What to order at Golda

Published on 3 June 2020

Photo: Image courtesy of Golda

Your inside word on the menu from chef Rotem Papo.

Golda, a new restaurant opened on Commercial Road, Prahran, aims to present a personal take on the food of Israel. “We want our set menu to showcase the variety there is to offer in a typical Israeli family dinner, to share between family and friends,” says restaurateur Adam Faigen. “Our food comes from our culture and our heritage. Rotem Papo, our chef, was born and raised in Israel and comes from a large family where food forms the centre of daily life. From a young age he was in the kitchen, learning from his mother and grandmothers’ style of cooking. His modern take on these dishes, in his eyes, is to keep their legacy alive and proud.”

Here are Rotem’s thoughts on how best to navigate the menu at Golda.

How about a drink?

We want to show our Israeli inspiration right across the restaurant, and that includes our cocktail list. Stephanie McCarthy, our restaurant manager, also tends bar and has put together our list, which includes a Pomelo Margarita, a Pomegranate Negroni, and a Coffee and Cardamom Martini.

I’m here for a good time, not a long time.

Honestly, we’re not that style of venue. A typical Israeli dinner will be a good couple of hours, eating, drinking and having a laugh around the table with family and friends.

Got anything light and fresh?

Freshness is what we’re all about. We like to dazzle our guests with flavour, surprising them  with every bite. Start your meal with our Salatim – a variety of different dips and salads, such as spicy Mizrachi zucchini with goat’s feta and mint, and our hummus and babaghanoush with za’atar.

I like tasty food but I don’t eat animals.

Israeli cuisine is all about the vegetables. Most of our menu as it is, is suitable with vegetarians and vegans alike. Any dishes that aren’t on our menu we will change and cater for every dietary requirement.

Name the dish that is quintessentially Golda.

The spiced cauliflower shawarma. It’s a whole cauliflower marinated with shawarma spices, roasted golden, and served with a creamy tahini and tangy sumac onions. This dish reminds me of everything I loved to eat in my childhood.

Let’s go big. Let’s go crazy. What have you got for me?

Come in and let us give you a big warm hug with our set menu.

And to close?

To finish the meal on a light and fresh note, we have our malabi, a classic Middle-Eastern cream pudding with citrus and cardamom honey and toasted coconut.

Golda, 162-164 Commercial Rd, Prahran, goldarestaurant.com.au, @goldarestaurant.