Hands down the BEST falafel sandwich I have ever had the pleasure of eating! Let's start with the vessel...a puffy, carefully baked pita that feels light and airy, but is hearty and flavorful at the same time. Now, take that and fill it with perfectly seasoned and delicately fried falafel that is golden-brown, crisp on the outside, and filled with a moist, delicious chickpea center. Hold on...I'm not done. Top each spherical piece with salads and sauces of your choice and there it is...the most incredible falafel sandwich you will ever taste found at the one and only Dvora. Be'te-avon!
We were fortunate to have dinner there, which was cooked by owner and Chef Israel Shavit, who was as kind and hospitable as he was talented in the kitchen. With glass walls from the floor to the vaulted ceiling, we felt as though we were in an open tent as opposed to an enclosed dining room. Our order was taken by their son, Gefen, who was clearly cut from the same cloth as his parents as he made us feel right at home. The food was simply divine! From the freshly baked bread, to the salads, grilled and caramelized vegetables, stewed lamb, and rich desserts we were extremely impressed with the flavors, textures, and presentation of each and every dish.
These feelings continued the next morning when we were greeted by Sara and Israel along with a table filled with delectable dishes prepared just for us. A wide variety of salads covered our table along with freshly baked bread, delicious shakshouka, yogurt, granola, and homemade jam among other things.
In addition, Chef Israel is a chocolatier who creates his sweet treats in a wine cellar where you can also find local wine, olive oil, and honey. Overall, Shavit Guest House is truly a gem in Arbel!