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Modern Israeli Cuisine


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Modern Israeli Cuisine


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Shaya is an innovative restaurant with a warm and welcoming approach to the dining culture inspired by Chef Alon Shaya's Israeli upbringing.  Chef Alon sees modern Israeli food as a grand mosaic, drawing influence from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The food of Alon’s heritage represents a country rich in diversity of cuisine and culture, inspired by years of tradition while also looking to its contemporary future. The menu at Shaya reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food, while celebrating the abundance of Louisiana, and Alon’s close relationships with local farmers, fostered by his ongoing work with the Crescent City Farmer’s Market. In keeping with the the ethos of all of the Besh restaurants, Shaya uses seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients.

Similar to Alon’s other establishments in New Orleans, the wood-fire oven is central to both the menu and the dining experience, starting with the incredible homemade, wood-fired pita. To create the menu, Alon looked to his past (many recipes are those that he cooked with his grandmother), and his recent travels; in 2014, he spent time in Israel immersing himself in the vibrant culture and cuisine of his homeland. Many of the dishes on the diverse menu are meant to be shared.

 
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Years of Tradition


The food represents a country rich in diversity of cuisine and culture inspired by a tradition that is paving its way into the future. Shaya reflects on the ongoing evolution of Israeli food, while celebrating the abundance of Louisiana.

 

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Years of Tradition


The food represents a country rich in diversity of cuisine and culture inspired by a tradition that is paving its way into the future. Shaya reflects on the ongoing evolution of Israeli food, while celebrating the abundance of Louisiana.

 

“Shaya is an interpretation of the food that I grew up cooking and eating with my grandmother, but what I hope to bring to the menu is my approach to modern Israeli cuisine, marrying local New Orleans ingredients with the indigenous flavors of Israel.” - chef alon shaya

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