Tel Aviv Restaurants
This basic looking caff on the edge of Carmel Market has been rated one of the world's top 101 restaurants by Yotam Ottolenghi. Not quite as "simple and utilitarian" as he describes it, the emphasis is on super fresh seasonal fare and the menu includes delectable raw fish tapas and white pizza with black truffles. Open from late morning till the early hours, Sunday to Friday.
4 HaShomer Street, Carmel Market |
03 516 9234 |
At last the trendy Brown Hotel has a restaurant - and fittingly for one so close to Carmel food market, it's a farm to table effort in the Californian style. Chef Yuval Fachler is fond of raw ingredients, and given Tel Avivers' penchant for sushi, it's not surprising a signature dish is salmon sashimi with grapefruit, avocado and pistachios, while smoked trout is garnished with artichoke, parmesan and quail egg. Expect beautiful plating and a cool vibe to dine by, with a sea breeze to match.
Brown Hotel, 25 Kalisher Street |
(0)3 717 0200 |
Thanks to an Israeli alumnus of Nobu, Yoram Perez, and Michelin-starred chef Chris Golding, the stylish Nikkei cuisine which has swept the world has landed in Jaffa. Expect typical Japanese-influenced Peruvian fare like salmon tiradito - ceviche-style flavouring applied to sashimi-style slicing - and less typical dishes like beef tartare with miso and truffle. Dinner only, Monday-Saturday.
6 Tankhum Street |
(03) 573 4404 |
Given the popularity of sushi in Tel Aviv, yakitori was bound to follow. Chef Tevet Saul grills a wide variety of fish, meat and vegetables on his barbecue in a new restaurant on the site of the Stefan Braun eatery. A huge vinyl disc mounted on the wall to advertise specials are a nod to the place's rock music history.
97 Allenby Street |
(03) 560 4725 |
This buzzy new tapas bar is a welcome new addition to the supper offerings in the old Jaffa railway station, now a shopping and dining complex. As well as that Tel Aviv favourite, pizza bianco (here served with artichokes), specialities include drum fish in celery cream and raw tuna, both as tartare and sashimi. Expect to wash them down with cocktails rather than the traditional sherry.
(03) 558 9855 |
Good Quality Restaurants
Named for its address, this is a classy restaurant inside the Dan Hotel which aims to show that kosher food can be truly gourmet. So expect beef tartare, but plenty of raw fishy stuff, too - yellowtail sashimi meeting the Middle East with a garnish of grilled aubergine, and red tuna tartare decorated with pickled cucumber. Cooked dishes include veal sweetbreads with olive crumbs, and vegetarians are catered for with asparagus, poached egg and remoulade. Naturally, there's traditional chicken soup too.
Dan Hotel, 99 Hayarkon Street |
(03) 520 2525 |
With its fabulous seafood, dazzling array of mezze and salads, and California-seaside feel, this restaurant right on the beach really comes into its own when the sunshine returns to Tel Aviv. Try the seafood casserole or consider starting the day here with a super-fresh Israeli breakfast.
Alma Beach |
03 517 4773 |
Fine Dining Restaurants
This richly-decorated room is a great place to cosy up in during winter. The Mediterranean menu is heavy on olive oil (a little bottle of which comes to the table), sweet tomatoes grown in the desert and the full gamut of Mediterranean flavours. Raphael even comes with its own nightcap, the buzzy late-night bar on the same premises.
87 Hayarkon Street |
03 522 6464 |