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This elegant, warm restaurant occupies the upper part of a magnificent stone building. Chef Guy Gamzu never skims when it comes to his creations: each ingredient is in the right place, in the right amount, and perfectly cooked. The well designed menu is a true concentrate of the chef’s know-how and talent. Every dish beckons to us temptingly. His tender calf sweetbread is perfectly cooked and exquisitely flavored with three types of cabbage: an unctuous cauliflower cream, roasted broccoli and crispy fried kale. The scallops are firm with a lovely pearly sheen. This dish is extremely suave thanks to the almond cream and a delicious crab flavor which enhances the delicacy of the scallops. More rustic, the oxtail papardelle is distinguished by its simplicity: al dente pasta, and melt in your mouth preserved oxtail. The risotto with fresh, properly cooked cep mushrooms is incredibly creamy, perfectly balanced and impeccably seasoned. Before hitting the bar lounge below, don’t miss the desserts. Try the oriental style Semifreddo Bergamotto with a salted pistachio cream, loukoums, kadaif, caramelized pistachios, and candied rose petals. The many ingredients come together harmoniously, with their origin making sense of the combination.
Centrally located and easy to get to, Ca Phe Hanoi is an elegant, impressive looking establishment that makes a genuinely surprising visual impact.
The menu is varied with lots of attractive options and something for everyone while maintaining the authenticity of its Asian theme. The dishes are skillfully executed in keeping with the style: chicken nems that meet our expectations, a beef Ragout Bao with all the depth of flavor and tenderness that one hopes for from a long simmered meat dish, or Sichuan Nights with just the right dose of spiciness for a Sichuan dish, and a slight touch of Cambodian pepper for a twist on this Chinese recipe.
The setting is elegant and sophisticated without being overdone. Everything has been thoughtfully designed right down to the last detail. The pleasant atmosphere is perfect for a family dinner, work lunch, or dinner with friends, and appeals to a wide public. While it is clear that someone has paid a great deal of attention to the aesthetic, the food is equally up to the mark.
A narrow establishment with several levels, Cafe Europa, ideally situated on boulevard Rothschild, is still one of the trendiest Tel Aviv restaurants. The cuisine is inspired transforming simple fish tartar into a richly flavored, delicately presented colorful palette. It is successfully paired with a cauliflower cream, roasted asparagus and egg Mollet. The fish dishes are perfectly cooked balancing crispy skin with tender flesh; And don’t miss the simple and delicious Pita bread and mixed fish that we greedily inhale right from the first bite in part thanks to the incredibly accurate seasoning and nearly astringent Tsakiki sauce with fresh onions.
Much appreciated for its atmosphere, Café Europa combines an elegant, relaxed setting with excellent, fresh, quality food. Tel-Aviv vibe at its best.
Basta located in a small pedestrian street near Carmel market is an unpretentious place with a handwritten menu that changes with the seasons and market offerings. The wine list features very affordable Bourgogne wines. We had a tasty well preserved and properly opened red Meursault 2015 with our meal. Fresh vegetables of the day filled our plates including a perfectly seasoned kholrabi with goat cheese and hazelnut, a slightly spicy Eggplant and Marboukha, served with a refreshing tart tomato compote, and onions and lemon confit to go with the lovely calamari à la plancha. The apple and almond tart is dense and on the fruity side with a crisp base. Basta is a very good, small market restaurant with a few original dishes and ingredients combining fresh daily products and expertly selected spices. The lunch menu is an especially good deal.
Award 2020 for the best wine menu and wine service
To grasp just how much Tel Aviv has embraced vegetarian and vegan cuisine, you should take a look at this restaurant which serves all day-long, and which in the evening celebrates alcohol and good food. Of course it is a hipster hangout, but one that offers excellent vegan food including a great selection of pasta, delicious Asian salads, and classics made from cereal grains and mushrooms. The desserts are no less important here and we still remember the taste of the heavenly chocolate mousse, served in a small glass, which is alternately delicately bitter and subtly sweet. A la Rampa is in the middle of the industrial area in Southern Tel Aviv, which allows it to stay open and party to the early morning hours without bothering anyone.
