Segev Express is like an express version of a different restaurant, Segev, and now, already turned into a real restaurant in itself. We went there one rainy afternoon before the business lunchtime is over. Entering the place my expectations went high, because the decoration was adorable, and I liked the atmosphere and the vibe. It felt like sitting out in the street but actually you’re just a part of a scene inside the structure. It has a small alley in the middle with benches and a tree painted silver with little Christmas white lights. It’s kitsch but it worked, I loved it. And so, whenever I like the atmosphere of a place I hope to also like the food, because still it’s number one priority for me. Unfortunately the beginning was rocky – some good, some not so good, but went straight down-hill with the main dishes. Oh well, see for yourself:
The starters were generous, big dishes which can be very enjoyable if you select wisely.
On to the main courses. I had some problem choosing a main in this menu because I don’t like ordering a vegetarian dish for main course, I didn’t wan’t chicken breast which I find boring most times and not so much fan for pizza or pasta for lunch – makes you feel horrible afterwards. But this was basically the menu. I like menus where I’m intrigued and want to try several dishes but in this case it was hard to choose from the wrong reasons, so I went for the shrimp dish. Oh how wrong was I.
I had to choose another dish. The menu came back but nothing got me craving for it. So I went for a fresh pasta dish, although I think paying 70 NIS for a vegetarian pasta dish on a business lunch is a stretch, it had to be a damn good pasta dish to justify itself.
After my lunch in Segev Express I got to understand a bit better what Israelis like to eat: vegetarian, pasta, pizza, chicken, some Asian-influenced-like touches. Personally, it did not meet my expectations but the anthropological value was high. Maybe I just visited the restaurant in a bad menu season but perhaps this is the direction Segev is taking – vegetarianism, or better yet – carbism (eating only carbs). And I can’t blame him because it might just be the case that this is the path that Israelis are going towards as well. Know your customers, I agree. It’s hard to see what effects what – the crowd effects restaurants or the other way round. Well… When the crowd is so stubborn and conservative, I guess it’s the former, unfortunately.
38 Habarzel st. Ramat Hachaial, Tal-Aviv