Sahara Restaurant in Shomera is a domestic restaurant serving authentic Moroccan dishes. The restaurant is family owned by Michal and Shimon Vaknin and their son Michael, who all share the tasks of cooking and serving.
The culture of hospitality was passed to the Vaknin’s by their father who owned a restaurant. Cooking they learnt from the family’s mother and the grandmother who were considered acclaimed cooks even in their land of origin, Morocco. Michal and Shimon decided to preserve the culture of Moroccan food, and four years ago took a kindergarten building in Shomera and turned it into a restaurant whose reputation quickly traveled afar.
Restaurant tables are covered with red velvet maps; good music flows from speakers hidden in the walls, exactly in the right volume to enable enjoying it and conducting a conversation at the same time. Hospitality here includes food being served in Moroccan serving dishes and a Tajin; direct interaction with the owners; Michal is always happy to provide explanations about Moroccan dishes and add her recommendations to guests who are not knowledgeable in the Moroccan cuisine.
A roofed wood deck balcony is attached to the restaurant and enclosed with glass windows during the winter.
Taboon (outdoor stove) baked ‘Frena’, Moroccan bread, is served to the table alongside plenty of salads in keeping with the best of Moroccan tradition: Granny’s Matbucha, beets, Moroccan carrots, roasted eggplant in mayonnaise, Baladi eggplant in Za’aluk sauce, egg salad, mayonnaise salad, green cabbage, cucumber with onion and dill, fennel salad, home pickles, tahini and chickpeas.
Also on the menu: domestic soups; pasties; Lahmajoun, pitta stuffed with minced meat, fruit, onions, za’atar and peppers; Cuscus baked in a Tajin; head casserole with chickpeas and peppers; Chicken Tajin Casablanca style; calf brains with Moroccan sauce; calf tonsils; spleen and grilled meat.