In the southern part of Tel Aviv, near Lewinsky Food Market, Dalida offers a simple, attractive Middle Eastern inspired setting in keeping with the theme of the restaurant. The waiters are very helpful, preventing us from over-ordering or choosing haphazardly. The menu proposes three sizes of dishes: small, medium or large, depending on how hungry you are or if you are a large group interested in sharing dishes. The raw zucchini salad with artichokes and yellow tomato confit is very refreshing and creamy thanks to the charred red pepper sauce and labane. The flavors are distinctive, without being overwhelming. The Arab cabbage with champagne, calamari, bacon, champagne mousse and Jerusalem artichokes is very creative: the textures are interesting and the tastes are distinctive, with each ingredient retaining its own singular flavor, while the overall effect is harmonious. The ravioli stuffed with chicken wings, onion confit and dill are cooked al dente, as they should be, and covered in a sauce made from chicken broth, buffalo milk yogurt, goat cheese, pistachio and watercress. The Egyptian dessert, Umm Ali, is a combination of a very tasty Malabi and an incredibly moist vegan cake made from semolina. The combination is unexpected but very successful. This is a perfect place to have a drink and a few sharing dishes with friends or enjoy a full dinner and the very pleasant musical atmosphere.
David and Yossef seem to have settled down. The vibe is less hectic, the menu has changed little, and the service is still flawless thanks to their smiling, efficient team. L'oeuf parfait is still perfect, the dishes are presented creatively without being excessively showy (an enormous sea bass served on wrinkled paper), and the fish and meat are cooked exactly as they should be, without neglecting the vegetables. We especially liked the still crunchy asparagus served on a creamy artichoke sauce, or artichokes with spinach on a subtle garlic sauce. The desserts are genuinely creative such as a trompe l'oeil of stones hiding a chocolate mousse or the semi-freddo crème brulée with lemon grass. The taste lives up to the appealing visuals. They are never too sweet, with the perfect balance of crispiness and creaminess.
Brut is located on the charming, busy street Nahalat Binyamin, right near boulevard Rothschild. The wine menu is impressive including a few very rare wines and small unknown local vineyards along with some very great wines. The menu is perpetually renewed with many daily specials inspired from local market products. The tuna tartar is interesting: it is served on a bed of charred cabbage which goes astonishingly well with the very fresh fish, sprinkled with black sesame for a delicate hazelnut flavor. The barracuda à la plancha is perfectly cooked: the fish is firm, pearly, tasty and enhanced by a bed of braised red onions which, in addition to their strong flavor, provide a sweet, tangy note. The Turkish Layley, a dessert with oriental flavors, is a semolina cake with pistachios, dried figs, and creamy, very fresh mascarpone for a more western texture. The dishes are attractively presented without being overdone; no aesthetics for the sake of looks. Here the goal is to make the dish appetizing, and they definitely succeed in doing just that.
If you want to talk about legends in Tel Aviv, this is the place. Located just outside the Carmel market, this place was one of the first in Tel Aviv to open 24/7. Although lots of things have changed in the city since then, Ha Minzar is still one of the most successful gastro-pubs around. While one comes here primarily for a drink, the food is always a great addition: chopped liver, the homemade sausage or the nice pork pita are just the thing after a long evening of drinking in the old Tel Aviv scene. If you have just one day to visit the place, it should be Friday at noon- take a Seat outside and enjoy the magical hours just before the weekend.
7 years after opening, PORT SAÏD is always full, night after night. After eight, it can be hard to find a table right away so be ready to sip a first drink on the side or seated on the steps in front as the restaurant does not take reservations. Whoever said that there is no recipe for success ? Eyal Shani seems to have found one. His concept ? Products, mainly vegetables, served up as simply as possible such as the nearly charred tender eggplant, large crunchy green beans with garlic and lemon, baked regular and sweet potatoes served with crème fraiche, oriental-style ratatouille (served with tehina, a hard boiled egg and pimento). Everything is perfectly fresh and distinctively flavored. Here creativity is anything but performance driven. Instead its all about simplicity and proper execution. The menu includes classic dishes such as bread salad, minute steak, or chicken sandwich as well as less immediately popular dishes such as frikeh, lima bean masabaha , or cabbage cake. And everything is delicious.
