Too Beautiful To Eat? Israel Museum’s Restaurant Offers Art-Inspired Dishes

By Dana Kessler, Tablet April 16, 2014 Comments

Whether you’re there to see the Second Temple Model or to catch the latest contemporary art exhibition, you can end your visit to the Israel Museum with a meal at Modern, which was opened by food entrepreneur Zafrir Ginsberg and his wife Avital in 2011 after the museum’s renovation.

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Jerusalem’s Modern is part of an international wave of trendy museum restaurants like The Modern at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art or Georges at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Now, Jerusalem’s Modern is looking to the world of art for inspiration for its menu.

The restaurant’s new Spring menu, under the direction of chef Avi Peretz, features art-inspired items like “Jackson’s Chicken Kadaif,” A dish described as “Pullet, kadaif threads, walnuts and cinnamon in a plate that Jackson Pollock would have loved.” The plate is full of colored edible drizzles, inspired by Pollock’s style of drip-painting.


One of Jackson Pollock’s famous paintings

The other two art-inspired specials are “Cézanne’s garden,” an antipasti dish served on thin Urfali bread and inspired by Paul Cézanne’s famous landscapes, and “Tartar square a-la Mondrian,” which is finely chopped raw sirloin steak served with three squares of dressing, echoing Piet Mondrian’s famous squares.

Montagne Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cézanne

Montagne Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cézanne

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