Has anyone else noticed how even the best restaurants in Israel get away with serving really awful, substandard desserts? I was in Coffee Bar tonight, and after enjoying an excellent meal, ordered brandied prunes in vanilla ice cream - a no-brainer, you would think. I took one bite and sent it back, as they used the cheapest "vanilla" ice cream money can buy - you know, the kind that comes in the colorful plastic container at the supermarket, and tastes of nothing more than a kind of chemical sweetness. It reminded me of a similar experience I'd had at Kyoto, where they had the nerve to describe it on the menu as white chocolate ice cream. When I indignantly explained that not only was it not white chocolate ice cream, but the cheapest super market vanilla money could buy, the waiter sheepishly conceded that I was right.
Obviously, the restaurants do this because they think they can get away with it. After a large meal with too much wine, most people don't notice the difference, or don't have the energy to complain if they do. I would urge all readers not to accept this common rip-off, and let the restaurant know that you're on to them.