Try this place for both the cuisine and the atmosphere.
With its outdoor bodega vibe, located on a lovely terrace sheltered by trees, Vicky Cristina is at once a wine bar and tapas. For a dish to nibble while sipping a glass of wine have the traditional pan con tomate served with pimientos del pedron, which can’t be found in markets, or patatas bravas. There is also a wide choice of more filling dishes including many plancha offerings such as Pescado, with its deliciously crispy skin and tender flesh, the pleasantly lemony Chipirones, or try paella with squid ink, generously garnished with seafood. And finish with a very delicious Ensalada verde with roasted camembert and a crunchy perfectly seasoned mix of salad, red endive and radishes. Those with a sweet tooth will end with old-fashioned churros, or a creamy vanilla ice cream with a very sweet hazelnut sauce with caramelized cashew nuts. It is very sweet and very comforting. We applaud the service which was perfect that evening.
This restaurant is located in the Sarona neighborhood in a cellar which formerly housed secret army bases. Magnificent illuminated glass cases line entire sections of the walls displaying hundreds of precious bottles of whisky from all over the world. The resulting lighting is soft and inviting. The beef carpaccio is a good option to start out the dinner lightly. It is very simple but has a nice crunch from the crushed pistachios, and is served with creamy aioli. Continue with the melt-in-your-mouth artichoke gnocchi served with asparagus are al dente and mushrooms that bring additional texture and character to this comforting dish. The salmon filet is tender, served with charred eggplant and roasted zucchini along with a delicious beet and cashew nut cream that adds a mild touch to this colorful dish. Whisky Bar is definitely worth a visit for whisky lovers or simply those eager to discover a unique place; the menu is limited with lots of French bistro inspired dishes (a plate of charcuterie, liver pate, crispy chicken) that feature whisky as an ingredient such as the aioli and the barbecue sauce, along with very popular local ingredients (sweet potatoes, beets, eggplant, pistachios..).
Indoors the vibe is hectic, outdoors is much calmer. So choose which noise level you are more comfortable with. The setting reminds us of a New York bar. The fairly classic, eclectic menu includes a nice selection of cocktails and a number of trendy dishes with a Middle Eastern touch such as tortellini with Zaatar butter, fish tartar on a creamy labneh or the perfectly cooked beef rib seasoned with zhug. The cheese cake leaves us unsurprised and the ice cream is served still in its styrofoam container. This is a very informal place where you come for the vibe and the guarantee of having something to eat with your cocktails.
Maayan Habeera (the Springtime of Beer), is an oddity among Israeli restaurants in that it has more than held its ground for over fifty years, without reinventing itself much, while becoming more and more popular. The common tables are full on a Friday afternoon, both in the two comfortable inside areas and on the terrace. The secret of their popularity: authentic remarkably executed Eastern European cuisine. Classics such as chopped liver with onions are served very simply without any effort in terms of presentation, but this doesn’t matter at all when you taste the dish. Order the potato dumplings, and you will be overjoyed with the perfectly sized Pierogis covered in a mountain of golden onions, which you won’t find anywhere else. And don’t miss the Romanian kebab, and the star of the restaurant: smoked meats such as Costita and Ossobucu which arrive fragrant and delicious, served with minced garlic. You will be filled with sweet rapture.
You come to Herzl 16 first of all for the atmosphere. Attracting tourists from all over the world, it is just the right place to be if you are looking for the festive vibe so typical of Tel Aviv. The service is very professional and efficient. You can have a quick lunch or come for a drink in the evening along with Asian food, such as the melt in your mouth lamb-stuffed ban, delicately flavored with coriander, or the pork ribs with curry and honey. And why not finish the meal with the distinctively flavored miso chocolate mousse. If you prefer the bar to the restaurant, go for the finger food. Here you will find only happy people, and as the evening goes on, you just might be tempted to dance….
