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Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 13 Apr 2009)

by Daniel Rogov » Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:46 pm

As in the case of Curnonsky, I bemoan only that I have only one mouth and twenty-four hours to give to my profession, so if readers find restaurants that I have forgotten to include or have changed dramatically since my last visit please let me know. The same if any know of restaurants that have closed or of new restaurants worthy of visiting, don't hesitate to let me know. All input will be appreciated.

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All of the restaurants listed in this mini-guide, regardless of price, are recommended

Price categories (including a reasonably priced bottle of wine)
Reasonable: up to 350 per couple
Moderate: NIS 350-500 per couple
Expensive: More than NIS 500 per couple

Rating System
***** Outstanding by international standards
****Truly excellent
***Very good, sometimes excellent
**Consistently good
*Simple but reliable and good

Restaurants noted with the symbol "W" have an exceptionally fine wine list.





Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Nearby Suburbs

Far Eastern


Giraffe Noodle Bar 48 Ibn Gvirol St. (03) 691-6294. Daily 12:00–01:00. Justifiably popular noodles bar. Stir fried chicken and cucumber on noodles, sashimi noodles. Fun dining. Reasonable. **

GooCha: 14 Ibn Grivol St. (03) 691-1603. Daily 12:00-01:00. A modern, super-popular, somewhat westernized version of Asian street food. Fine crab bisque; Thai tom yam soup; mixed seafood with garlic, butter and parsley sauce; and spicy Canceres sausages. Relaxed and fun. Moderate. **

Japanika 128 Dizengoff St. (03) 529-1014. Sun-Thurs 12:00-01:00, Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat 18:00-01:00. A tiny but attractive hat-box of a place offering good sushi and sashimi. Worth visiting. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Kai 4 Barzel St., Ramat HaChayal. (03) 644-6485. Sun-Thurs 12:00-16:00, 19:00-01:00; Friday afternoon; Saturday from19:00. Sushi on moveable belts in a mass-market but pleasant setting. Standard but good sushi at reasonable prices. Best for lunch. **

Kyoto Salsa 31 Montefiore St. (03) 566-1234. Daily 12:30-01:00. Hyper-stylish, featuring something vaguely defined as Japanese-Latino cuisine. Fun dining despite that bit of silliness. Tortillas with chicken breast and chili-caramel sauce, shrimps in coconut milk with rum and ginger, gnocchi with shitake mushrooms. Moderate-Expensive. **

Miyako 10 Betzalel St., Ramat Gan. (03) 612-8687. Daily 12:00-24:00. Japanese dining in an appealing setting. Large variety of traditional and original sushi and sashimi, very good ramen soup with shrimps, tempting tepanyaki dishes. Moderate. ***

Moon 58 Bograshov St. (03) 629-1155. Daily 19:00-24:00. Mostly for the sushi that appears on an endless belt. Moderate-Expensive. **

Onami 18 Ha’arba’a. (03) 562-1172. Sun-Thurs 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-01:30, Fri and Sat 13:00-01:30. Intimate and appealing, with creative Japanese modern and traditional dishes. Exquisite sushi, sashimi, yakitori and noodle offerings, yaki udon (wheat noodles with mussels and Chinese cabbage). Moderate-Expensive. ***

The Red Chinese 326 Dizengoff St. (03) 546-6347. Daily 13:00-23:30. Long established and somewhat Westernized. Very good Peking duck, pleasant wonton soup, spare ribs, lemon chicken, and Szechuan fish. Moderate. **

Sakura 79 King George St. (03) 621-2900. Daily 12:00-01:00. Japanese food, true to its roots in an appealing setting. Excellent miso soup, sushi and sashimi; steamed gyozo dumplings filled with beef, chicken or vegetables; tempting tempura shrimps. An appropriate wine list and good selection of Japanese beers. Prices are moderate. ***

The Sushi Bar Hilton Hotel. (03) 520-2222. Daily 18:00–23:00. Good sushi and sashimi in a sophisticated setting. Moderate. Kosher. **

Sushi Bar 20 Ashtori Haparchi St. (03) 546-0575. Sun-Thurs 12:00-24:00, Fri and Sat from 17:00– 24:00. Reasonable sushi and sashimi. Best deals are the fixed priced meals. Moderate. *

Sushido 15 Rothschild Blvd. (03) 517-7794. Daily 11:00-03:00. Stylish and fun. Sushi and sashimi with happy variations in the “crazy sushi” and “spider sushi”. Shrimp and vegetable tempura dishes in a modern, yuppie oriented Japanese eatery. Moderate – Expensive. **

Sushi Samba 27 HaBarzel St, Ramat HaChayal, Sat-Weds 19:00-24:00 and Thurs-Fri until 24:30. (03) 644-4345. Large and glitzy, as much a social scene as a restaurant. Delightful sashimi seviche of sea bass, crab and shrimp cakes, glazed marrow bones, rock shrimps, sushi rolls, skewered salmon with miso and beef skewers with aji peppers. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Tandoori 2 Zamenhoff St. (03) 629-6605. Daily 12:30-15:30 and 19:00-01:00. Indian cuisine in an appealing setting. Mulligatawny soup, lamb chops in green masala sauce, lamb and shrimp curries. Moderate. *

Thai House 8 Bograshov St. (03) 517-8568. Daily 12:00-23:00. Simple setting with good dumplings filled with chicken and vegetables, shrimps with mushrooms and chili peppers, stir-fried vegetables. Reasonable. **

Yakimono 19 Rothschild Blvd. (03) 517-5171. Daily 12:30-24:00. Elegant modern Japanese cuisine. Inventive sushi, some with far from traditional sauces, excellent soups, tepanyaki dishes. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Zepra: 96 Igal Alon St. (03) 624-0044. Daily 19:00-02:00. Modern Asian dining in a spectacular and attractive setting. Everything worth trying but among my own favorites, Conforti's sashmi chops, the som tam Thai salad, calamari salad with fried onions and chili peppers, the Mongolian lamb and the tempura dishes with Japanese mayonnaise. Great fun. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Fish and Seafood


