Like all the other assets which comprise chef Eyal Shani’s empire, Port Said has a groove and atmosphere that are hard to surpass. More and outdoors bar than a proper restaurant, the staff here is comprised of some of the coolest people of Tel Aviv. The music, accordingly, comes from Vinyl records only and the service can feel slightly inattentive at best. But this is also why so many people love this place, which since its opening in 2012 manages to stay packed every night – a fact that cannot be taken lightly in a frenetic city like Tel Aviv. The fact that food is really good probably helps as well. Shani is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the new Israeli cuisine, and his menus are always vegetable heavy, consisting of only local ingredients and served in a rather sloppy yet charming manner. Some of the best sellers / must try dishes are the Lima bean Mesabacha, the Ratatouille, The “intimate” beef cuts cooked for 7 hours, the chicken sandwich and the bread salad. When fresh seafood (Calamari or local shrimp) are in the house, don’t skip them, as well as the baby zucchini or the buttered spinach. The menu is very long and parts of it are always missing, but don’t worry – pretty much everything you can order here will bear the marks of one of Israel’s true culinary legends. Another thing that tends to be long here is the cue – they don’t take reservations here, and on busy night (Thursday especially) you might find yourself having to wait for a table for quite some time. If you are not up for it, try to come here off the peak hours, when also the service tends to be better. Eyal SHANI has got the award of the best entrepreneur and culinary trendsetter.