Pundak Deluxe, 7 Olei Zion Street, Jaffaby Sarit Goffen | 12.06.14
One should always keep one’s promises and so, I continue to roam the flea market. Actually, I hadn’t got very far in my travels – just after crossing Olei Tzion Street and passing the carpet man; I was struck by incredible BBQ smells. The place is called Pundak Deluxe (Deluxe Inn) – it’s a happy and intimate bar an grill house, old –school American BBQ with plenty of meat and not much trimmings- just up a carnivore’s ally.
The meat is locally chosen – spareribs, chuck, entrecote, boutique sausage and much more- all home-smoked and displayed on the bar’s front for easy choice. The process is based on the vast American BBQ tradition – a cooking method that is based on roasting and smoking the meat for a long period of time on a small fire- “Low and Slow”.
Deluxe Inn meats undergo several stages of marinating, wet or dry seasoning, a period of time in the smoker – specially imported to Israel with a variety of natural wood for hot and cold smoking and finally long grilling – all these traditional cooking method. Various meats, served with homemade sauces and displayed on metal trays as finger food or sandwiches, are also offered along with homemade smoked sausages, hot and crisp corn bread and various side dishes like salads, Mac and cheese, or classic coleslaw. A rich menu of local and imported boutique beers both bottled and on tap, and cocktails.
The Inn was founded by Adi Pasha and Oren Paniri, Raz Bracha and Uri Marmurstein. Marmurstein, and avid carnivore with a rich background in the restaurant business, fell in love with the charms of Williamsburg – an urban and trendy area of New York that feature many nostalgic grill houses. The young and bohemian population, the combination of old and new and culinary scene kicking led the team to choose Jaffa as the location to open the Deluxe Inn – vintage design, both rough and detailed combining elements of young local street art and its American counterpart.
We’ll see where next week will take me.