Modena artichoke salad | By Yafo Restaurant
We are excited to share with you a cooking session with our special guest – Shani Ahiel, owner and co-founder of the beloved Yafo restaurant in Berlin-Mitte! The recipe for the Modena artichoke salad, originally developed by the restaurant’s chef, is now available for you to try yourself. Enjoy!
Modena artichoke salad | by Yafo restaurant
- 1 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
- 1/4 onion
- 8 oregano leafs thinly chopped
- 1/2 chili thinly chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 100 gr spicy Labneh see below
- 1/4 red onion sliced into rings
- 1/2 young zucchini thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 12 oregano leafs
- 1/2 cup arugula roughly chopped
- A handful of grated parmesan
- chilli thinly sliced according to taste
- Stir salt into the yoghurt. Line a wire mesh strainer with either cloth (at least two layers) or paper towels.
- Place over a bowl, spoon into the strainer, cover loosely and let cool overnight (about 8 hours).
- Once ready, the bowl will contain much of the Whey, which should be discarded.
- Once the Labane is ready, mix it with the spices and set aside.
- Mix all salad ingredients in a deep bowl, add squeezed lime, olive oil and continue mixing.
- Mix all salat ingredients.
- On a clean plate spread the Labane in a circular motion as a base.
- Place the mixed salad on top, top grated parmesan cheese and garnish with a few oregano leaves.
- There you have it – an artichoke salad by Yafo restaurant – enjoy!
One of the key ingredients of this life-changing dish is Labneh – a thick yoghurt-based cheese which is very tasty and easy to prepare. In order to make the Labneh start by stirring salt into the yoghurt. Line a wire mesh strainer with either cloth (at least two layers) or paper towels. Place over a bowl, spoon into the strainer, cover loosely and let cool overnight (about 8 hours). Once ready, the bowl will contain much of the Whey, which should be discarded. Once the Labane is ready, mix it with the spices and set aside. Mix all salad ingredients in a deep bowl, add squeezed lime, olive oil and continue mixing.
On a clean plate spread the Labane in a circular motion as a base. Place the mixed salad on top, top grated parmesan cheese and garnish with a few oregano leaves. There you have it – an artichoke salad by Yafo restaurant – enjoy!
ABOUT OUR GUEST
It is hard to stay unmoved while talking to Shani Ahiel, the co-founder of Berlin’s Yafo and Shishi restaurants. With a big smile and a positive approach, it is clear to see why both restaurants are so successful and attract so much attention.
Shani, 32, grew up in Even Yehuda, a small village near Tel-Aviv, Israel. After moving to Tel-Aviv, a city known for its vivid food culture, she started working in the gastronomy field. Gaining years of experience in top restaurants, like the legendary Nanuchka, shaped her motivation and passion for the industry. ‘For four years I worked closely with Nana (founder of Nanuchka) who has a very strong and fearless personality’…’and I believe working alongside her gave me a lot of courage to do it myself’.
A few years ago Shani moved to Berlin and decided to open a restaurant with two other partners. ‘When I first moved to Berlin I felt there was something missing in the local hospitality scene’ she recalls. ‘wherever I went I felt a certain inconvenience… everything was too functional… a restaurant is a restaurant, a bar is a bar and a club is a club’. Therefore Shani cam up with the idea to create a place that combines it all – “organised chaos” as she calls it. Starting Yafo – and later on Shisi – was a pure manifestation of this brilliant idea. These are places where you can come for tea during the day, dinner in the evening, or a cocktail and dancing at night.
The future is bright for Shani. She plans to focus on ‘connecting what I do to female empowerment’. ‘I feel committed to promoting the idea of having more women at the top level of the hospitality business’…’most restaurants are owned by men and this needs to change’. Regarding future plans for her business, they are still being ‘cooked’ as Shani says and promises more exciting things to come. We can’t wait.