On Ha’Hagana Street near old Acre’s shoreline, the Uri Buri restaurant stands proudly. In the past 15 years the restaurant established its status here to be almost as that of the Knight Halls or the Walls that stopped Napoleon. About eighteen months ago Uri Jeremias, the very Uri Buri himself – decided to take his ice-cream out of restaurant and place it in an independent ice-cream parlor nearby: ‘Endomela – Ice-cream from the home of Uri-Buri’. About a year ago he also opened his own boutique hotel down the street. Quiet an empire.
The ice-cream parlor is not large, yet its’ clean lines design is especially inviting; Like an oasis with light refreshing colors that stand out from afar. Contrary to most other Italian ice-creams, Endomela’s ice-cream is based only on such ingredients as milk, cream, yoghurt, fruit and spices. Uri refuses to define his ice-cream, and the only description he is willing to give is “Ice-cream without preservatives or powders. We base our products on ingredients that were used in the past and on high quality”.
At Endomela, besides ice-cream, customers can enjoy a good cup of coffee with excellent cookies from the assortment placed in cookie jars on the counter; these were made by Avi, the ice-cream parlor’s manager, who was trained at Uri Buri and specializes in pastries and desserts as well.
Uri recalls: we started with the ice-cream 24 years ago when we opened the restaurant in Nahariya. I believe no restaurant made its own ice-cream at the time. Nine years later we moved to Acre. Recently we opened Endomela – so that even people that don’t eat at the restaurant can enjoy our ice-cream.
“We have been developing flavors for years. Although most customers still cling to the ‘classic’ flavors – Chocolate, Vanilla and strawberry – we developed Israeli flavors like date, Halva, mint or cinnamon. When the Bahai worshipers come, for example, they look for specific ice-cream flavors that have been passed by word of mouth; mainly roses and cardamom – oriental flavors that are not found elsewhere.”