This Shabbat, we decided to sample the take-out food in Tsfat. Here are the findings of our culinary venture.
We left Villa Tiferet around 9:30 a.m. and walked three minutes to the midrechov, (called Rehov Yerushalayim) the main shopping street of Tsfat. We first passed two bakeries where the windows were steaming from freshly made challot. You can choose from Angel Bakery or Ariel Bakery. 83Rehov Yerushalayim. They are very close to each other. We decided on Angel bakery because we happen to love their olive bread. Warm it up just before Shabbat and it’s crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Right across the road from Angel bakery is a tiny shop called Atliz. They have freshly roasted chickens and spicy sausage. Buy a whole chicken and they'll cut it up for you.
Next in line is Mendi’s. This is Ashkenazi 100%, with gefilte fish chopped liver and Yiddish-speaking caterers to boot. The food is nicely presented in two rooms. They have soup, chicken dishes potatoes presented in six different ways, salmon, chicken, beef and more. Mendi’s is Kosher Bedatz (Eidat Charedi). It opens at 9:30 and closes three hours before Shabbat. Mendi’s, 29 Rehov Yerushalayim. 04 692 3067
There are several other places that offer Shabbat food outside of Tsfat, in Har Canaan and Rosh Pina. But if you do not have a car and prefer to walk from Villa Tiferet, you can buy all your Shabbat food quite easily.
Our food shopping done, we were then free to roam the galleries and sip a steaming cafe afuch before returning back and getting ready for Shabbat.
We set the table and warmed the food. After shul, as we sang Lecha Dodi and welcomed the Shabbat Queen, we too felt like royalty.
There is nothing like a Shabbat in Tsfat. The ruach, the singing and the dancing at the synagogues touch the soul. As for our meals, they tasted just like home-cooked food. Without having to spend time food shopping, cooking and cleaning up, we were able to bring in Shabbat relaxed and enjoyed ourselves like royalty dwelling in a sweet palace.