On a weekday at noon I sit at the Adelina restaurant in Kibbutz Cabri facing Ilan Oppenheimer, son of the Oppenheimers who founded the legendary ‘Penguin’ coffee house in Nahariya long before the state of Israel was established.
Several years ago, during a lecture at Cabri’s assembly hall, Ilan identified the potential embodied in the Kibbutz’s old Assembly hall. Consequently the place was renovated and transformed into one of the best chef restaurants in the Galilee, while carefully maintaining the unique character of the building and its great historic value.
Currently, sitting inside the restaurant’s fashioned area, my eyes keep wondering off in pursuit of dishes making their way to the tables around me. The restaurant is filled with diners even on weekdays: couples on vacation, businessmen as well as families on a trip. Outside, on the patio overlooking the view, guests sit and enjoy not only the many delicious dishes and flavors but also the open landscape extending all the way to the Nahariya coastline. When visibility is good, the entire Haifa bay can be seen, from the slopes of the Carmel Mountain up to Rosh Hanikrah.
The expertise, tranquility and grace in which restaurant staff services diners is obvious. Just as obvious as the warm, rustic, European design that whets one’s appetite. In the middle of the restaurant stands the large Taboon, always the center of some activity; bread comes out of here, as well as fish and other culinary surprises on their way to diners’ tables. The menu is a delectable combination of Galilean flavors and products with a Spanish Catalonian cuisine.
Concerning food, we would like to recommend two of the restaurant’s signature dishes: the “Tapas Tour” (a tour of restaurant tastes), ‘Paeya Marinara’ in an iron plate of rice and saffron, wrapped in shrimps, mussels, crabs and fish parts, and the “Mary Montania”: roasted spring chicken and shrimps. And we have yet to recommend the deserts and Israeli boutique wines manufactured in wineries of the Galilee.
The scenery and the flavors combined together make a visit to Adelina recommended and worthwhile for anyone visiting the Western Galilee, and may even justify a special trip.