Florida has a variety of restaurants that are all amazing, each serving different types of delicious food. When on vacation, destination restaurants are a key component to an amazing stay. Motekwhich means lovers in Hebrew, is a mediterranean restaurant which I always make sure to visit. The atmosphere, food, and location make this a destination I look forward to whenever I’m in the area.
Motek is a beautiful restaurant with a very lively decor, which makes it a wonderful place to dine. When I first saw the restaurant, my eyes were drawn to the colorful flowers surrounding the sign. There are options for indoor and outdoor seating, both of which have stylish atmospheres. My favorite element of this restaurant is the tree inside which is built into one of the tables. Motek has a very unique design, making the dining experience unforgettable.
There are so many different starters to choose from, all of which have exquisite flavor and vibrant colors. My favorite is the Hummus Tehina, which comes with warm homemade pita bread. As an alternative to the pita, they also have a vegetable platter, which comes with beautifully presented fresh produce. Additionally, Motek offers a variety of other options such as Eggplant Salad, Crispy Cauliflower, and more.
Considering I’ve tried almost everything on the menu, I can confirm that all of Motek’s starters are delicious. First of all they have amazing salads. My favorite is the crispy coleslaw, which includes shredded cabbage, toasted almonds and mint and is topped with a honey mint vinaigrette.
This salad is simple, but each component speaks for itself. The “crunch” in the name is no joke, because this salad is VERY crunchy, which makes it even more amazing! My second favorite is the Halloumi salad, which has arugula, halloumi cheese, tomato, mint and other ingredients tossed with lemon and olive oil. Their salads are great starters when sharing dishes and are a must when heading to Motek.
As much as I love their salads, the meat selection is the main attraction at Motek. All of their dishes are fresh and served to perfection. They have different meat starters including kebabs, burgers and sandwiches. For those who don’t eat meat, they also offer an amazing Impossible burger.
My favorite choice is the Steak Sandwich. Served on Jerusalem bread, this sandwich takes me straight to Israel. The sandwich includes ribeye steak, caramelized onions, tomato, cabbage, pickles, and garlic aioli. It’s a sandwich you’ll be dreaming about for days.
Another delicious option is the Crispy Chicken Schnitzel, served with hummus, mixed greens and pita on the side. It’s a great choice when you want a bit of everything! All starters, whether salads or meat dishes, will leave you wanting more.
No matter how full you are with the amazing appetizers and starters, you won’t want to miss Motek’s dessert. Motek’s dessert selection is as appetizing as it sounds.
Challah bread pudding is a must. This bread pudding is served in a pan and contains apricot, pine nuts and silan (date honey). The best part about this dish is that it is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, which melts into the bread pudding, making it even more delicious. They also offer an extremely authentic chocolate babka, which is a classic Israeli dessert.
Next time you’re in Florida, be sure to cross Motek off your restaurant list. You can thank me later!