Tel Aviv Restaurants
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.
7 Zvulun Street |
(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.
39 Ha-Kovshim |
(03) 525 2527 |
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.
3 Beit Eshel, Jaffa |
03 682 2842 |
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.
15 Achad Ha am St |
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 |
Good Quality Restaurants
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.
1 Via XII Gennaio |
091 601 4544 |
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 |
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.
36 Montefiore |
03 564 6100 |