Last Updated: November 10, 2021
Judge of MasterChef Israel, Chef Eyal Shani, has expanded the reach of his Israeli fare in Singapore with the introduction of North Miznon. The electric combination of Tel Aviv’s energy with a daily rotating menu of Israeli cuisine conjures an encapsulating experience of down-to-earth liveliness. It’s a promising step in the right direction from Miznon and shows great potential in popularising Israeli cuisine in Singapore.
Diners can expect one key thing—range. From fresh, summery salads to decadent seafood dishes and savoury meats, it’s a promise that there is something for everyone—even the editorial intern here who has never ventured into the joys of Israeli cuisine but vowed to revisit even before leaving.
Every diner gets to start their feast with a serving of Fresh Focaccia on the house, though I’d happily accept this as a main dish any day. The unmistakeable freshness, coupled with the pillow-soft texture that’s non-negotiable in my books, promised (and delivered) a substantial mouthful. Studded with tomatoes, onions, and green chillies, every steaming hot bite brought on gastronomical fireworks, and even more so when juxtaposed with zhug, tomato salsa, and sour cream.
The carbs certainly keep on coming at North Miznon, though you won’t be hearing any complaints from me. The Burning Yellow Potato (S$21) is one hefty, savoury marvel. The Agria potato is baked until soft, and then topped generously with sour cream and overflows with a typical Israeli salad of onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley.
The light, summery flavours of the salad help to counter against the heavier combination of potato and sour cream, birthing forth a multi-dimensional bite that’s refreshing and indulgent all in one. This portion is undoubtedly massive, and I’d recommend that you share this with somebody and leave some space for everything else.
If creamy and indulgent is what you’re looking for, follow the Burning Yellow Potato with North Miznon’s Hummus with Prawns (S$36). Drenched in beurre noisette, the tangy richness of the hummus takes on a slight coffeelike complexity. This dish is an unorthodox pairing at its finest, but the prawn melted in my mouth with delicate freshness—consider me sold.
I used the focaccia to mop up the leftover hummus and beurre noisette, and I’d strongly encourage you to do the same. The nuttiness becomes more pronounced when paired with the savoury bread, and it gives you a second shot at feasting after you’ve polished off the prawns.
The seafood at North Miznon started off promisingly, though the Palamida Fillet Roasted on Plancha ($34) didn’t quite blow my mind the same way the Hummus with Prawns did. The familiar chopped salad made a reappearance along with creamy tahini, though I wonder if the bed of tomato sauce would’ve shone brighter without the salad to compete with.
Perhaps it’s to give the toppings their chance to shine, but I found the fish, simply put, not seasoned enough. You’d expect it to be a savoury bite of roasted, melt-in-your-mouth goodness, but it felt slightly anti-climactic, especially when everything else before it had shown up with a blazing trail of glory.
The one that deserves the ‘best for last’ award at North Miznon is Sirloin Roast Beef Carpaccio on the Rock (S$47). I’m all for intriguing ways to plate food, but this one absolutely rocked my socks off. Think paper-thin slices of sirloin in all their pink perfection, lightly seasoned, topped with mustard and tomato seeds.
It’s not exactly what I’d expect to pair with my Sirloin Roast Beef, but after the first tender, chewy bite, I was won over. It’s a lighter version of hearty steaks we all enjoy once in a while; although an acquired taste for some, it remains a win in my books.
We weren’t too big a fan of Miznon, but North Miznon was a well-taken shot at redemption. It’s a refreshing break from the usual fare in Singapore, and the dishes are created with such flair that it’s hard not to fall in love at first bite. Until the Vaccinated Travel Lane(s) include Israel in their roster, I think we’d all be pretty content with this.
Expected damage: S$21 – S$50 per pax.
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