Regina, the veteran kosher restaurant in the Hatachana compound, has launched a new winter menu and a lavish “all you can eat” buffet, served Fridays from 11.00 until 14.00 (or one hour before the commencement of the Sabbath).
The buffet reflects the philosophy of the restaurant, which is to serve traditional Jewish food representing the cuisines of all the ethnic communities of the Diaspora: Ashkenazic, Sephardic, North African and Middle Eastern. As such, it is a smorgasbord of dishes that could justifiably be classified as Jewish comfort food, featuring stews and casseroles that are hearty, filling and warming -- ideal fare for the winter.
The categories of food on display at the buffet include appetizers, salads, soups, main courses and desserts. The main courses comprise meat, fish chicken and even vegan options.
Among the appetizers and mezze are a creamy ikra, an intense chopped liver, puffed pastry stuffed with ground meat, homemade tehina, and baked eggplant with tehina, date honey and pomegranate seeds. These are complemented nicely with thick slices of fresh hallah.
The piping hot soups are chicken and vegetable with kreplakh (meat-filled dumplings), and puréed lentil soup.
Main courses include a traditional cholent (hamin) with kishka (stuffed derma), moussaka, osh pilaf with chicken and beef, shakshuka with eggplant, fish patties in a savory tomato sauce, sofrito with meatballs, and Hungarian goulash.
Desserts are Regina’s cakes, apple strudel, dates and halva. The restaurant has its own creative specialty cocktails and an adequate wine list, along with the usual soft drinks.
The cost of the buffet is a reasonable NIS 84 for adults, and NIS 50 for children. The regular menu -- including kids’ menu -- is also available, as well as breakfast, served Fridays from 10,00 until 13.00.
Neve Tzedek – the Tachana complex (building 10), Tel Aviv
Photo1 Regina;s owners Tzippy Varnel Elizabeth Levy & Nir Shafrir with Silvia Golan
Photo 3 Chef