Food! I love it and so do Israelis. Tel Aviv has any and every cuisine you could want, including quite unique fusions and greasy-spoons. If you haven’t check out my two posts on what to see and do in the city here and here, but for now let’s get delicious!
First up is my recommendation for if you’re in Jaffa around the port area. The Old Man and the Sea is an excellent spot to chat and dine. To start they give the table a dozen odd salads. You get all kind of meze dishes from pickled carrots with raisins to tabbouleh. You can either just eat the salads with fresh pitta, falafel and lemonade or you can then pay extra for a fish/meat dish. I got the salmon which was really tasty but honestly I had already filled up on the salads haha. After the meal you get a tea or coffee and some sweet treats. I suppose this is a kind of set menu but with a never-ending supply of ‘tapas style’ salads. It’s great for sharing and hanging out outside with friends/family.
Next up is Pasta Basta. There are a few locations across the country but perfect for a healthy treat. You pick your pasta, sauce and toppings – very much how you want it. Below you can see the balerina pasta with rosa sauce and broccoli, sweet potato and goats cheese. Next to it is the radiatore pasta with ali olio sauce and mushrooms, peppers and onion. The space is very industrial and easy-going with people working on their laptops and others having lunch-meetings. Price is affordable and well-worth a visit if you want something filling and tasty!
If you want something more spicy whilst downing a margarita, check out Mexicana. We went for their lunch special where you get a main dish and appetiser for a pretty great rate. I went for the tacos and some papas. Of course it has nothing on Mexico but the flavours are definitely there and it was a great level of spicy. The restaurant is right in the hustle bustle of Tel Aviv and surrounded by some great boutiques and shops.
Now for something fusion/Israeli! You have to check out Ha’Achim aka The Brothers. Make a reservation as this place gets busy fast! It is Israeli cuisine with a modern twist. First up we went on Valentine’s Day and a couple behind us got engaged so the meal was just destined for greatness from the get-go. Second, the ambience and look of the place was really lovely with fairy lights and a warehouse/loft chic interior design. Third the food, holy goodness. It was so delicious and we went on the recommendation of our waiter who was super friendly and flirty. I got a cocktail with gin and mint and cucumber and it was perfection, I could’ve easily drank five more. For appetisers there are a bunch of mini-tapas creations to choose from. We opted for the broccoli smothered in tahini and the roasted aubergine. Main course I went for the Israeli burger cooked medium and yum yum yum. I’ve been told the menu changes often depending on what fresh ingredients they can get/add variety but honestly I think whatever you order you’ll be impressed.
I am now salivating and going to head to the fridge for a snack. What places in Tel Aviv would you recommend? Thai House is meant to be really great, as is HaPizza and of course any falafel joint haha. If you don’t leave Israel at least a few pounds heavier, you didn’t do Israel right!