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Espresso Bar Rishon LeZion: Menu Updates

Hi there,

Espresso Bar Rishon LeZion is a well-known culinary institution in Rishon LeZion. Established in 2002, it has already been selected twice as the best coffee shop in the city.

Two months ago, the coffee shop was purchased by Yossi Glush an experienced restauranter and prior owner of Café Barnash, Fricasse, Gebeta Bar and Cafe Gimel. Joining him in this new endeavor was the chef and staff of Kalamata restaurant in Jaffa.

The uniqueness of the location that offers a view from the cafe terrace merging with the green of the adjacent park contributes to the pleasant outdoor experience reminiscent of other park cafes throughout Europe.

Espresso Bar Rishon LeZion

The updates to the menu included a change in the character of the dishes and the variety offered. The special breakfasts that are offered every day till 13:00 have been changed to reflect a more mediterranean style with a Greek twist and include several non-standard breakfast salads and homemade falafel and spreads such as: labane cheese and hummus. The menu is non-kosher.

Espresso Bar Rishon LeZion

Outstanding breakfasts include:

The Greek breakfast at 69 NIS includes: a spinach omelette, zucchini and feta cheese served with a variety of salads: grilled cauliflower, tuna salad, cream cheese, homemade labane and hyssop, eggplant salad, homemade hummus and falafel and Taboula salad. Each meal includes a personal chopped Greek salad with feta cheese and a basket of breads.

The American breakfast at 69 NIS includes: an omelette with green onions and thin strips of potatoes alongside side salads as described above with a personal chopped salad decorated with feta cheese on top and a basket of breads.

The menu also includes favorites such as regular Shakshuka, a green Spinach Shakshuka and eggs Benedict served on a Brioche with or without smoked salmon and topped by a hollandaise sauce.

All breakfasts come with both a hot and cold drink and are served daily till 13:00.

Aside from the breakfast specials, other dishes have also been updated. The menu now includes fresh dishes like cheese ravioli with a zucchini based vegetable sauce, a shrimp and calamari seafood dish that is served alongside lemon aioli, fresh pasta with a seafood and crab bisque, fresh sea fish fillets from Jaffa port, beef carpaccio, Arancini balls, cauliflower and eggplant in an upgraded version with basil vinaigrette.

Mahmoud Zuabi, the chef, prepares all the sauces in his kitchen from high quality ingredients, which are reflected in the excellent taste of the dishes.

Even the pastries have been updated. Yossi is still offering dessert favourites, but has worked to ensure a high standard of the flavors. The menu includes classic desserts like hot chocolate lava cake alongside high quality ice cream that melts in the mouth, baked cheesecake, crispy apple crumble cake and a middle eastern favourite, homemade kanafeh served with pistachio nuts and pistachio ice cream!!! It was so delicious, I barely managed to get a photo.

Espresso Bar Rishon LeZion

Aside from the view, what they may not have known is that every Saturday, the municipality holds children's activities such as shows and inflatables between 10:00-13:00 with free entrance. Also, the location is close to the old well that I wrote about in my previous post.

Address: 5 Zadal St. Rishon LeZion Reservations: 050-5505517 Open: Sunday - Thursday from 7:30 to 22:00 Friday 7:30 - 22:00 Saturday: 8:30-22:00

Best, Talma

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