As an Israeli chef deeply rooted in my country’s vibrant culinary landscape, I find immense joy in celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. This is a time of reflection, renewal, and of course, feasting! This year, I’m particularly excited about the special Rosh Hashanah menu we’re offering at my restaurant, Kapara, in London’s Soho. In this blog post, I want to share my personal perspective on this meaningful celebration, the significance of Rosh Hashanah, and how Kapara is weaving tradition into a modern and inclusive dining experience.
Rosh Hashanah, which translates to “Head of the Year,” is a significant holiday in the Jewish calendar. It marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and is a time for introspection, self-improvement, and setting intentions for the year ahead. For many, it’s a time to come together with family and friends, to pray, to seek forgiveness, and to celebrate the blessings of life.
As an Israeli, I’ve always appreciated the unique blend of tradition and modernity that defines our culture. This duality is beautifully reflected in the way we celebrate Rosh Hashanah. While we honor centuries-old customs, we also embrace contemporary interpretations and flavors that make this holiday truly special.
Kapara, my restaurant in the heart of London’s Soho, is a reflection of my culinary philosophy. It’s a place where tradition meets innovation, where local ingredients take center stage, and where diversity is celebrated. This year, we’re thrilled to present a special Rosh Hashanah menu that embodies these principles.
Our Rosh Hashanah menu is a culinary journey through the traditions and flavors of Israel. We’ve taken classic dishes and given them a modern twist, creating a dining experience that’s as unique as it is delicious. From the first bite to the last, each dish is designed to evoke memories of family gatherings and the warmth of home.
I encourage you to explore our full menu, but let me share a glimpse of some of the highlights:
Ancient Pomegranate Tabbouleh
Freekah, herbs, flake almonds (Vg)
Figgy Festive Delight
Beef & Lamb stuffed Turkish figs, pomegranate lamb jus, yoghurt stone dust
Boozy Babka Bliss