Gregg Hunter’s Newspace (The Curious Palate)

Though not of the Kosher persuasion I am an ardent admirer of Israeli cooking. So it was with some anticipation that I arrived at the Golan Glatt Kosher Restaurant in NoHo at 13075 Victory Blvd.

I was vaguely aware of the original narrow, cramped Golan location in Van Nuys before the move to its current spacious, free standing spot in a former chain family restaurant replete with visible, surrounding patron parking. There’s seldom a wait for a comfy window booth so reservations are unnecessary.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until 10 p.m. daily, the mood is relaxed at the well-worn but well-maintained place where the menu includes Kosher Chinese cuisine and popular entrees like the platter of tasty, fork tender Brisket of Beef abundantly served with a chopped greens salad, rice and peas, $14.95.

Kosher meats cost more than conventional cuts as do other items so menu prices reflect the difference.

My closest friend on the planet and I celebrate his December birthday with annual reservations at the Tam O’Shanter Inn Los Feliz landmark when the carolers sing in the Christmas season. Michael savors Lawry’s Prime Rib while I invariably order the broiled Sea Bass. We wash down the feast with Pinot Grigio. This time my buddy was feeling adventurous and asked our lovely young server to recommend a special vintage by the glass. The singers were nearby so I missed most of their chat but heard her praise a new wine that had become her personal favorite and that sounded fine to Michael. When she presented the wine Mike urged me to have a sip. I did and shuddered at the sharp edge and bitter aftertaste. He didn’t like the wine either but just sat it aside and indulged in the chocolate soufflé dessert. The shocker came with the steep $14.50 charge for that server‘s “personal favorite” wine; add to the 20% gratuity and it was an $18 bump. Next year he’ll be less trusting of a pretty smile. Never hesitate to ask the price of a potential pleasure.

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