According to the vegan community in Israel, the country has the highest ratio of vegans per capita in the western world. Having being given that fact, it comes as no surprise that Tel Aviv has become quite the vegan’s paradise over that past few years. However, restaurants like “Bana” are still quite unique, as the kitchen here chooses not to use any of the common substitutes for meat or dairy products. Tofu, Seitan, Tempeh or soy cheese – all are missing from the menu here, which focuses instead on the plethora of great fruits and vegetables Israel has to offer. Roast mushrooms wrapped in crispy potatoes with hot pepper cream, A warm salad of roast potato and zucchini or the house’s take on a “Sloppy Joe” (which here consists of cooked lima beans and some burnt beetroot on a spelt bun) – these are just a few of the dishes here that are 100% vegan yet will probably satisfy even the most avid carnivores. Even the desert menu here, a part which is never simple without dairy, manages to be innovative yet approachable. Unlike many other vegan oriented places, Bana is a proper restaurant by all means – the service is very attentive and professional and you’ll find an extensive wine list along some interesting cocktails. This, of course comes at a price, and Bana is by no means a cheap experience, especially not for dinner. But if you are looking for a proper place to spend a proper evening without hurting even the tiniest of living creatures, this is probably your best pick in the city.