ALENA is a brasserie affiliated with the very comfortable, recently re-launched hotel NORMAN, which has clearly maintained its very high standards. It offers efficient, unobtrusive service, a refined setting with a 1920s atmosphere, a superb, elegant terrace, an excellent wine menu featuring wines from all over the world, and a bar which seems able to provide whatever cocktail you happen to be hankering for. The Chef reinterprets the classics of Israeli cuisine, giving them his own highly personal touch: the grilled cauliflower is a “cauliflower steak”, with a smooth touch thanks to its zucchini cream, while the fish sashimi classics are very original such as the tasty mix of mackerel and kiwi, the tartness of which provides excellent balance. On a more traditional note, the whole grilled bream is served simply with fennel. It’s flavorful and perfectly executed. A more sophisticated, unexpected combination, the spaghettini with grouper is very good: an excellent fish combined with a lovely mix of vegetables. Finally, Nemesis, a very chocolatey dessert, is served with a touch of Port which gives it an interesting flavor. This is a far cry from the exciting, hectic, noisy atmosphere of trendy Tel-Aviv spots. Alena is a calm, refined, comfortable place to enjoy a meal, where everything is harmonious including the décor, the atmosphere, the drinks, and of course the cuisine, which is delicate, carefully thought out, and properly executed to highlight the ingredients.