We reserved a table by the window at Kalamata, 10 Kedumim Square, recommended by several sources. We tried to explore Old Jaffa first, but the heat drove us into the restaurant a bit early. The Greekish menu looks somewhat conventional, but the dishes delivered were mostly special. First, at no charge, we were given a plate of babaganoush, dotted with feta cheese, chopped olives, and small pieces of red pepper. We also shared a salad of artichoke hearts, radishes, cranberries, fennel, slivered almonds, parmesan cheese, parsley and olive oil (40 NIS, $10.40), going near the top of the best salad ever list. I had "Greel lamb gyro" (70 NIS), or a deconstructed version thereof. It had shredded spicy lamb on a flat pita, spread with yoghurt, onions and mint. Madam had fish kebab (62 NIS), really sea bream croquettes with chickpeas and tzatziki, not as interesting as the other items we tried.
A major attraction of Kalamata is the view. It sits on a high spot in Old Jaffa, right on the Mediterranean. Patrons are given a two-hour time limit to allow others to share the view of the sea and the sunset. Unfortunately, we sat down at 5:25 P.M., more than 2 hours before the sunset, so we had bright, bright sun reflecting off the water during our meal. So, plan ahead and reserve about 30-45 minutes before sunset. Note that there are only about 7 tables inside where you are able to enjoy the view. Another 7 or 8 tables are in front of the restaurant, on the square, pleasant enough, but lacking the wow factor.
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