Barbounia 163 Ben Yehuda St. (03) 524-0961. Sat-Thurs 12:00-24:00, Fri 12:00-18:00. A popular fixed-price fish and seafood restaurant. Good meze, fresh grilled or fried fish, shrimps in garlic, butter and lemon sauce. Reasonable. *

Benny HaDayag Tel Aviv Port, (03) 544-0518. Daily 12:30-00:30. Informal tavernna-style dining. Sit indoors or at water’s edge, start off with the extensive meze and then to baked or grilled fish, calamari or jumbo shrimps in wine, butter and garlic sauce. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Boya Tel Aviv Port. (03)544-6166. Daily 12:00-24:00. Attractive modern design and a view of the sea. Seviche of fresh anchovies or eggplant with yoghurt and tarragon, trio of devil fish, grouper and meagre in bouillabaisse-like stock or seafood in white wine and garlic sauce. Moderate. **

Deca 10 HaTa'asia St. (03) 562-9900. Sun-Thurs 19:00-24:00, Sat from close of Shabbat. On a run-down street but once inside an appealingly modern setting. Bean soup with tortellini pasta, seviche of amberjack fish, grilled fish with humous beans or on a bed of parpadelle. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. ***

Foreline 10 Frishman St. (03) 522-2664. Daily12:00-23:00. Attractive and reliable. Good antipasti, gravlax, moules mariniere, trout and other fish stuffed with spinach or a variety of sauces, duet of dourade and sea bream in Bechamel sauce. Moderate. **

Manta Ray: Alma Beach (near the Dolphinarium). (03) 517-4773. Daily 09:00-24:00. Relaxed atmosphere with a splendid view of the sea. Excellent mezes to start and then seafood soup, crabs vinaigrette, grilled drumfish with lemon and sage. Moderate. ***

Moul Yam Tel Aviv Port. (03) 546-9920. Daily 12:00-16:00 and 19:30-23:00. Combining French classicism, American modernism and Mediterranean charm, unquestionably the best restaurant in the country. Oysters, shrimps with mussel flavored butter, any dish with langoustines, coquilles St Jacques or lobsters. Superb wine list, excellent service. Expensive. "W" *****

Shtsupak 256 Ben Yehuda St. Mon-Sat 12:00-24:00. (03) 544-1973. Fixed price fish and seafood meals in a super-simple, super-popular setting. Tabouleh, fried eggplant, ikra, and then shrimps or calamari in oil-butter-garlic sauce, fried or grilled fish. Stay with beer. Reasonable. *

Margaret Tayar 8 Retsif Aliya Hashniya, Jaffa. (03) 682-4741. Mon-Thurs 13:00-17:00 and 19:00- 23:00, Sat 13:00-19:00. Simple but ultimately “in” eatery where the fish couscous, stuffed sardines, and fish dishes are worth trying. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Shaked 90 Hashmona'eem St. (03) 561-0546. Daily 12:00-24:00. Old-fashioned enough to be thought of homey, with good starting mezes and on to crisp calamari, shrimps in butter and garlic and a very good selection of fish carpaccio. Reasonable-Moderate. **


French

Adora 226 Ben Yehuda St.Mon-Sat 12:00-1700 and 19:00-01:00. Tel 03 6050896. A modern French bistro of great charm. As first courses seviche of croaker fish, falafel of wild mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and herbs. Among best main courses, pork fillet with pistachio nuts, leeks and bacon and salmon in filo pastry with a Champagne and Dijon mustard sauce. Moderate. ***

Brasserie 70 Ibn Gvirol St. (03) 696-7111. Open 24 hours daily. True to the French brasserie in design. Not all dishes succeed but as first courses consider the country style pate, crab filled raviolis and skewered shrimps. Among best main courses, coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon and steak au poivre. Moderate-Expensive. **

Bruno Azrieli Shopping Ctr. Tel (03) 609-3131. Sun–Thurs 12:00-24:00, Friday 10:00-14:00. Attractive Mediterranean offerings. Grouper carpaccio or fresh anchovies as openers and, then fettuccini with tomato and eggplant sauce or baked sea bass with tomato-vinaigrette.Also good steaks. Moderate. Kosher. ***

Café Noir 43 Ahad Ha'Am St. (03) 566-3018. Daily 08:00-02:00. French- Mediterranean dining in an attractive setting. Start with the creamy red pepper soup or the liver pate and go on to the salad with shrimps and calamari or the good veal schnitzels. Service is sometimes brusque. Moderate. **

Carmella ba Nachala 46 HaTavor St.. (03) 516-1417.Sun-Fri 09:00-23:00, Sat 13:00-23:00. French-Mediterranean cuisine in a charming setting. Roasted pear with blue cheese, shrimp seviche, baby calamaris with thyme and citrus and then potato gnocchi with porcini sauce, bass in oregano-tomato sauce, grilled lamb skewers. Moderate-Expensive. "W" ****

Catit 4 Hichal HaTalmud St. (near the corner of Yehuda HaLevi St). (03) 510-7001. Daily 12:00-15:00 and 19:00-23:00. Fine dining with a fine chef in an intimate and attractive setting. Salad of Spanish mackerel with Swiss Chard and yuzu cream; grilled calamaris stuffed with veal and burghul and served with baby mozzarella; veal sweetbreads with a mushroom and thyme ragout. For dessert kadaif pastries with vanilla pastry cream. Excellent and exciting in every way. Expensive. *****

Chez Romy, 10 Herzl St.. (03) 517-5474. Daily 08:00-02:00. A 1960's style Parisian neighborhood bistro. As starters traditional onion soup or chicken liver pate, as main courses the even more traditional steak-frites or the sea bream fillets with butter and almond sauce. For dessert try the Ile Flottante. Moderate. **

Chloelys 16 Abba Hillel, Ramat Gan. (03) 575-9060 Daily 12:00-24:00: One of the best and most beautiful restaurants in the country. Best first courses include red tuna tartare, seared tuna with wassabi, and duck liver on brioche. Excellent main courses include mousseline of coquilles St Jacques with langoustines and risotto with lobster. Excellent service. Moderate–Expensive. "W" *****

