You might think that Mozart Café’s Chef Asher Goldstein’s favorite dish is influenced by his worldly experiences — perhaps his seven-month stint working in Johannesburg, or the years he spent learning about haute cuisine in France or Israel.
Maybe it’s the perennial popular choice of mushrooms on toast drizzled in truffle oil, considering the aroma of truffle oil wafts around until every last mushroom is devoured.
Or maybe a Romanian-influenced dish, one inspired by his earliest memories of when he was a tiny boy, cooking in Israel with his Romanian grandmother.
But you’d be wrong.
Asher Goldstein is a sweets man, through and through.
“I don’t need food. Take me to a chocolatier,” says Goldstein, who cooks a strictly kosher menu at his Boca Raton restaurant. “I’m a sweet guy. If you want to buy my heart, you can do it with chocolate.”
Good thing Mozart Café, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary October 10, also has it’s own chocolatier and pastry maker on premises. Moran Avni came over from Israel as well. He makes all kosher chocolate and desserts in-house, including a chocolate truffle that’s a play off a Ferrero Rocher confection.
Goldstein was born and raised in Israel and worked as a consultant in Israel, opening approximately 60 restaurants before moving to Boca from Aventura to open the restaurant.
“I am inside the kitchen since I knew I was a kid,” he says. “My grandmom was a chef — and most of my inspiration, I get from her.”
He worked throughout kitchens in hotels and high-end restaurants in Israel, South Africa and France and draws upon those influences at Mozart’s.
“Basically, what we try to build here is a menu that is the answer to the Jewish community: a touch from the Middle East cuisine and a little bit from the Italian kitchen and the French kitchen,” he says. “This is my specialty; this is what I know how to do.”
Mozart Café is fully kosher and does not serve meat or poultry. It does offer fish in a variety of preparations.
The eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sunday. It also provides catering and meals for the Jewish holidays.
HOLIDAY DISH: For Rosh Hashana, which begins on the night of Sept. 4, Mozart will offer a salmon special for $25, which includes a glass of house wine.
- Located at 7300 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton; 561-367-3412; MozartCafeBocaRaton.com
- Open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.