Uri Buri is an immaculate example of what a seafood restaurant should be. It’s not fancy and it’s not over-the-top – but its comfortable, homey, real and, above all else, offers superb cooking. The founder and proprietor, Uri Jeremias, is a simple fisherman, or at least that’s what it appears to be. But, he’s so much more than that. He is a genius – turning everything he touches into gold, including the nearby Efendi Boutique Hotel. Come see what all the fuss is about here – I promise it’s worth it.
Sitting in the restaurant, you can’t help but relax. The white linens are draped over the tables casually, seats are filled with patrons conversing, the kitchen is buzzing and the waitstaff are whirling about delivering incredible feasts from the sea.
It’s difficult to describe why this restaurant is so noteworthy, but it all boils down to simplicity. As you order from the menu, or allow Uri himself to saunter over to your table and suggest something – you can’t lose. Uri Buri cooks everything from scratch. It has its own fish storage room with the day’s fresh catch, they make their own ice cream every morning, herbs are grown nearby and each dish takes roughly 10-minutes to prepare. And, with each bite, you can taste the love.
You might start with a salad of Israeli greens and pomegranate seeds, moving on to grilled calamari drizzled with lemon.
Innovative dishes with caviar, scallops and root vegetables surprise the palate.
Over at the open kitchen you can see the chefs working tirelessly to churn-out something special. Each cut of fish is perfect and plucked right from the sea hours before. When the Mediterranean is two yards away, why wouldn’t it be.
I recommend allowing the chefs to take you on their own culinary journey, relinquishing control to their whim. You won’t regret it.
Finish your meal with a cup of hot tea of fresh mint and a scoop of the day’s homemade ice cream, and you’ve got yourself one of the most perfect meals of your life.