Coffee Bar 13 Yad Harutzim St. (03) 688-9696. Sun-Fri 09:00-02:00, Sat from 12:00. A justifiably popular, lively and sophisticated Brasserie. Vegetable antipasto, boeuf Bourguignon, hamburgers in red wine sauce. Good desserts and good wine list. Moderate. ***

Cordelia Simtat HaZcuchit (near the corner of Yeffet 30), Jaffa. (03) 518-4668. Mon-Sat 19:00-24:00. Creative cuisine in a very appealing setting. Shrimps in porcini mushroom sauce, raviolis in tomato and olive oil, zucchini with minced lamb, calamari on goat’s milk yoghurt. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Dallal 10 Shabazi St., Neve Tzedek. (03) 510-9292. Daily 12:00-23:00. A Mediterranean haven set in a beautifully renovated building. As first courses, tartare of amberjack, carpaccio of pickled sirloin and as main courses the trio of Dallal burgers (one classic, one with mozzarella cheese and one with pastrami), and any of the fish fillets, each with an appropriate sauce. Good desserts. Moderate. ***

Druckers 17 Montifiore St. (03) 566-3535. Daily 12:00-24:30. A true Bistro. Escargots a la Bourguignon, duck liver pate, fried calamari rings with rouille, Viennese veal schnitzels. Moderate. **

Herbert Samuel In Beit Gibor, 6 Koifman St. (03) 516-6516. Daily 12:30-16:00 and 19:00-24:00. Stylish, laid back and relaxed. You may love or hate the design but the food is by any standard "terrific". Pickled jalapeno peppers, fine Jerusalem artichoke soup with chestnuts, octopus salad, onion raviolis, veal tongue with fennel salad, crab risotto. Better for dinner than for lunch. Moderate-Expensive. "W" ****

Hudson 27 HaBarzel St., Ramat HaChayal. (03) 644-4733. Daily 12:00-24:00. Attractive, sophisticated atmosphere in an American-style brasserie. As openers, tartare of tuna, shrimp cakes, chicken liver pate; among best main courses fine sirloin steak and ribs. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Kimmel 6 HaShachar St. (03) 510-5204. Daily 12:00-24:00. Appealing ambiance, good service and distinctly Mediterranean flavors. Liver pate with Calvados, raviolis with goat’s cheese, veal Marsala, Italian style choucroute garni, chocolate cake with Grand Marnier. Moderate. ***

The King Solomon Hilton Hotel. (03) 520-2023. Sun-Thurs 19:00-23:00. Formal, imaginative dining. Veal carpaccio with avocado and tomato guacamole, quail breast with shallot confit, red snapper fillets with couscous and a garlic-saffron aioli sauce. Expensive. Kosher. **

Lilith 4 Weissman St. (in Beit Asia). (03) 609-1331. Sun-Thurs 12:00-24:00. Stylishly designed, this upswing restaurant offers fine French-Mediterranean cuisine. Tomato soup, gnocchi alla Romana with porcini mushrooms as openers. As main courses the delicious stew of lamb neck with root vegetables, and the siniya. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. ***

Mandy's 2 Rokach Blvd (in the Daniel Rowing Center). (03) 699-6404. Daily 19:00-24:00. Charming setting on the edge of the Yarkon River. As openers, ravioli with shrimps, crab meat in a crab bisque, and seviche of drumfish. Tempting main courses are jumbo shrimps baked in a taboon oven and the fillet steak with porcini enriched demi-glace sauce. Moderate-Expensive. **

Maraboo 14 Abba Hillel St., Ramat Gan. (073) 714-2828. Daily 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-23:30. Attractive in a modern, perhaps too sterile manner but offering good if not exciting dishes. As first courses, truffled gnocchi with coquilles St. Jacques, shrimp filled raviolis, seviche of blue-fin tuna. As main courses, stew of veal cheek, bass fillets with Gorgonzola risotto. Expensive. ***

Marie Antoinette: 7 HaBarzel St, Ramat HaChayal. (03) 648-2999. Daily 19:00-24:00. Modern French cuisine in an attractive setting. As starters coquilles St. Jacques coated with breadcrumbs and porcini mushrooms and topped with melted buffalo mozzarella; duck and chicken liver Pate with Port wine. As main courses, sweetbreads with truffled polenta; chicken livers glazed with demarara sugar and red wine. Good dessert. Moderate-expensive. ***

Martha 26 Ibn Gvirol St. (03) 696-6843. Daily 12:00-02:00. A charming modern bistro. Build a meal of first courses – seviche of grey mullet, shrimps in tomato cream sauce, eggplants on a bed of lentils with creamy yoghurt. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Messa Rehov HaArba'a 19. (03) 685-6859. Daily 12:30-15:30 and 19:00-23:30. Highly stylized, very, very "in" and with food definitely worth trying. Baked narrow-bones, seviche of grey mullet, and liver pate as excellent starters. Among best main courses goose thigh with a puree of sweet potatoes, beef fillet with truffle-enrcihed puree, chicken livers with a sweet fig sauce. Moderate-Expensive. "W" ****

Montifiore Hotel 36 Montefiore St. (03) 564-6100. Daily 07:00-24:00. Comfortably formal but not stuffy. As opening courses, tartar of drum fish with asparagus, consommé with goose liver filled raviolis, sirloin with Sichuan pepper and a Far-Eastern dipping sauce. For main courses consider the pork chop filled with Manchego cheese and wrapped in bacon. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Olive Leaf Tel Aviv Sheraton Hotel. (03) 521-9300. Sun-Thurs 19:00-22:30. Appealing and sophisticated. Herb filled raviolis with porcini cream, veal sweetbreads on shallot and apple couscous, Cornish hen wrapped with goose breast, veal scallopini with broad beans. Expensive. Kosher. **

Raphael 87 Hayarkon St. (03) 522-6464. Daily 12:30-17:00 and 19:00-23:00. One of the very best restaurants in the country. Among very best dishes. porcini mushroom risotto, calamari with salad of Jerusalem artichokes, leg of lamb with lentils. Excellent desserts. Expensive. "W" *****

