“Good food does its work”, says bluntly Eli Feldman, the owner and manager of ‘Kziza Agalgala’ at Moshav Me’ona. Eli defines his food as “Fast yet qualitative food. Fast food that is not Junk food”, and elaborates, “The place offers all the things that I like to eat”.
At Kziza Agalgala diners eat especially juicy hamburgers made of choice Argentinian beef, ground on location. Hamburgers are served alongside a basket of marvelous French fries and quality beer. In short, the very best worldly treats gathered inside a very small, cozy and beautiful stone house. While diners nonchalantly wipe the corners of their mouth, we can tell them that, Me’ona resident Eli, is a third generation in a line of butchers. “I am also a butcher by training, so that my approach to meat is different than that of a cook”, he says. Eli was already well-known in the local meat scene even before ‘Kziza Agalgala’, as the owner of the meat and wine delicatessen ‘Basar La’inyan’ (meat to the point) in Kefar Vradim. “Four years ago I opened the ‘Agala’ in Me’ona, a business that in time turned into the ‘Kziza Agalgala’. I started here alone, and currently have about ten employees working shifts”.
Contrary to fast-food stands, Eli’s hamburgers are served to the table, restaurant-style, as befitting the quality ingredients and the effort invested in each and every dish separately according to the order. The menu can also be found on the back of employees’ shirts (“not all of it, but the important stuff”). In any event, in order to shorten the way and simplify travelers’ hesitation we would like to remind them that the signature dish is the ‘Hamburger Eli’ weighing 220 grams. Diners interested in larger portions may have the ‘Truly Hungry’ weighing 320 grams. Those who desire smaller portions may suffice with the ‘Half Eli’ or the ‘Spilt Hamburger’, the ‘Course in a Bowl’, one of the stir-fried dishes or the chicken breast dish. The seasoned French-fries served in a basket or on a plate is a course in itself for those addicted to this genre.
For those who wish to eat in their guest room take-a-way and local delivery services are also available. Many would be glad to hear that this treat is also Kosher. Eli: “The Kashrut does not come at the expenses of quality, which is of first importance. It pleases me that anyone can enjoy the food”.
In the evenings the atmosphere at Eli’s changes a bit and the light deems somewhat in favor of the pleasant music and the quality beer poured from the barrel. Eli (Oh Lord), Eli (My God), I pray that these never end. (a song by Hanna Sennesh)