HaBasta in the Carmel Market, is my latest diamond in the rough…Just off the hustle and bustle of the main market and a few yards down a cobbled street sits this unobtrusive wine bar comprising of several simple tables and quirky chairs at the street front and, a small but cozy bar at the back interior. It has a super casual atmosphere (including the crockery and tea cloth napkins) with pleasant, helpful staff, a pleasing quietness (which is a wonder considering where it is situated) and is surrounded by little well established shops selling everything from buttons to carpets.
This unexpected place serves a surprisingly innovative menu created by well nourished chef Itay Hargil. I loved the delicious selection of the special lunch menu, more so for the use of unusual combinations and daily fresh ingredients.
I thoroughly enjoyed a meal beginning with warm fusion (east meets west) salads crusty breads including generous slathering of golden butter, followed by wonderful seasonal crispy fish and sumptuous seafood amongst leaves of fresh pasta.
It was not exactly inexpensive, but as nothing was left on any of the plates I would say it was worth the investment!
4 Hashomer Street.
Opening hours: 12.00 noon to 01:00am.