A few days ago a neighbor gave me a call:
"I'm going stir-crazy. Do you want to get out?"
"Me, always. Where are we going?"
That's how we ended up having lunch in the Ariel branch of JAPANIKA
We left home without much of a plan and drove to the nearest city, Ariel, which is only about fifteen 15 minutes away by car.
|My main course, chicken, vegetables and |
At the entrance of Ariel, from the direction of Highway 60, the Ariel University is on the right and a shopping center on the left. This time we decided to enter the shopping center from Moriah Street just before the shopping center and not from the lower parking area. It was a good idea, since there were plenty of empty spaces; something never found on the bottom.
Feeling rather adventurous, we stayed away from the big dairy restaurant chain --aren't they all pretty much the same?
-- and we decided to try out JAPANIKA.
Neither of us had been there before.
We definitely were lucky, because they have a lunch special which includes a cold drink, first course and main course. There are different main courses according to which price you pay. My friend chose the least expensive, NS55, and her main course was sushi, which she really enjoyed.
|Salad, my first course, excellent|
I "splurged" paying NS59 and had a fantastic filling chicken dish as my main course.
Now, in all honesty, a simple tuna salad in most of the dairy chains would have cost us more and have been less satisfying.
We were both very happy with our food choices. Service was pleasant, and the entire atmosphere in the restaurant was perfect. I must admit that I had been a bit nervous about going, since a few weeks before I had gone to a different Japanese-style restaurant with a different friend and a short while after eating began suffering from an awful aftertaste
. But, thank Gd, JAPANIKA's food was better, no aftertaste at all.
JAPANIKA is open Sunday-Thursday 12 noon to midnight, Fridays 12 noon until two hours before Shabbat. Then it opens an hour after Shabbat ends until midnight.
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