Rokah 73 73 Rokah Blvd. Ramat Aviv (behind the tennis courts). Open daily 12:00-01:00. Tel 03 7448844. French-Provencal cuisine in a charming setting. Best bets include crab bisque, bouillabaisse, octopus risotto, boeuf bourguignon, and for dessert, wine tarte tatin or tiramisu. Moderate. "W" ***



Italian

Amore Mio 100 Ibn Gvirol St.. (03) 524-4040. Daily 12:00-01:00. A simple but hospitable trattoria. Start off with mixed antipasti, go on to raviolis with salmon in cream sauce or tagliata de manzo, sirloin strips in a lemony sauce with arugula salad. Chocolate truffles for dessert. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Bellini 6 Yehieli (Suzanne Delal Center). (03) 517-8486. Daily 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-24:00. Appealing, relaxed atmosphere and good service. Good antipasti offerings, linguini with seafood, veal with artichoke hearts, gnocchi in four-cheese sauce, veal alla Marsala. Moderate. **

Café Italia 6 Kreminitzky St. (03) 561-2888. Daily 19:00-24:00. Eye catching in warm and comfortable ways, serving well executed traditional Italian dishes. Open with a mini courses of calf's tongue and Swiss chard with humous beans; go on to cold chicken liver salad; shrimps alla plancha; or mushrooms alio oli. For main courses consider the parpadele in mushroom and cream sauce, the lasagna Bolognese or the pork ribs Milanese. Very good desserts. Moderate. "W" ***

Cucina Tamar 10 HaTsfira St (in the area of Yad Charutzim), Tel Aviv. Daily 17:00-24:00. (03) 639-0407. Appealing Italian cuisine in a just funky enough setting. Raviolis with Parmesan and ricotta cheese with black truffles, tortellini filled with artichokes and Parmesan cheese in a garlic rich sauce, lamb brain in a sauce of lemon, butter, parsley and breadcrumbs and fine veal scallopine. Moderate. ***

Pappa/s 12 Hillel HaZaken St. (03) 510-7373. Daily 12:00-24:00. A simple but appealing trattoria. Good opening antipasti served gratis, calamari with aioli sauce, pizza with mushrooms and bacon, chicken livers in Marsala wine. Good tiramisu. Moderate. **

Pasta Mia 10 Wilson St. (03) 561-0189 and HaBarzel 34, Ramat HaChayal (03) 649-9346. Daily 12:00–24:00. The kinds of places that give simplicity its good name. Among best offerings - gnocchi with butter and garlic, cheese filled raviolis with mushroom and red wine sauce, veal with Marsala sauce and for dessert a splendid tiramisu. Reasonable. **

Piccola Pasta Ben Yehuda 53. (03) 529-0643. Sun-Fri 18:00-24:45. A super-fun trattoria offering often excellent and often creative pasta dishes with fine home-made sauces. Reasonable-Moderate. "W" ***

Pronto 26 Nachmani St. (03) 566-0915. Daily 12:30-24:00. Pleasing ambiance and good service. Many excellent dishes, among the best being vitello tonatto (cold veal with tuna, anchovy and caper mayonnaise); black rice topped with seafood; Roman style polenta; black truffles and mushrooms on fettuccini; lamb medallions with fried peppers. Good desserts. Moderate-Expensive. "W" ****

Radio Rosco: 97 Allenby St. (03) 560-0334. Daily 12:00-02:00. Fun to eat Italian food with a distinct Italo-American touch in a very pleasant setting. Open with a variety of crostini, go on to Tuscan beef tartare, continue with raviolis or other pasta dishes but whatever you do, don't miss the thin-crusted pizzas here. Moderate. ***

Ronimotti 24 Raoul Wallenberg St, Ramat HaChayal. (03) 647-0247. Sun 07:30-18:30, Mon-Fri 07:30-23:00. A simple but charming trattoria set in the courtyard of a high-tech office building. Fresh figs with mozzarella cheese and basil leaves; malfatti dumplings filled with vegetables and cheeses served on a rose sauce, fine raviolis, excellent lasagna al forno. Reasonable-moderate. **

Rustico 15 Rothschild Blvd. (03) 510-0039. Daily 10:00-01:00. Country-style dining in a friendly atmosphere. Very good mixed antipasto platter, truffled pizza, casserole of mixed seafood and appealing desserts. Moderate. **

Tony Vespa 267 Dizengoff St. and 40 Rothschild Blvd. (03) 546-0000 and (03) 685-8888. Daily 12:00-02:00. Gourmet pizza at a street-side pizzeria. A few seats at a counter but most eat their pizza standing up. Among best of many choices, mozzarella with bacon; four cheeses; mozzarella, onions and mushrooms. Reasonable. **

Toto 4 Berkovich St. (03) 693-5151. Daily 12:00-01:00 An attractive and comfortable setting. Try the caramelle di zucca (lasagna filled with pumpkin, ricotta cheese and Amaretto liqueur), cold calamari salad, spaghettini with vongole and clam sauce, lasagna in the style of Naples (with a just peppery enough beef ragout, cheese and chunks of spicy Italian-style sausages). Moderate-Expensive ***


Jewish

Batia 197 Dizengoff St. (03) 522-1335. Daily 11:00-about 21:00. Simplicity personified. Best bets are cholent, gefilte fish, kishke, calf’s foot jelly, roast goose and baked beef. Moderate.*

Elimelech 35 Wolfson St. (03) 5182478. Daily 09:00-01:00. A casual and sometimes noisy Tel Aviv institution serving up excellent bean soup and cold borscht, chopped chicken liver, cholent and kishke and baked beans. Great carrot tzimmis and coleslaw. Beer is the de rigueur beverage. **

Olga 110 Jabotinsky St.. (03) 696-8581. Sun–Thurs 07:00-23:00, Fri until 18:00. A simple café-eatery but with goulash soup good enough to break your heart with nostalgia. Equally good is the Polish krupnik soup with barley, potatoes and beef. Reasonable. *

Shmulik Cohen 146 Herzl St. (03) 681-0222. Sun–Thurs 10:00-22:30. The par excellence heartland of Yiddish culture. Roast goose, chicken soup, cholent with kishke, baked beef. Moderate-Expensive. Kosher. **

