Rambam St 10, Ra’anana, 43602, Israel
Ideal for: Family Gathering, Outing With Friends
I am a huge fan of small and unique restaurants. As much as I love going to chain restaurants, there is something about the local places that attracts me. That’s why I was so intrigued to go to Salta to grab lunch.
Located in Ra’anana, Israel, Saltaa is a restaurant that at first looks small. When you walk in, there are only a few tables, but when you go to the hidden back you realize how big this restaurant is. This hidden back is decorated with vintage artifacts, including typewriters, old pictures and empty cans of foods. The chairs around the tables are all different from each other, and the plants decorating the restaurant make this already intriguing place even more interesting.
Now let’s talk about the food, shall we? Saltaa is an Italian restaurant, so the food is solemnly dairy food to keep it kosher. The appetizers where delightful. We ordered a roasted eggplant with tahini, beets salad and hot lentil salad. The eggplant was roasted to perfection, and it was complemented by the fresh, homemade tomato sauce. Beets are one of my favorite vegetables, so I was extremely happy when we ordered this one. The beets were pickled and were simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and some sesame seeds. The lentil salad was also simple, it had tahini to go with it and that was it. As a girl who lived in Israel, I learned that tahini goes with EVERYTHING, but I was surprised when I tried it with lentils.
As always, I went for a plate of gnocchi on a cream sauce for my main course. I can’t stress enough how much I love a good plate of gnocchi, and I have to admit that this one was one the best plates I have ever eaten. The cream sauce was filled with flavors, but it was not too cheesy. I love cheese as much as I love life, but I was happy when I noticed that this sauce was not overflowing with dairy products. The gnocchi was the perfect consistency too; not too soft, not too hard. I don’t like when my gnocchi is bland, and Salta’s gnocchi was far from that.
The mushroom and cheese lasagna was cooked to perfection. It had layers of fresh mushrooms, béchamel sauce, mozzarella and Napolitano sauce (tomato based sauce). I am not a fan of mushrooms, and would rather have them taken out of my meals. When I first took a bite of this lasagna I realized the importance of making exemptions. I am glad I faced my fear of mushrooms in my food.
The desserts at Saltaa are a must. Even if you are full, try to make some space for its cakes. My favorite was its Oreo cheesecake one. The base of it was crushed Oreos and the cream also had some of America’s favorite cookie. It was coated with chocolate sauce, and let me tell you that it was everything I dreamed of.
Jewtina Tips: Go for lunch and ask for the business menu. It comes with an appetizer and main course!
Teenu- Disfruta- Enjoy!