The Sharonim Mall in Hod Hasharon is becoming a suburban hot spot for dining and leisure, and one of the up-and-coming players is the popular restaurant Asia Monica. It’s the brainchild of chef Gabriel Zach, who came up with the concept of one eatery serving the biggest hits of both Eastern and Western cuisine – not as fusion but from two parallel menus.
In addition to this unique culinary approach, Asia Monica has launched Thursday night jam sessions: live music, featuring a female vocalist accompanied by a guitarist and a drummer. The folk/jazz music is scheduled to kick off around 8 p.m. On the night I visited, the restaurant was lively and full by the time the band started to play.
The menu is dual not only when it comes to food – half Asian, half American – but in its format as well. You can peruse a printed menu or click through a colorful electronic one on a restaurant iPad in Hebrew and English.