Meat

Agenda: HaTa'arucha 3, Tel Aviv Port. (03) 544-4418. Daily 12:00-04:00. A nicely desiged upswing shipudia (meats served on skewers). Start with the splendid opening meze of 17 or more dishes, go on to chicken livers, kebabs or whatever other meats beckon. Fun dining. Moderate. **

Charcuterie: 3 Rabbi Chanina St 3 (in the Flea Market) Jaffa. Daily 19:00-01:00 Tel 03 6828843. Welcoming, lively and just funky enough to make you smile. Very best bets here are the various French, Swiss and Italian style sausages and meats along with roesti or spaetzle, those accompanied by draught beer. Moderate. ***

Dixie 120 Yigal Alon St. (03) 696-6123. 24 hours daily. Stylized and comfortable, between an American steak house and a French brasserie. Phylo dough pizza with goats’ cheese, pickled salmon, shrimps and mussels in Thai sauce, spare ribs, hamburgers, T-Bone steaks. Moderate-Expensive. ***

Gilly’s Tel Aviv Port (03) 605-7777. Daily 10:00-03:00. Large, attractive and “laid-back”. Good first courses include fish soup, goose liver terrine and flaky pastry with spinach and Bulgarian cheese. Steaks are special but also good fish and seafood offerings. Moderate-Expensive. **

Meat Bar 52 Chen Blvd. (03) 695-6276. Daily 12:00-24:00. Pleasant surroundings and service. Steaks and burgers are fine here but so are the Caesar salad, the home-made pork sausages and for dessert the apple pie. Moderate-Expensive. **

Neve Tzedik-The Meat Place 64 Shabazzi St.. (03) 510-4020. Sat-Fri 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-01:00. A comfortable and attractive bar qua steakhouse. Fried calamari with tartare sauce and then fine entrecote, T-Bone and Porterhouse steaks with creamed spinach and fine puree. Moderate. **

NG 6 Ahad HaAm St. (03) 516-7888. Daily 18:00-02:00. An attractive and "in" bar-restaurant. Start with tomato salad with root vegetables or the beet leaves with mozzarella cheese and anchovies. As main courses ask about specials of the day but also consider the good fillet, porterhouse or entrecote steaks and chops. Moderate-Expensive.***

Stefan Braun 99 Allenby. (03) 560-4725. Daily 12:00-03:00. Tucked away in a charming old building, ideal for laid back, late-night dining. Moroccan charira (lamb soup with lentils), baby lamb chops, skewers of entrecote steak and grilled mullard breast. Moderate-Expensive. ***



Middle Eastern, Turkish and Balkan

Dr. Shakshouka (Middle Eastern) 3 Beit Eshel, Jaffa. (03) 682-2842. Sun-Thurs 09:30-24:00, Friday until 17:00, Sat night until 01:00. Simple and noisy but with good shakshouka (spiced egg and tomato casserole), kubbeh (burghul filled with meat, rice and pine nuts). Reasonable. Kosher. *

Mamaia 192 Ben Yehuda. (03) 523-7784. Daily 12:00-24:00. Old World European decor and the simple charms of genuine Balkan cookery. Among the best bets are the ciorba soup, and the mixed grill of steak, liver, kebabs and meat patties. Moderate. *

Shipudai haTkiva HaEtzel 37 (Schoonat haTikva). (03) 687-8014. Sun-Thurs 12:00-02:00, Fri 12:00-17:00, Sat night. Nothing fancy but good grilled meats on skewers and kebabs along with Middle-Eastern and North African salads. Reasonable-Moderate. Kosher. *

Yehuda Avazi 54 HaEtzel (in the HaTikva Quarter). (03) 637-9918. Sun-Thurs 11:00-05:00, Fri until about 17:00, Saturday evenings. Simple but pleasing meze, and grilled meat on skewers. Best bets are grilled goose liver, kebabs, chicken hearts and sheep intestines. Reasonable. Kosher. *

Modern American

Avant-Garde 3 Habarzel St. Ramat Hachayal. (03) 648-0082. Daily 24 hours. A friendly, attractive bar-restaurant in the California tradition. Mozzarella cheese fingers, sea-food soup, burgers topped with fried goose liver. Draught beer is the de rigueur beverage. Reasonable. **

East 12a Hasharon St. (03) 687-7213. Daily 19:00-02:00. Charming blend of New York and the Far East in a fun, sensual atmosphere. Asian-style bouillabaisse, American hamburgers, shrimps or coquilles St. Jacques with teriyaki sauce, coconut flan. Moderate. ***

Horace 34 Olei Tzion 34 (in the Flea Market), Jaffa. (077) 216-0040. Daily 10:00-24:00. Funky but with high class, an atmosphere that invokes style as much as it does the good culinary life. Fine Caesar salad, lamb and beef meat balls with pine nuts, a lovely assortment of quiches, and for dessert don't miss the Calvados cake. Reasonable-Moderate. ***

Moses 35 Rothschild Blvd. (03) 566-4949. Daily 12:00-04:00. A well-designed, comfortably formal but easy-going salon-restaurant. Sliced beef fillet with spicy Oriental sauce, quesadillas with cheddar cheese, onions and chili pepper, chicken nuggets in orange and caramel sauce, chicken fajitas. Good burgers and fun desserts. ***

Moses: Moses: 26 HaBarzel St, Ramat HaChayal. (03) 649-4747. Daily 12:00-04:00. Highly stylized and lively but with just the right note of sophistication. Tex-Mex quesadillas with ham and cheese, crisply fried calamaris with tarator sauce, excellent burgers (optional cheese and bacon), fine chips as a side order. Moderate. ***

Sergos 8 HaMalacha St. (03) 561-5121. Daily 10:00-02:00. An atmosphere combining that of a Parisian brasseie and a London supper-club. Good first courses include raviolis flled with spinach and goats' cheese and pate of chicken liver. Fine main courses are of the veal T-bone steak and the coquilles St. Jacques on a sauce of finely chopped tomato and pomegranate vinaigrette. Good apple crumble. Moderate-Expensive. ***


Russian

Baba Yaga Hayarkon St. 12, (03) 5167305. Daily 12:00-23:00. Franco-Russian cuisine in an appealing setting with a nice garden. Liver pate with pistachio nuts, borscht, beef Strogonoff, varenikis, good chocolate desserts. Moderate-Expensive. ***
Onegin 87 Yehuda Halevi St. (077) 558-7087. Daily 13:00-01:00. Traditional Russian food in an appealing setting. Among best bets, the cold and hot beef tongue dishes and the potato filled vareniki. As a main course try the beef Strogonoff. Moderate-Expensive. ***


Spanish

Concha 3 HaTa'arucha, Tel Aviv Port. (03) 546-3763. Daily 19:00-03:00. A pick-up bar in the late night hours but an attractive place for early evening dining on a broad selection of Andalusian-style tapas. Among best bets, confit of garlic with red peppers, seviche of amberjack, seared veal sweetbreads, tortillas with Cajun chicken; refried beans with pumpkin confiture, calamari a la plancha. Moderate-Expensive. ***.

