Opened in late 2017, Carmel immediately attracted my attention.
First of all, it’s the spin-off project of the famous “Zotman Pizza Pie” restaurant located nearby.
Next, the interior and the staff are pretty cozy and friendly, so you indeed experience sitting in a friend’s lounge.
Last, but most important, is the original Israeli food. Actually, there are not so many places in Moscow where the taste of foreign cuisine is “exactly that”. In Carmel, I immediately recalled my week-long stay in Tel Aviv some years ago. Everything I’ve tried there was perfect.
They have some common (and beloved) starters and dishes: good hummus, decent shawarma or shakshuka, but I also recommend trying some Israeli-style fusion dishes, like their duck or lamb shoulder. My friends also like their burgers also. The dishes are not so big, so if you’re hungry, starter + main + dessert would be okay on average.
The wine choice is limited, but they have some good Israeli wines, as well as a bunch of European ones.