Maadali is an Arab market restaurant with contemporary touches, located at the Turkish Bazaar in Acre (Akko).
Chef Adnan Daher, whose family tree reaches as far as Dhaher al-Omar or Zahir al-Umar, conqueror of the Galilee and reinstator of Acre during the Ottoman period, cooks “Acre” meals with fresh ingredients bought daily at the stalls of the Market of Acre.
Adnan has been working in restaurants since the age of 16, he is a graduate of the Dan Gourmet Cooking Schoolin Haifa, worked at the Sinta Bar Restaurant in Haifa and in the kitchen of the Dan Carmel Hotel, he was the partner of his cousin Osama Dalal and when Dalal moved to Tel-Aviv, he remained in the little restaurant, changed its name to Maadali, which means “woman of valor” in Arabic, and modified the menu as well according to his best understanding and taste.
The food is composed, as stated, from natural ingredients that arrive daily from the market: fish from the assortment of fish brought by the fishermen who have recently returned from the sea, fresh meat, vegetables, fruit and spices.
Adnan combines between the food he has always known from his mother and grandmother’s home and his personal touch while trying to avoid frying as much as possible.
The prices of the appetizers range between 23 – 35 NIS and they include: green almonds salad, cauliflower siniya, tabun-baked eggplant with tehina and harissa, smoked freekeh with labaneh, raw tehina, lemon and sumac.
The prices of the main courses range between 50 – 105 NIS and they include:
· Seasonal fish, mainly grouper, farida (pagrus), meagre (corvina) and white narrow-barred Spanish mackerel.
· Seafood, depending on what was brought by the fishermen from the sea.
· Lamb kebab with three sauces: amchoor, tehina and harissa and zucchini dip.
Among the desserts you will be able to find the wonderful dish “Beirut nights” which is served with angel hair kataifi (kadaif) and tehina ice cream prepared by Adnan in the restaurant, and of course kanafah.
The guests are served homemade arak, Arabic coffee or tea on the house.
They are seated in an intimate room or outside in the Turkish Bazaar Alley which is full of ambience.
Thursday and Friday only in the evening, must be booked in advance.
Weekdays between 12:00 – 19:00
(Adnan’s phone: 050-6566167)