El Barrio 12 Nachalat Binyamin St., Tel Aviv. (03) 6960512. Daily 18:00-24:00 and Tues and Fri from 11:00. Tel 03 6960512. Funky and simple but warm, welcoming and with fun to eat dishes. A fine platter of proscuitto, Serrano and coppa hams; good chorizo sausages with puree; shrimps with olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs; bow-tie pasta with a truffled cream sauce. Reasonable. **

La Champa 52 Nachalat Binyamin. (077) 200-8636. Daily 12:00-02:00. A true Spanish tapas bar at which one eats standing at the bar, the only beverage being sparkling Cava wines. Delicious Salamanca and Serrano hams, croquettes with ham and a rich ali-oli sauce, chorizo sausages, and fine cheeses. Casual and great fun but somewhat on the expensive side. **

Tapeo: 16 Ha’Arba’a Street. (03) 624-0484. Daily 19:00-02:00.. Handsomely designed and comfortable tapas bar. Best bets include ceviches of croaker and coquilles St. Jacques, chorizo sausages, beef empenadas. Don't miss the churros dessert pastries. Moderate–Expensive. ***


Wine Bars

HaBasta 4 HaShomer St. (in the Carmel Market). (03) 516-9234. Sun-Fri 08:00-02:00. Small, somewhat crowded but charming and with a friendly crowd. Good mini-offerings and a good wine list, call this a tapas bar or a wine bar as you like.Oysters with a glass of Champagne, bruschetta with mussels, calamari and mackerel, vitello tomato, chocolate semi-fredo. Good fun. Moderate-Expensive. **

Yo’ezer Wine Bar 2 Yo’ezer Ish Habira (opposite the clock tower), Jaffa. (03) 683-9115. Dail 13:00-01:00. One of my personal favorites. Exquisite interior, good service and excellent cuisine without pretensions. Blinis with caviar, pate de campagne, cote d’agneau, smoked ham, roast and corned beef. Moderate-Expensive. "W" ****

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Bariba Beit Derekh HaYam, Tel Aviv Port. (03) 604-4044. Sun-Thurs 10:00-01:00; Fri 08:30-13:00. Light, airy and attractive, said to feature food that is "good for us". Good beet soup with truffle oil and crème fraiche, polenta with mushrooms and Parmesan cheese, grilled salmon dishes and good desserts. Moderate. **

Betty Ford 48 Nachalat Binyamin. (03) 510-0650. Sat-Thurs 12:00-03:00, Fri from 16:00. A comfortable and welcoming bar-restaurant. Start with matboucha, mini-meatballs or spiced chicken wings, go on to good chorizo sausages or the spareribs. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Caballeros: 39 Bograshov St. (03) 620-4466.Daily 12:00-01:00. Simple northern Mexican food in a pleasant setting. Open with nachos with tomato salsa, go on to the Caesar salad and the good cheese enchiladas served with re-fried beans. Fun and friendly. Reasonable. *

Carpaccio 8 Ibn Gvirol St. (03) 609-8118. Daily 12:00-01:00. Nothing at this tiny eatery but but what the name claims – carpaccio. Best bet is the sirloin carpaccio with coarse salt, olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and fine bits of Parmesan cheese. A fun quick meal. Reasonable. **

Comme Il Faut Tel Aviv Port, Hanger 26. (03) 544-9211. Daily 09:00-01:00. Modern and attractive, with a lovely view of the sea but with a dose of political correctness that not everyone may appreciate. Good chickpea salad, fish seviche, grilled chicken with polenta, shrimps on rice. Moderate-Expensive. "W" ***

Dita 45 Rothschild Blvd. (03) 560-4222. 24 hours daily. A magnet for hungry, fun-seeking people. Country-style dishes such as beef carpaccio, sweet peppers filled with eggplant and Bulgarian cheese, kebabonim (mini kebabs for which Dita is famous), mixed grill, burgers. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Hatraklin: 41Nachalat Binyamin St. (03) 566-0013. Daily 19:00-24:30. Tel 03 5660013. A pleasant bar-restaurant with a good wine list. Simple, fun cuisine includes chopped chicken liver, chicken wings in honey, chili and garlic sauce, 250 gram hamburgers with a truffle spread. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Joz Vey Loz 51 Yehuda HaLevi St. (03) 560-6385. Sun-Thurs 18:00-03:00. One of the smallest and possibly the most funky restaurant in town but packed with charm. Dried salted sardines as starting tidbits, mini-quiche with Stilton cheese and pears; mushroom risotto; shrimps in butter and garlic sauce; good salads. Plum tarte for dessert. Reasonable-Moderate. **

Maya Taco: 54 Ibn Gvirol St. (03) 696-0304. Daily 12:00-01:00. A definite step above the many taco bars around these days. Best bets. taco with entrecote steak, refried beans guacamole, onion, coriander and the spicy house mayonnaise sauce. Also try the Sloppy Joe sandwich. Reasonable. **

Molly Bloom’s 32 Mendele St. (03) 522-1558. Daily 16:00-02:00. A hyper-real imitation of an Irish Pub that turns out fun (if not great) shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n chips, roast beef, all good matches to the Guinness and Kilkenny Harp draught beers. Reasonable. *

