Some say that the world economic situation is already out-and-out catastrophic; others say that we haven't even begun to see the worst. Reflecting on restaurants, some are predicting doomsday and others are saying that it will be so bad that the four horsemen of the apocalypse will appear charming in retrospect. Whatever….Sylvester, the celebration of the onset of the New Year comes but once a year, comes but once a year and perhaps that's as good a time to go to hell on roller skates as any. And what better way to go to hell than with a Sylvester meal at Tel Aviv's Moul Yam, certainly one of the very best restaurants in the country since it opened 14 years ago.
The meal, which will be of seven courses followed by three desserts will contain, among other things Perigord truffles, wild game hens from Burgundy, langoustines from La Manche, girolle mushrooms, and kobe veal from Japan. Fabulous ingredients, and the meal will be held on two occasions: New Year's Eve (Wednesday, 31 December) and New Year's Day (Thursday 1 January).
As to price – NIS 800 per person (about US$200) that including mineral water and coffee but not including cocktails, wine or service. My guess is that the restaurant will be packed, this proving that at least a certain percentage of the population isn't all that worried about the availability of cash. Places are limited and reservations must be made in advance. For further information or to make reservations phone 03 5469920 or send an email to email@example.com
As to wines, I do not have the precise menu but would suggest considering accompanying the entire meal with Krug Champagne. If that is not appealing, start off with the Krug, make our way to a red from the Hospice de Beaune, then onto the Chateau Petrus and closing of course with a fine Sauternes (may I be bold enough to suggest the 2001 of Chateau d'Yquem?)
In all seriousness, I cannot help but think that chef Yoram Nitzan and his staff are going to do an absolutely splendid job and that regardless of price, this will be a great and memorable meal.