Claro is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Tel Aviv. If you were to ask me for a restaurant recommendation, one that fits both casual and celebratory events, Claro would be one of the first names to come up. The restaurant is located in Sarona, close to Ha’arbaa street inside a huge Templar structure. The main hall is spacious and impressive, boasting a large open kitchen and a bright, beautiful design. There are several seating options, each providing the patrons with a different experience. If this is your first time here, I recommend sitting on the bar to catch all the action as it unfolds in the kitchen.
This time we decided to try their brunch, which is served on Friday and Saturday. On their brunch menu you can find dishes like: Seafood “Shakshuka”, Mediterranean Eggs Benedict, Claro Charcuterie and “Sabich” Claro. Even though many dishes sound really interesting, we decided to go with the Breakfast Tray For Two. To my disappointment, there’s no option to have a “single” tray, which would allow us to sample some other dishes from the menu. The tray only come in a set size.
The tray costs 165₪ ($42) and includes: Eggs any style, market vegetable salad, baked goods, cured pink trout, goat cheese, spiced olives, yogurt with hour granola, coffee and juice. There’s an option for Side Order of Bacon for 22₪ ($5.5) which we couldn’t resist.
For drinks we ordered fresh squeezed orange juice and lemon juice. For eggs – one omelet with herbs and onions (no extra cost) and one sunny side up. I was happy to discover that the omelet wasn’t overcooked in the middle, as often happens.
The tray arrived minutes after filled with goodies. The baked goods basket included challah bread, pretzel, spinach and ricotta cheese burekas, poppy seed cake and berry muffin. They were all great, but I especially loved the berry muffin and the pretzel. The yellow butter was silky smooth and the plum jam was a fun addition to go along with the pastry.
It was apparent that all the items in the breakfast tray were made using the finest and freshest ingredients. Take for example the salad: It could have easily been yet another simple, tired and boring vegetable salad. But instead Claro’s salad was an explosion of fresh, well seasoned flavors including kohlrabi, cauliflower and beat, vegetables which you do not normally find in a breakfast salad. The cured pink was lovingly made as well and the bacon had the perfect crunch to it.
As good as the food was, the service this time could have been better. The staff didn’t bother to clean the table when removing our plates. And so we were served coffee on an unkempt, dirty table. It was also served without spoons, leaving us to contemplate innovative methods of sugar transportation. There’s nothing like warming your hands on a hot cup of coffee on a cold day. Claro’s plastic mugs, while very photogenic, insulate heat a little too well leaving you with hot coffee in a cold mug on a cold day 🙁
Claro isn’t cheap, but it’s a restaurant that ensures a good experience, for couples and larger groups alik, whether it’s a special occasion or just casual get together. We’ve been here a couple of times and we’re bound to be back here and taste what the rest of their menu has to offer.