Nana 1 Ahad HaAm St, Neve Tzedek. (03) 516-1915. Daily 12:00-02:00. A very “in” attractive bar-restaurant. Best bets are gravlax and confit of goose liver as starters and entrecote steak with maitre d’hotel butter or various shrimp dishes as main courses. Moderate. **

Nanutchka 2 Lilienbloom St. (03) 516-2254. Daily 12:00 – 02:00. Informal and friendly Georgian style bar-bistro with opening zakuski (small first courses) and then grape leaves with mutton and rice, and tinkali (dough pockets with cheese in yoghurt-tomato sauce). Moderate. **

The Officers' Club 21 HaArba'a St. (03) 685-1155. Daily 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-01:00. Modern and, quasi-industrial in style but quite attractive. Try the fish and seafood soup, the gyozo dumplings, the tempura style calamari, and the yao-che beef (fillet in a meat stock with spices and brandy). Moderate-Expensive ***

Orna and Ella 33 Shenkin St. (03) 620-4753. Sun-Fri 10:00-01:00, Sat from 11:00. If anything reflects the "Shenkin Street ethos" (something akin to Greenwich Village, circa 1970) it is this beloved and pleasant café-restaurant. Delicious fresh breads, fine carrot soup, sweet potato pancakes, pear and carrot cakes. Beakfast, lunch andght dinners. Reasonable-Moderate. ***

Susannah 9 Shabazzi Street, Neve Tzedek. (03) 517-7580. Daily 10:00 – 01:00. Simple but fun Mediterranean dining. Best bets are mezes, including the tabbouleh, green felafel balls, leeks in lemon sauce and mutton meat balls. For dessert, the hot chocolate soufflé. Reasonable-Moderate. *

Tazza d'Oro 6 Ahad Ha'Am St. (03) 516-2329. Daily 09:00-23:30. With the well-worn appearance of
a justifiably popular hangout, offering good masbacha (warm humous with chickpeas, lemon and olive
oil), grilled eggplant with thick green tchina and fine labane as openers. As light main courses goat's
cheese in kadaif pastry, beef burgers served with demi-glace sauce and good tiramisu for
dessert. Reasonable-Moderate. **
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And what about Okinawa sushi bar in Neve Tzedek??
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by Daniel Rogov » Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:36 am

Mike,Hi...

Until your post I knew only of the Okinawa sushi bar that was in Herzliiya. The problem is that Tel Aviv now has over 35 sushi bars. Not to mention another 40 wrap joints. Simply cannot get to visit them all. If you or others have places that you think are good enough for me to visit, let me know and I'll certainly add them to my visiting schedule.

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by Mike_F » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:59 pm

Ummm - we have been down this road before - see http://stratsplace.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=10518 and scroll down. The Herzliya branch closed doors quite some time ago, the one in Neve Tzedek is worth your attention IMVHO.
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by Mike_F » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:11 am

Hi Rogov,

After a recent lunch at Catit I took another look at your entry above. 'Twas a truly outstanding meal, as indeed all our previous visits have been, and I am curious why you give the place only four stars. IMVHO Meir Adoni's cuisine and the ambiance and service are certainly comparable to at least two of the three restaurants you rate as five stars (Chloelys and Moul Yam), can't speak for Raphael as we agreed some time back to disagree on that one.

If you have not been to Catit recently, you owe yourself a repeat visit.

By the way, for those who want to try the restaurant, the business lunch is an unbeatable deal for a restaurant of this quality in Tel Aviv, and an experience to remember.

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Mike, Hi.....


No question but that Catit is one of the best in the country. Give me (as I'll give him) another six months and we'll see about that fifth star.

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by Rani Osnat » Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:18 am

Rogov Hi,

A couple of corrections to the list, and by "corrections" I do not mean dissenting opinions (that's an entirely different post) but places that are no longer with us except in memory.

One is Ronnie James. The official version published in one of the local papers a few months ago was that they were closed for renovation, which seemed unlikely since they didn't need it. As far as I know they are simply closed due to lack of funds. A call I placed to their phone number only yesterday was greeted by a "number disconnected" message. Sad, since I found this place to have good food and excellent attitude and staff. Please feel free to verify this, since I haven't physically checked the place out.

Loop Noodles has been gone from Ben Yehuda 177 for quite a few months. I live nearby and was dismayed since this was oft my default choice for a quick takeaway dinner upon arriving home late from work. It was replaced by a place named "Maple" specializing in pancakes/crepes/galettes (both sweet as well as savory), which seemed doomed from the moment it opened, and indeed, a few weeks ago I found it shut with a "for rent" sign at the window. Shame, and I could have told them from the start that it was a stupid concept and a bad location for it, not to mention a really bad choice for a name (suggesting they only serve sweet pancakes).

btw, I would definitely classify The Officers' Club as Asian (or Asian fusion).
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by Daniel Rogov » Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:25 am

Rani, Hi and Welcome Aboard....

Thanks for the input. I will check on Ronnie James tomorrow and will delete Loop Noodles immediately. As to The Officers' Club, I'll let that one stand in Pot-Pourri because as Asian as it may be there are so many American-French-Israeli touches that I don't think it slides easily into any other category.

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by Daniel Rogov » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:49 pm

Updated the above listings today as I shall once monthly in the future.

Notable Changes This Month:

1. In the Fish Category - Added a New Entry for Shaked which has now earned its stars
2 In the Far Eastern Category- Deleted the entry for Loop Noodles Bar which is now closed
3. In the French Category - Sadly deleted the entry for Ronnie James which is now closed
4. In the Far Eastern Category - Deleted the entry for Tike which is now closed
5. In the Meat Category - Added an entry for the newly opened Charcouterie
6, In the Pot-Pourri Category - Added an entry for the newly opened Baba Yaga

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by Mike_F » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:21 am

Hi Rogov and all,

Based on a quick lunch today, Pier 23 at Tel-Aviv port (opposite Moul Yam) deserves a listing. It's a 'gourmet fast food' joint, the fish and chips (42 shekels) are good, the calamari (32 shekels) rank amongst the best I've had anywhere around the Mediterranean. IMVHO, well worth it for quick and ultra-casual dining on the sea-front.

