Flooka – all the good you can get in a restaurant
A few months ago, in the winter of 2019, the dream of Chef Saeed Shami became a reality and his chef restaurant – Flooka – opened in the Old City of Akko. After almost 20 years in the industry, the time had come for Saeed to open up a place of his own. And it seems that this was the right time for him to do so. Over the years, he has traveled the world and worked in kitchens in countries in Africa, Europe and even as a chef on a ship. Shami brings all the aromas, flavors and experiences that he has amassed to Flooka’s kitchen. And every night at the restaurant, you will surely be surprised.
At Flooka Restaurant, every night you can end up with a different plate of food. “Whatever the fisherman brings me, I cook,” says Shami. It might sound to you like a restaurant in a deserted fishermen’s village in Greece, but it’s not. It’s completely real and is right here on the ancient streets of Akko. Shami only uses the freshest raw ingredients, vegetables and fruit handpicked directly from the market along with herbs from the garden next door to the restaurant. “When I run out of raw materials, I close the restaurant,” he says.
For many years, Saeed Shami worked as a culinary teacher at the ORT Educational Network, where he was highly esteemed and was presented the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Network’s management. During his teaching career, he worked with at-risk youth. By instilling in them a love of cooking, he helped dozens of teens abandon their pattern of wandering the streets and find employment and a new direction in life. A large percentage of Flooka’s employees are graduates of the culinary school where he taught.
When Shami is asked what has influenced his cooking style the most, he explains: “I have traveled a lot around the world, and from each place I took something with me. I particularly enjoyed meeting people, and each one taught me something about his national dish. The combination of all this has given me a lot of knowledge.” At Flooka, you can taste Shami’s unique style; however, to be more specific, the dishes have a Mediterranean character. A lot of fresh fish, straight from the fisherman’s boat, seafood, and meat.
The name Flooka refers to a type of ancient fisherman’s boat, but it is also the fisherman’s net used to catch calamari and fish from the sea. The restaurant is designed in an ancient style to resemble the fishermen’s villages of the Mediterranean region. Although the menu changes almost daily and there is no set menu, many customers return to Flooka because of a dish they tasted before. Shami makes sure to meet his customers’ wishes and is always ready to answer their special requests.
What dishes should you try at Flooka? Shami’s flagship dishes are his octopus, sea bream with cheese and red mullet fillet. Also available are original dishes such as fish with wood sorrel (the leaves we used to pick and suck when we were kids), as well as fish Makluba (a fish dish with rice and vegetables). There are also vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as different types of soups or pumpkin stuffed with pasta and sundried tomatoes. The venue can host private events of up to 50 people.
address: 14 Salah a Din Street, Akko
Restaurant Turkiz-arce – you've come to the right place
Tourists who come to visit the city of Acre come across all kinds and types of restaurants, offering special, local and delicious dishes. But if you are looking to discover fine dining at a unique restaurant in the traditional restaurant landscape in Acre – Turkiz-arce ,the place for people who are looking for mysterious, quiet corners, and no crowds – you've come to the right place.
The 49-year-old former event photographer, Samir, opened the restaurant a few months ago, after many years of cooking for his relatives and friends, and received enthusiastic compliments and responses that led him to decide to open his own place, the Turkiz-arce restaurant in Acre. "I had a small kitchen where all my friends would come and ask me to cook until they were no longer eating at home," Samir tells us with a smile.
‘’My cooking style is very varied and influenced by, among other things, my father, who owned a steak house in town. In my restaurant I like to cook meat and fish, but you can also find breakfasts and pizzas alongside the Mediterranean dishes. Also, the distinctive feature of my restaurant is that the Turkiz-arce restaurant has a Tabun, and the few restaurants that serve dishes that brew on the Tabun’’. What it means? That the smells and flavors that come out of the Tabun reach the end of the street, and it's worth ordering one of these dishes:
Winning dish – "Masachan" – a baked pita Taboon with onions and chicken. Lick your fingers.
Tabun fish – is a special dish, where the fish is placed on a net and enters the Tabun, seasoned with spices and the special sauce. The Tabun actually dissipates the heat better and the result is different aromas and flavors than traditional cooking. The dish is served in a fish-shaped dish, and served spectacularly and uniquely.
Meat with vegetables in Tabun – the dish is wrapped in foil and goes into baking inside the Tabun, where the aromas and flavors are cooked until the meat comes out soft and tasty .
Along with the original Tabun dishes you can also find dishes such as: stuffed neck, stuffed shoulder, stuffed mushrooms and a variety of salads that are cut instead of the first courses. "Everything is fresh and cooked on the spot," Samir clarifies.
Two hundred meters from the coastline and the port of Acre, you will discover the Turkiz-arce Restaurant, a unique restaurant that invites you to discover the Design and Beauty of the place, which was named Turkiz- Greenish Blue, due to the combination of royal colors in the restaurant space. The restaurant is run as a family business where Samir's family is actively involved. The restaurant's name was also chosen by Samir's daughter, who was looking for a simple and tasteful name that would reflect the family business.
After a pleasant afternoon stroll in the harbor you are more then welcome to choose meal or dish such as delicious breakfasts served on site -cooked with great talent and love by Samir.
Restaurant Address: Old Acre, Julius Caesar, Acre
Opening Hours: Sunday to Tuesday 10am to 11pm. Monday is closed.