Restaurant: Dolphin Yam
Location: 9 Shimon Ben Shetach str., Jerusalem 9362909, Israel. +972 2-623-2272
Date: June 26, 2019
Rating: Israeli Banchan!
Our second night brings us to:
Dolphin Yam, or Sea Dolphin.
It’s street side on a popular pedestrian street, and not kosher per-se, although like most Israel restaurants no pork etc.
We ordered this passable Sauv Blanc. While fine, I noticed during my trip that Israeli wines are usually 2-3X the price of European wines on Israeli wine lists — why? — I have no idea.
Infinite mezze come with dinner here (at a small extra cost) — which is hard to beat. Like Israeli banchan.
Great bread to accompany the mezze.
Special salmon mango ceviche.
Fried Fish Fingers. Not bad at all, but a bit too strong in taste for my 10 year-old.
Grouper Carpaccio with olive oil and pepper.
Grilled Sea bass filet.
Seafood pasta with tomato sauce.
Trout fried with almonds and served with pineapple and orange sauce.
Lamb kebabs served over a piquant tomato sauce. Good, but a touch dry even with the sauce.
Dolphin Yam was solid. Food was pretty good. Not the best we had in Israel by any meals, but certainly good. Service was friendly but pretty slow. We made the “classic” mistake of not being ready to order the INSTANT we sat down and paid the lengthy penalty of not having the server return for about 20-30 minutes. Wine service was particularly slow as I think we were in between courses by the time it arrived.