by Yael Adar
After your visit to Old Gesher, you may be ready for a bite to eat. A few miles up the road, at the entrance to Kibbutz Ashdot Ya’acov Ichud, there is a nice un-assuming place called Tzel Tamar (which means shade of the palm).
The restaurant is located in a wooden building surrounded by a green lawn and is nestled among palm and banana trees. A number of visits to this informal restaurant have not disappointed. While it is not tiny, there is something cozy about the place.
Tzel Tamar specializes in meat courses. The menu includes lamb, beef, chicken and even ostrich. There is a wide variety of first courses, an assortment of salads (which are huge), and a few pasta dishes. The restaurant also offers a children’s menu.
Tzel Tamar operates as a restaurant and a pub (from about 10:30 PM). It also rents the premises for special events.
Note: On the weekends, you should plan to make a reservation.
Directions: Tzel Hatamar is located off Route #90 at the entrance to Kibbutz Ashdot Ya’acov Ichud (coming from Old Gesher, it will be on the right hand side of the road. Be on the lookout for the sign for Ashdot Ya’acov Ichud, on the left side of the road. After you make the right hand turn, look for the small parking lot, off to the right.
Hours of Operation: Sunday – Wednesday 12:00 PM – 1:30 AM. From 10:30 PM, it operates as a pub. On weekends, it is open until the wee hours.