Kosher menu features a selection of the best-known recipes from Israel and several Arab countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iran, with forays into nearby Greece. Expect meat-based dishes (beef, lamb, veal, chicken and turkey) as well as a number of fish (shell-fish and seafood are excluded) and vegetarian specialities. Everything is prepared on the spot, in full compliance with the principles of kosher cuisine, which calls for high standards of quality and hygiene. To give you an example, its fruit and vegetables are personally washed by the rabbi who, in strict keeping with Jewish law, eliminates all possible traces of impurities.
Despite offering meat and fish-based dishes, for religious reasons, no mixed dishes are served. Although this is a Jewish prescript, it is also beneficial for health reasons. In fact, according to various studies conducted by nutritionists, the consumption of both foods during the same meal is not recommended. Though strictly kosher, its cuisine offers a culinary cabaret of fresh, authentic, light dishes that not only have a low calorie content but are also easy to digest.
What “kosher” means
In Hebrew, the word kosher means “fit” or “proper”. According to Jewish law, there are, in fact, foods that are considered fit, i.e. permissible, or not permissible. Only a few varieties of meat, slaughtered according to the laws of shekhità, are served. Kosher slaughtering ensures that the act of slaughter occurs with the utmost level of respect for the animal. It is interesting to note that, following slaughter, the animal is subjected to a strict inspection to check that its lungs and innards are healthy. If its organs are intact (e.g. not “torn”) then it is defined glatt. Milk and its derivatives are not used since, by Jewish law, it is forbidden to simultaneously eat meat and dairy products. The food, the procedures followed and the utensils used in the kitchen are regularly controlled by a rabbi.
David Algazi, owner of Re Salomone Restaurant
A short guide to kosher food
– Meat must come from species that both chew their cud and have split hooves
– Fish must have fins and scales
– It is forbidden to serve dishes that contain both meat and fish
– Milk and milk derivatives cannot be used when cooking meat
– All types of fruit and vegetables can be eaten
– Wine must also be kosher, involving strict inspections from the time of harvesting to that of bottling
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