Marinado – a great meat bistro just below the Golan Heights
Many foreigners don’t really like the idea of eating at gas stations. It reminds the of the horrible truck stops (in the past) thruout the USA. Some of the better restaurants in Israel are at gas stations (it’s a tax thing) – like Marinado – at a gas station just outside Kibbutz Ein Gev on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Marinado is both a cattle and sheep farm, a butcher shop and a great meat restaurant. Their cattle are free-roaming and live on the pastures of the western Golan cliffs.
The service is excellent, the menu offers something for every palate, the food is very tasty and served with chic and the prices more than fair. They also have a children’s menu.
My favourite dishes there are a Porterhouse or a mixed grill plate with Marinado-salad, starting with a grilled eggplant in Tahini sauce. The mixed grill consists of 5 different grilled meat – Sinta steak, lamb chops, a Chorisso sausage, a lamb kebab and chicken breast – altogether quite a bit over a pound of meat per person. All meats are served with a choice Chimichuri sauce (Argentinian herb sauce) or butter/pepper sauce.
Sad to say they do not have a nice bed to lie down on after such a big meal.
Wine is usually local from the Golan Heights or the Galilee mountains and they sure don’t charge restaurant prices. The offer many beers and especially the two local brewery brands.
As they are also a meat boutique shop their “supermarket” offers a large variety of their different meats and other food, cooking utensils, herbs and liquor.
They have a second restaurant – strictly Kosher – across the road and inside the kibbutz called Marinado in the Port located on the dock of their fishing port – very romantic. (Closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays). See the last photo.
Here are some pictures:-