there are many factors which need to be considered when rating or reviewing a Chefs restaurant such as Mashya.
Starting with expectations- yes this may be rated one of the best restaurants in TLV, but one must go with the proper expectations as to not raise hope to a type of cuisine which may not even be relevant to the restaurant type.
Mashya presents a modern spin on midlle eastern and Moroccan food- otherwise know as some of the best street/low cost food in Israel.
Sure you can get an excellent Shwarma or bowl of Kuskus for a fifth of the price, but Mashya isn't here to serve you what you can score easily. it is here to give you a gentle dining experience without distracting from the original flavors of those traditional dishes and spices.
And it does that perfectly!
lets start with the service which was absolutely wonderful, we went for the business lunch which is always slightly toned down atmosphere and yet requires a bit of rushed service for those who need to return to the office.
Service was friendly, open and our waiter Matan ( if you are reading this you did an excellent job) insisted we order specific dishes. boy am I glad he was persistent with us or otherwise we would have not ventured to taste so many interesting unplanned dishes!
food itself is beautifully presented like a work of art, but art must also taste good- and here is the good part about Mashya , everything we had was completely consumed down to the last bit of green herbs on the plate!
nothing was less than perfect for each designated dish- and what do I mean by this? do not expect mind blowing tantalizing taste buds exploding in your mouth, but rather a well-refined, almost gentle yet perfect flavors from and extremely high quality dish.
And this is what makes this place so great - everything from the materials, to how its presented is like a work of art which brings out the best of each flavor, but subtly and gently so you don't feel too overwhelmed.
This whole dining experience blends in with the modern yet very inviting design and interior of the restaurant.
expensive? no more than others!
on a budget- def check out the lunch menu!
Mind-blowing? no come with the proper expectations and have a wonderful time!
The best in TLV? that differs but def in the top 10 taking in all parameters to consider.