Charlie was born in Israel to a Syrian father and a Yemenite mother (both Jewish), and Tessa was born into a Jewish French-Moroccan home in Los Angeles. The menu they’ve created is Kosher-style, meaning many of the dishes are rooted in traditional Jewish cuisine. The breadth of options actually go beyond Israeli food itself, incorporating Israel’s cultural influences from other neighboring Mediterranean countries that were also a part of their upbringing, like Yemen, Morocco and Lebanon.
“In Israel, I encountered many places where there was great food, but only specific dishes were standouts. When creating Motek, my wife Tessa and I wanted to create a space where every single item on the menu was delicious for everyone, under one roof,” says Charlie Levy.
They’ve focused on using the freshest ingredients, with everything from breads to sauces made from scratch in-house on a daily basis to ensure the highest quality. And what they’ve accomplished is the type of local spot where there’s something for everyone and you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. In fact, Motek is known for having one of the best burgers in Miami (which probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear “Mediterranean”).
Here’s a look at five great things to order at Motek – but you’re going to want to keep coming back for more.