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Fittingly for a restaurant at the funky Florentin neighbourhood, Dalida made its name on opening with a Happy Hour on food, with many dishes discounted by 50 per cent from 6-8pm Sunday through Thursday. Think Eastern Mediterranean tapas, some substantial, like the noted spicy feta brulee. The restaurant also prides itself on affordable wines,  beers and cocktails, which latter are subject to their own late night Happy Hour. Best of all, the restaurant manages to be both hip and friendly.

Address: 7 Zvulun Street | Telephone: (03) 536 9627 |

An influx of Ethiopian immigrants is adding one more layer to Tel Aviv's already super-cosmopolitan food scene.   All the traditional favourites are served here, down to the edible bread tablecloths. Vegetable platters are recommended, and also the beef stew, but be sure to state ahead if you can't handle spicy - a tamer version is also available.

Address: 39 Ha-Kovshim | Telephone: (03) 525 2527 |

Dr Shakshuka
This North African dish of eggs lightly baked in a spicy tomato sauce is now a European favourite, but this is the place which first fed the craze for Israel's favourite brunch dish. Open six days a week till midnight, it's the perfect first stop to fuel up before hitting Jaffa's lively bars.

Address: 3 Beit Eshel, Jaffa | Telephone: 03 682 2842 |

Affordable Restaurants

This Turkish restaurant, so styled as a nod to the Ottoman history of the surrounding area, really comes into its own on a Friday afternoon, when young Israelis cram into Jaffa to shop the flea market and toast the weekend.   While the menu may nominally be Turkish, the Israeli passion for raw fish is brilliantly indulged; drum fish sashimi and fish carpaccio are both exceptional.   Fried cauliflower and other dishes cater for any vegans in the crowd, but shawarma and other gutsy meat dishes will please carnivores.

Address: 3 Rabbi Hanina Street, Jaffa | Telephone: (03) 6486060 |

This collaboration between the former sous chef at Mul Yam and wine importer Uri Caftori has proved a popular addition to the city's fine dining scene. Open Monday to Saturday for dinner only, the restaurant serves a changing five-course tasting menu as well as a la carte European fusion cuisine and rare wines, all at surprisingly affordable prices for a restaurant of such class.

Address: 15 Achad Ha am St | Telephone: 039030677 |

Good Quality Restaurants

West Side, Royal Beach Hotel
Hotel dining may seem an odd suggestion in a town so rich in free-standing restaurants, but the West Side is a great showcase for kosher food, which Israel's large hotels are obliged by law to provide.   And given that the chef here also feeds the national football team, you know portions are going to be hearty.  Excellent roast veal is among the meaty options, but modern Israeli is well represented in dishes like a highly original fish and cucumber tartare.   The airy room faces the sea and can be accessed from the promenade during opening hours; an excellent breakfast buffet can be booked in advance by outside diners as well as dinner.

Address: 19 Hayarkon Street | Telephone: (03) 740 5054 |

Norman Hotel Restaurant
The main restaurant of Tel Aviv's most stylish art deco hotel offers European-influenced cuisine in an elegant ground-floor room, with terrace dining possible in warm weather.   Executive chef Barack Aharoni surprises with Israeli home cooking favourites like goose confit, and don't be surprised to be offered bread and butter pudding for dessert.  A great place to explore the more eclectic of Israel's fine wines.

Address: 1 Via XII Gennaio | Telephone: 091 601 4544 |

Fine Dining Restaurants

Almost opposite the Stock Market, the Montefiore is the restaurant which made the urban dining scene fashionable, and continues to delight with Mediterranean but often Asian-influenced cuisine. A long, deep bar is the perfect place to watch the action, and a boon for single diners. Not so Asian, but highly innovative, is a dish of duck prosciutto with fig and fresh almonds; check out the truffle and goat cheese ravioli too. Reservations essential.

Address: 36 Montefiore | Telephone: 03 564 6100 |

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