yet so good!


Salad from Tomatoes that grew this week in the “Arava”

As much as this salad looks simple it is excellent! The different types and colors of fresh firm ripe sweet tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients (I could feel small radish, chives, basil, and boiled egg) is so yummy!
The salad in the photograph is “half” plate.



Main Courses

“Nudi” Ricotta, Parmesan Reggiano & Sage

Soft but solid Ricotta Gnocchi served in a bath of cream of spinach with egg yolk in the middle. Well done although I needed to add salt. The egg yolk made it a bit heavy for me so I had it without it. The Nudi in the photograph is “half” plate.





Beef Fillet “Jacques Chibois”

Beef Fillet made exactly to order with crunchy edges and red center. Wonderful red wine jus with pepper. The surprise was the beans that melt in the mouth. We also had the tomatoes and onion that was served as part of this plate. I loved every bite! Accurately made just like in France - a masterpiece!



Desserts

Roshfeld’s desserts are at the level of a French Patisserie! We tried two.

“Weiss” Chocolate Triplet

Three flavors of fluffy chocolate Ganaches covered by a thin dark chocolate disc. The ganaches were not too sweet and were so good!



“Brittany” Apple pie, Almond cream & Apples in Calvados

A base of warm butter cake with caramelized apples and a ball of light cream. Served with caramel cinnamon ice cream.  This dessert is excellent! So accurate and tasty in every bite. The ice cream has an extraordinary flavor!

Drinks and Alcohol

Jonathan Food Club offers different types of Nespresso coffee that is brewed here with different blends of Arabica and Robusta from South and Middle America. It is not capsules! Also the tea is of high quality.
The wine and cocktails menu is wide, there is also a deal of wine tasting offered for around 100 NIS. This month it was of Flam winery, and for 95 NIS per person the deal offers 3 smaller glasses of wine (altogether 2+ glasses of wine) of White, Rose and Red wine. The red wine was Flam Merlot Reserve 2008 – a really good deal!
During dinner, as we sat on the bar, the bar tenders offered us shots and the atmosphere was getting warm making dinner not only food but also fun!

Information  

Prices: food 38-188 NIS, desserts 52 NIS.
Our food: Bread 22 NIS, Asparagus 68 NIS, Salad (half) 38 NIS, Nudi (half) 48 NIS, Beef Fillet 178 NIS, and Desserts 52 NIS.
Overall, dinner at Jonathan Food Club costs 20-30% more than a normal restaurant but the value for money is accordingly – excellent ingredients and Roshfeld’s touch that makes food here to something you won’t find elsewhere! Dinner here is a wonderful culinary experience!
Jonathan Food Club, 6 Koifman st. Tel Aviv, open Mon-Sat 18:30-24:00, 03-6960707 Not Kosher

Disclosure: I was a guest of the restaurant

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