In the eternal quest for something different, we were delighted to discover Salta, a one-of-a-kind restaurant on Raanana’s Rambam Street. This small storefront eatery offers delicious dairy dishes in an unexpected and fun environment.
There are but 5 or 6 tables in the indoor section of the restaurant and another 5 or 6 on an outdoor deck out back. Every table is a different size and no two chairs are the same. Some of the tables are covered in lively green checked cloths and other not.
Mural-size photographs fill the walls and chachkas abound. This eclectic mix includes a hand painted candelabra on the counter, shelves of books, bottles of wine, a magnificent 150 year old chandelier, and a charming painted sink for netilat yadayim.
On one side of the restaurant there is a vegetable stand. The gorgeous-looking vegetables pass for a still-life painting, but they are quite real and are in fact used in the food preparation.
If this sounds peculiar, let me assure you that the atmosphere is absolutely charming. Every item is special, and the total impression is cozy and homey, and quite a comfort zone.
All of this is the brainchild of owner Yuval, formerly of the restaurant Yuvalim in Givat Chen. Yuval is responsible for the décor, the photographs (another of his talents) and many of the recipes. If there is something that Yuval is not good at, you will not find it at this restaurant. This is a family enterprise, with Doda (Yuval’s aunt) in the kitchen and Yuval’s son helping Abba during summer vacation.
The restaurant offers a NIS 39 and a NIS 49 business lunch but other menu items struck our fancy. I chose the tuna salad sandwich and my companion, rising late that day, chose the breakfast.
The good-size tuna sandwich cut in half was served on a large plate with a very nice salad. Both the sandwich and the salad were rich in fresh herbs and were dressed to kill. I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh taste and the creative combinations in this rather conventional menu item. I tried to guess the ingredients in that tuna salad, but other than carrots I was stumped.
You must have the Salta fresh-squeezed orange juice that comes complete with pulp and pits. This is a signature item at this restaurant – the oranges and the squeezer are part of the décor. My companion preferred a second cup of coffee with her breakfast, which presented no problem for the restaurant.
The Salta breakfast fills the table. The focus was a delicious looking plate laden with a salad and an omlette covered in grated cheese. A basket of wonderful sourdough bread delivered from a local bakery and several tapas-size bowls of cheese, jam, tuna salad, olives, and spreads, top off the breakfast.
Salta offers a selection of wonderful homemade cakes, and we indulged in a slice of lovely cheesecake. I prefer the cheesecake with crumbs on top, but this, with a rich cheese top and summer berries, was a close second.
The restaurant is wheelchair friendly, with a big ramp up from the street into the dining area. There is one hour free parking in the lot on Hashuk Street. Be sure to tell the parking attendant that you are going to Salta.
Pasta: NIS 39, Salads: 43, Sandwiches: NIS 40, Fish: NIS 49, Desserts: NIS 28
April 2009Salta Restaurant, Rambam St., Raanana; my first visit there yesterday caused me amazement: exellent food, menu and service- pasta, fish ,veg dishes ,kasher. I'm a Raanana resident, eat out regularly as do many friends. How come I never heard of it before? Good parking close.