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by Daniel Rogov » Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:16 am

Updates for 13 Sept 2008

1. Updated the entry for Adora
2. Deleted the entry for Kazanki (now closed)
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Updates for 26 September


Deleted FoodArt: Closing this week.
Deleted Ali Oli: Closing this week.
Tentative Update for El Barrio in New Location
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by Mike_F » Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:26 am

Daniel Rogov wrote:Deleted FoodArt: Closing this week.
Deleted Ali Oli: Closing this week.


These are not 'fly-by-night' operations, Food Art especially has been around for quite some time. Are they closing their catering business as well?

The New York Times noted this weekend that restaurants are often the 'canary in the coal mine' for warning of economic difficulties. Are these going to be the first portents of the global economic crisis over here?
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by Daniel Rogov » Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:48 pm

Mike, Hi....

As to economic portents for the future, I cannot say. Oddly enough though, during the Great Depression many of the better and most prestigious restaurants of New York, Chicago, Boston and other American cities not only stayed open but did a fine business. What closed during the depression were mass-market, mid-range restaurants.

As to the specifics, Antonio Mensa brought Ali Oli to its peak moments when he was at Rehov Brenner. After that restaurant closed, Mensa went on to two other places and then after several years re-opened Ali Oli on Rehov HaArba'aa. The new restaurant, as good as it might have been lacked the run-down charm of the original place and failed to attract the "right" audience.

With regard to FoodArt, it is my undertanding that the catering will continue. It is also my understanding that chef Kestenbaum is considering opening another restaurant, a future setting to be open for dinner as well as lunch. On that, however, we will have to wait and see

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 26 Sep 2008)

by Daniel Rogov » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:35 pm

Today's updates:

A new entry for El Barrio in its new location. Fun, funky and definitely worth visiting.
An update to La Champa indicating its now rather expensive pricing
A new entry for Marie Antoinette in Ramat HaChayal. Definitely worth visiting.

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by Daniel Rogov » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:33 pm

Mike_F wrote:Based on a quick lunch today, Pier 23 at Tel-Aviv port (opposite Moul Yam) deserves a listing. It's a 'gourmet fast food' joint, the fish and chips (42 shekels) are good, the calamari (32 shekels) rank amongst the best I've had anywhere around the Mediterranean. IMVHO, well worth it for quick and ultra-casual dining on the sea-front.



Mike, Hi......

I'm still debating about Pier 23. I've been there several times (once to review, another few times just for fun) and agree that the clamari, wraps, shrimps in different forms and others of their offerings are great fun. The problem I have is that this is not so much a retaurant but, as you say a fast food joint that happens to be serving quite good dishes. Right now my thinking is taking me in the direction that if Tony Vespa (pizza joints) and a few wrap places can be in this listing, perhaps this should be as well. Will wrestle both with consiience and number of inches allocated to me in the weekend magazine of HaAretz (English) and will decide before next month's deadline (1 November)

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 11 Oct 2008)

by Aviram K » Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:02 pm

hey Rogov.

some notes- first, the Ronnie James restaurant still appears in the guide, as well as the Loop Noodles Bar

second, if memory serves right, the East (Modern American) Mama's Meatballs (pot-pourri) are now closed

now, some questions...
I'm curious about why you gave Cafe Italia "w"- it's a quite good restaurant, but "exceptionally fine wine list"??
I wouldn't say so.... same question about Comme il Faut...
on the other hand, why a place like HaBasta didn't get "W"?

BTW, one of the lately-opened places that did surprise with a fine wine list was the Hotal Montifiore- especially in the white category.


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by Daniel Rogov » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:24 pm

Aviram, Hi.....

Me thanks thee for the input. Corrections and deletions now made.

As to who deserves the"W" (for a fine wine list), probably in this rare case as much a subjective as an objective rating on my part.


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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 6 Nov 2008)

by Daniel Rogov » Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:29 am

Two permanent changes:

1. RDB, Ronen Dovrat Bloch's restaurant - Closed and deleted
2. Alio Oli, Antonio Mensa's Spanish restaurant - Closed and deleted


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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 6 Nov 2008)

by Mike_F » Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:42 pm

Daniel Rogov wrote:1. RDB, Ronen Dovrat Bloch's restaurant - Closed and deleted


You had mentioned Ali Oli's closing previously, but RDB is a surprise - seems to me that they did not last for very long (when did it open?), Where is Chef Bloch going?

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Mike, Hi.....


RDB opened somewhere between 6 - 7 months ago. According to various interviews by different journalists with Ronen Dovrat Bloch, the restaurant closed because one of the partners, a Russian oligarch, lost so much money on the market that he could no longer afford to "keep it going". It may also have something to do with the fact that the restaurant received quite mixed reviews and was well more than half-empty for the last four months. I also cannot help but wonder whether there is an ego problem involved here. To follow that hunch on my part see the restaurant's web site which is still online at
http://www.rdbrest.co.il/

My own review in English can be seen at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/998448.html

Dovrat Bloch says he is hoping to re-open with new partners but as of yesterday there was a "For Rent" sign on the window of the premises.

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by Mike_F » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:52 am

Daniel Rogov wrote:I also cannot help but wonder whether there is an ego problem involved here. To follow that hunch on my part see the restaurant's web site which is still online at http://www.rdbrest.co.il/


I see what you mean...

I remember your review, after reading it I had thought that at those prices I would wait a year or two for the place to get its act completely together. I didn't realize then that a year or two is enough time for Bloch to switch 2-3 restaurants, based on the record in his cv on-line.

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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 12 Dec 2008)

by Daniel Rogov » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:50 pm

It may be "hard times" (i.e. recession) or it may be mere coincidence, but a good many restaurants have been closing lately. Changes for this update include permanent closures of Orca and Odeon (Herziliya and Tel Aviv).

Among new entries:

Moses in Ramat HaChayal
Ronimotti in Ramat HaChayal
Additional opening for Tony Vespa
Cucina Tamar in Tel Aviv
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Re: Israeli Restaurant Guide- Tel Aviv (Updated 31 Dec 2008)

by Daniel Rogov » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:42 pm

Tel Aviv. Deleted the entry for La Plancha. Closed permanently.
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