For the first course, we ordered beef tongue with a green salad. And, following a recommendation from the waitress, we also chose Arayes — which she described as ‘the flagship dish’ of M25.
The beef tongue was juicy, and combining it with Dutch mustard was a brilliant choice, creating a truly spectacular flavor.
The second starter, the Arayes, is definitely a must-have. After taking a few bites, it was obvious to me why the employees consider it a flagship dish.
This is a juicy pita stuffed with lamb prepared on a grill, served with tahini and tomato salad. What makes this dish popular is the delicious meat, the flavors of which are absorbed by the pita: this makes it crunchy on the outside, a nice contrast in texture to the a delicious kebab inside.
This dish was enough to fill my stomach, and I recommend sharing it with someone else if you want to leave room for the meat to come (which is what the restaurant is known for, after all).
For the main course, I ordered PRIME RIB 600g with roasted tomatoes and potatoes. I usually avoid mentioning prices in the “taste” section, but I’ll make an exception here: I paid NIS 41 per kilo, which is certainly cheap compared to other high-end Tel Aviv restaurants serving a similar portion.
In addition to the prime rib, I ordered one skewer of Lia fat: the butcher explained to me that a combination of fat with prime rib could significantly enhance the overall flavor.
What distinguishes the taste of M25’s meats is that they’re all cooked on charcoal grills. Anyone who understands the art of preparing meat knows there’s a big difference in the way this tastes compared with meat cooked on the standard electric grills used in countless restaurants across the globe.
The prime rib was soft, juicy and true prime rib-lovers who like eating off the bone will enjoy it right up to the last bite☺
The Lia fat was also a great complement, adding to the prime rib’s exquisite taste.
Score for Prime Rib: 9/10.
After I finished the prime rib, I had just enough room left for dessert. The waitress offered two recommendations: the chocolate mousse and the crack pie.
I decided on the crack pie after seeing someone at a nearby table eating it — it looked irresistible. In case you don’t know, crack pie is a honey cake served with oatmeal and “cream fresh”.
The cake was solid, and though it couldn’t compare to the meats (of course) it was still a nice dish to end the meal.