Talbiye is a small rather dark but cozy restaurant with an entire wall covered in shelves of bottles. While it is known as a wine bar with an impressive wine menu including an excellent selection of wines from all over the world, it is closer to a French bistro. The restaurant menu is well thought out, and not simply an excuse for the wine. It is also different from what you usually find in Jerusalem, with the focus clearly on European inspired dishes. Here you will find oysters, or liver chopped with onion jam, calamars with zaatar and labaneh, the only concession to local influences, a gourmet club sandwich with corned beef and bacon, a black lentil risotto, a solid beef bourguignon or a precious tournedos Rossini. The dishes are carefully presented, and the ingredients are excellent quality. Don’t miss out on the superb provençal style fish filet with ravioli, featuring a wonderful blend of textures with tender fish and al dente ravioli swimming in a creamy tomato sauce the tartness of which is balanced by lovely rosemary olive oil. And in keeping with the bistro vibe, try the very well done cheesecake, which is neither too sweet nor too tart, attractively presented in a small jar.
This place has a very pleasant white terrace off boulevard Rothschild, and it is a soothing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Tel-Aviv. The dining room gets busier as the evening goes on, with a dynamic bartender busy making cocktails. Here there are two vibes but the service is always efficient, discreet and attentive. The menu covers the Mediterranean basin region with dishes like Pan Con Tomate from Spain, duck confit from France, pasta and gnocchi from Italy, or Tzatziki from Greece to Middle Eastern charred eggplant with tehina. If you are lucky enough to see it on the menu, try the Fish Shawarma, the seafood version of a very classic Middle Eastern street food: you can’t help but salivate at the sight of the magnificent platter that allows you to make your own tasty mouthfuls: tear off a piece of hot laffa, cover it with a few bits of parsley, sautéed spicy onions, cubes of grilled still tender fish, and then cover it in three sauces, roll your bread around this pile of delicacies and happily taste it. For dessert, if you love chocolate, don’t miss Coco Art, a very good, not especially refined looking hold-all dish with subtly flavored creamy hazelnut ice cream, mousse, sable, and a delicious chocolate flavor. This dessert has a wonderful range of contrasting textures and temperatures.
In a slightly run-down building in a street that is deserted in the evening, Beit Romano has managed to create a hub with a young, relaxed vibe and a deliberately “shabby chic” style. The menu includes a selection of sharing dishes which whenever possible are served on paper. Choices include the not to be missed invention of Chef Eyal Shani, the legendary roasted cauliflower, which looks easy to make but which requires real skill to achieve perfection, pasta with black pepper that does not aggress your palate, an ambitious shawarma fish and to finish a chocolate mousse served on gold cardboard. Beit Romano is a unique, informal place and an original way to get to know the Chef’s cuisine. It is a first stop in one of his many restaurants.
The proximity to the beach, the young, trendy vibe, the loud music, and cocktail menu makes this place feel more like a bar than a restaurant. It is an inviting place to relax after work with a menu featuring classical dishes such as roasted artichokes and beets with parmesan polenta, fried cauliflower, and a perfectly cut, multiple textured distinctly flavored tataki of tuna with tomato confit and pecans. The ideal spot for a lively evening with friends.
Grinberg is the most popular bistro in northern Tel-Aviv, not far from Baroch beach. You won't find any fireworks coming out of the kitchen here or original creations. However, you can count on proven values including a beef tenderloin salad, seafood linguini, or delicious corned beef, a classic from the deli menu. A hybrid between a bar, bistro and an American delicatessen, Grinberg very successfully juggles between these three concepts
This is the younger sister of the veteran "Thai House" restaurant that has been the home of Thai cuisine in Israel. The dishes cover the gamut from land and sea and although the prices are a little bit high for the relatively small portions, it's probably the only bar in Israel where you can get very good modern and classic Thai cuisine. Although the food and the cocktails are the main focus here, something in this colonial decorated place gives you a different kind of experience from the far east. Whether you are a veggie or a carnivore the range of options adds up to a tasty meal full of spices served in a very cool Tel Aviv bar.
