The Sofia restaurant, at Jerusalem's Inbal Hotel

Back in my earlier foodie days, I had a brief love affair with upscale cuisine. I was dancing a lot, and working at a small and exquisitely beautiful flower shop in Boston’s very swank Beacon Hill neighborhood. My coworkers were savvy to the local restaurant scene, and a few of the girls I danced with were waitresses or hostesses at downtown restaurants. I had my fair share of comped or discounted champagnes and appetizers at places like the Nine Zero Hotel on Tremont Sreet and Noir in Cambridge. Fancy food quickly lost some of its luster however, partly because I favor simple, clean, homemade food, over pricey, over-thought dishes, and also because I prefer eating in an unpretentious dining atmosphere, like…. my house.

That being said, when an invitation is extended to preview a luxury hotel’s new menu, at a private tasting, one does not decline — especially, being the new food blogger in town and having had far fewer chances to enjoy (or dismiss) fancy food lately.

Hop over to Israel’s Food Tours‘ site to read all about my experience at the Inbal Hotel’s restaurant, Sofia, where Chef Moti did manage to inspire and delight — though after twelve courses (!!!), it’ll be a while before you read about such decadence again on this blog.

my favorite dish from the tasting- tuna ceviche with citrus, radishes, beets, and sunflower sprouts

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