Today is my mom's 76 B-day.
Yesterday I'd surprise her with dinner at Chef Erez Stern's own apartment in Tel Aviv. We were 5 . The atmosphere was romantic and cozy, while Erez (the chef) due to his own personality contribute the feeling of home together with the feeling of eating in a very elegant place.
The menu was a combination of several cuisine with local ingredients served on romantic table arrangement.
When we arrived we were sitting at first at a cozy corner , eating small Crostini with several goodies on it, "amuse-bouche" Erez called it with Apperitif as citrus punch drink. Great.
Then we were invited to this great elegant table, set just opposite Erez kitchen where we could see him cooking, boiling, frying while we were eating. In the middle of the table was a basket full of all kinds of bread and next to each of us, small plates with special spreads.
For starters we had veggie soup with buttered shrimps, Napoleon cake made of puff pastry with roasted tomato & baby leaves with pommegranate sauce.
Oh boy, I can still feel the taste ....... I must ask for the recipe, yep, as if....LOL, and green veggie rissoto.
Next , we had small kebabs on roasted eggplant with thini sauce. Now, I could hardly eat anymore, but on the other hand could not resist tasting the next dish. Pullet in coconut milk marinade with ginger on rice.
By that time, all I wanted is to lay down, happily ever after and sleep......... but, no, I had to taste more from all those goodies that continue to arrive at the table.
Each one of us recived a plate with 8 , no less, desserts as cheese cake, Crumble Apple tarte , Cream brule, Hot Chocolate fudge cake......and more.
Beside our own plates , in the middle of the table , Erez put a huge plate with several pettifores, who can resist it?
We have spent almost 5 hours at Erez home . It was great. We were happy, my mom was delighted , Erez turned to be a great host and who need more?
Erez gave us a unique and special experience that combined a Chef, familiar family like hospitality and high quality foods in a beautiful place, no parking problems, no security issues, no mess at my place .
Just full enjoyment. If some of you intend to come to Israel in the future, I highly recommend it for a great experience, a real special event.