Award 2020 for the best gastronomic bar
The BUSHWICK motto is « coffee till cocktail »; which couldn’t be clearer. You can come here at any time to have a coffee, enjoy a dessert, nibble on a sandwich, a burger or pasta, or sip one of their astonishing, delicious cocktails such as the “Here Comes the Tiger”, with a Mezcal base or the less risky Virgin Mary in the Mocktail category. Bushwick has somewhat of a soothing lounge vibe with a corner reserved for reading including a few books on a shelf. This is a nice calm spot in the clothing district which is very lively all day long.
It’s a bit of an adventure to find your way to Gatsby, which has no visible sign outside. But then this establishment is carrying on the tradition of the American speakeasy, drawing you back to the days of Prohibition and the delicious excitement of transgression. The friendly, polite waiters here clearly know their stuff and are genuinely skilled mixologists. The cocktails, served in magnificent glasses, are exquisitely prepared from the glass right down to the ice cubes, which contribute to the spectacular visual effect, and best of all, the contents. The intelligent mixes are made with well thought out, original excellent quality combinations of ingredients including herbs, spices, exotic fruit, and rare spirits for an exceptional tasting experience. The food, not the main focus here, features tapas-like main dishes and a few salads the purpose of which are to fill you up enough to continue to enjoy the delightful cocktails made with very high quality spirits.
The recently opened CafePopular is a wonderful surprise headed by Chef Avi Biton, who has already created several other establishments.The menu which incarnates the Israeli nouvelle cuisine inspired from the Meditteranean basin includes a number of inventive dishes such as Foie gras Baklava, Shrimp Ma’akoud, or Filfel Chuma Shrimp. Seasoned just right with local spices and condiments such as tahina, matbuha, preserved lemon or zaatar, the dishes are perfectly cooked and thoughtfully presented. Add to this the very professional service and you understand why it is important to reserve well ahead of time if you want a table.
Bar 51 is located in a boutique hotel, where it also serves as the breakfast room in the morning. In the evening, it is transformed into a dark bar with no tables,excellent music and a strange nearly shady atmosphere. While you come here to eat, you also have the additional impression of slipping into a very carefully designed décor. The attentive staff offers good advice on wine and the waiters are ultra-skilled. The menu focuses on fish, while the chef adds his personal touch to very familiar dishes such as the very good sea fish sashimi orKrudo fish. The kohlrabi goes well with Persian lemon, and the zucchini papardelle are very sophisticated thanks to the thin, transparent ribbons of zucchini instead of pasta prepared with a bit of crab meat and a butter lemon sauce. More exciting is the Spinach asado of which the meat is the object of lots of TLC. One of the best dishes in our meal, it is very accurately prepared in spite of its seeming simplicity. To finish we had the Bruschetta Beef tartar made with the same care as in the Chef’s other restaurant, Mona, in Jerusalem. His Tel Aviv version is also excellent. If you are a chocolate lover, try ending the meal with the simple, comforting chocolate cream. Bar 51 is the most exciting place to open in Tel Aviv in 2019. And while you may be expecting a strictly fish restaurant, the meat dishes are a pleasant surprise that showcase the talented Chef.
Yudale is the place to go if you are looking for a joyful, slightly wild place to eat or drink. Like its older brother, Machane Yehuda, Yudale varies its menu in keeping with what’s available on the market, and you can be sure that you will only eat super-fresh products here. Everything happens around the bar where the cooks are busy creating the dishes that will delight you as you watch. The atmosphere is a joyous hubbub of noise and flames that create a real show. Often presented as a tapas bar, Yudale does indeed serve small portions which seem to be proportional to the size of the kitchen. However, they also have more sophisticated, very original dishes such as the grilled calamari with garlic and lubia which has a fantastic texture; it’s served with a creamy okra bamia sauce, refreshing green onions and crispy grilled garlic. The wolfish sashimi, served on a thick yellow gazpacho, is covered with a patch of green. It is extremely fresh and perfectly seasoned. The fish brochette is on a Kurdish pita with a mix of charred peppers, covered with yogurt and sumac. It’s both spicy and delicate, with each mouthful blending all the flavors for a very harmonious taste. People come here to soak up the market atmosphere, appreciate the beautiful oriental music, and above all, to revel in the exceptional dishes prepared as you watch.
Award 2020 for the best atmosphere