Just like the lively quarter in Buenos Aires for which it is named, La Boca Latin Restaurant is tucked away out of sight. Both would be easy to miss. And missing either would be a shame.
La Boca is the only South American restaurant in Jerusalem. Not Mexican – although offerings include chicken enchiladas and tortilla with red tuna ceviche. Not Argentinian – although La Boca grills a mean steak. Imagine a far more sophisticated mixture of flavors spanning the southern continent, some specially imported, all kosher l'mehadrin, adapt them to the Israeli palate - and that will be La Boca.
28-year-old chef and owner Guy Kimhi returned from his trip to South America newly armed with a suitcase full of recipes, a head full of ideas and a determination to do something special. After gaining experience at two top Israeli restaurants, he opened La Boca two years ago.
La Boca is located on the second floor of a restored Templar building, so keep a sharp eye out for the hostess, who waits at street level to escort diners up the narrow stone stairway into the warm and welcoming dining room. With its classic furnishings, upholstered chairs and subtle but sufficient lighting, the ambience is calmly elegant. Sitting on the glass-enclosed terrace, listening to soft Spanish music, diners float above trendy Emek Refaim - part of the action, but a world apart. Considerately, enough room has been left between the dark wood tables to make your dinner conversation your own.
La Boca highlights a wine each month – we had the Tishbi Estate Merlot – but just about everything, from beers and single malt to margaritas, is available on the extensive alcohol list. La Boca also offers a business lunch from 11:30 to 17:00 and caters events for up to 140 diners. The menu changes every few months, with the seasons. But the emphasis remains on eclectic quality, varied tastes and colors, as well as homemade ingredients – from the salsas to the sorbets.
La Boca is an international night out at reasonable Israeli prices. Perfect for hosting guests from abroad or an evening with someone as special as this restaurant.
Appetizers NIS 28-49; Entrees NIS 53-126; Desserts NIS 29-39; Business Lunch NIS 49-69