Haj Kalil $$
really good upscale Lebanese
David Razi'el St 18
on the circle at the clock
Haj Kalil $$
really good upscale Lebanese
David Razi'el St 18
on the circle at the clock
Shlomi, north of Naahriya, on the Lebanese border
really great traditional Lebanese food
The Tasting Room
A fabulous wine bar where you can taste many wines. Very high tech: they give you a credit-type card, you choose from dozens of wines, get a lovely taste. Or, a glass, or a bottle, or a case. Food too.
36 Eliezer Kaplan st., Tel Aviv
near Serona Market in German Colony
Yom Tov Street, Carmel Market, Tel Aviv Israel | Facebook Page
Jonathan Borowitz's Cafe 48 served excellent Ashkenazi inspired food, but is now unfortunately closed. His new restaurant.
Meat25, is located in Carmel Market and is both a butcher shop and a wonderful restaurant, perhaps the best grilled meat served in Israel.
For our American viewers, our chef guide Mike Solomonov’s restaurants are a bit easier to get to than Israel. Most are in Philadelphia - the only problem is deciding which one to go to. Don't take our word for it - Eater Magazine called him "the genius of Jewish cooking" and Saveur said "This is a man who can do more with eggplant than most chefs can do with a chicken." Mike won Outstanding Chef (can you say Oscar?) by James Beard in 2017 and his book Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, won the Beard Cookbook-of-the-Year award in 2016.
Zahav - $$$
Website | 237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Mike’s Israeli restaurant and winner of the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in the Mid-Atlantic. Fusing all the complex traditions and flavors across Israeli cooking into one menu, and adapting it for American ingredients. Famous for its lamb, its hummus, and salatim, Zahav is frequently listed as one of the best restaurants in the country. Popular with just about anyone who eats there, this is as close as your taste buds can get to our film without going to Israel.
Abe Fisher - $$
Website | 1623 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
Abe Fisher is a restaurant dedicated to the food of the Jewish diaspora. By definition then, it’s not quite Israeli cuisine. However the food of the Jewis on the some of the same cuisines that inspire Modern Israeli cooking. It’s also delicious. Their Montreal-style short ribs are among the most popular menu items.
Mike Solomonov’s simple, creamy, hummus tehina is dressed up a variety of ways at his casual hummusiyas. Be prepared for the tastiest Israeli lunch this side of the Atlantic. Many Israelis swear it's as good as anyplace in the Holyland
Dizengoff Philadelphia, New York (Chelsea Market)
Website | 1625 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dizengoff New York - $
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY
250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Gourmet fried chicken, donuts, and coffee shop. Not quite Israeli cooking - though you can get your chicken with Za’atar - but incredibly tasty.
+972 (054) 477-8768 | Email Avihai
Avihai was our guide during filming. He's knowledgable on all topics and is a charming host. He can handle from 1-100 people. Beyond our recommendations Avihai is leading specific "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" tours. Follow this link to read more. The tour will feature stops along the culinary landmarks of our movie - as well as at new restaurants and other exciting activities!
21 Ibn Gabirol, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel | +972 3 716 8977
King George St 30, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel | +972 3 631 7688
Miznon, HaNechoshet Street 1, Ramat HaChayal, Israel | +972 3 654 1771
Also in Paris and soon in Chelsea Market in New York
Miznon is Eyal Shani’s hip “gourmet fast-food” spot which serves as both a new take on and an homage to Israeli street food. Eyal Shani is a "mad genius" who provides unexpected yet familiar dishes. Expect to find ridiculously tasty vegetables, stuffed pitas, and much more served in a relatively inexpensive and very “Tel Aviv” restaurant. Favorites include the corned beef pita, the roasted cauliflower, and their steak & egg pita.
Meir Adoni is one of Tel Aviv's leading chefs, at the forefront of haute cuisine in Israel. He was raised with a Moroccan upbringing, and fuses his Moroccan grandmother's inspirations with Modern Jewish cooking to play with old and new recipes. "As a chef, the first thing I bring to the table is tradition. I respect the original flavors and ingredients. Only then do I add my crazy interpretation, launching the dish off to new and uncharted territory."
Nur - $$$
34 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Nur, is Meir's New York restaurant that received two stars from the New York Times. He describes it as Middle Eastern, not Israeli. It's WONDERFUL!
Catit - $$$ – CLOSED
Nahalat Binyamin St 57, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Unique and exciting high-culinary art cuisine from Meir Adoni, served as Degustation menu.
Blue Sky - $$$ kosher
15th floor of Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel - 10 Eliezer Peri st.,
Meir Adoni’s inventive and surprising all-Kosher restaurant with a spectacular rooftop view on top of the Carlton hotel in Tel Aviv.
Mizlala - $$ – CLOSED
57 Nahlat Binyamin St. Tel Aviv
Meir Adoni’s “backyard” where he plays with a “worldly range of flavors, as well as preserving the traditional home cooking of the Israeli kitchen.”
Beit Yaakov 10 st., Jerusalem, (053) 809-4897
Now a famous TV chef in Israel, Assaf Granit started as part owner of this innovative restaurant that blends traditions into a unique dining experience. It's one of the most happening restaurants in the country, and you can't help but be caught up in the energy of the place. Part market restaurant, part high-cuisine, part nightclub - both the atmosphere and the food at Machneyuda capture the lively personality of Israel. Located in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, or “The Shuk."
Website | 98 Yigal Alon St. Electra Tower, Tel Aviv |+972 03-624-9249
Haim Cohen was one of the pioneers in the gourmet restaurant scene in Tel-Aviv years ago. Now, his new restaurant "Yaffo TLV" connects the roots of Israeli cooking with the cooking of his Ashkenazi grandmother. A restaurant born from culinary conflict between eastern and western flavors, Yaffo is a culinary love letter to the distinct flavors of the Jewish experience. The menu changes each day to reflect the fresh ingredients the restaurant sources.
"Delightfully delicious food from someone who truly knows what he’s doing"
Visit Website | 972-3-9772929
Erez Komarovsky was our expert on food in the North of Israel. Famous for igniting a passion for fine bread in Israel, Erez now offers incredible cooking and baking workshops in his Matat home. The workshops are open to the public as well as organized groups and offer an unforgettable day of fine food, great wine, breath-taking views and plenty of inspiration to take home.
6 Shderot Yerushalaim, Tel Aviv, Israel | 03-681-3993
Simple, delicious, traditional Tripolitan comfort food served in an unassuming casual restaurant near Old Jaffa. Specializes in the most delicious, traditional foods possible. Savory stews are served alongside a variety of bright and interesting mezze.
Israel Aharoni is a celebrity chef in Israel who is famous for his Asian cuisine. A leading voice in the Israeli culinary scene, he is most famous for introducing Chinese food to Tel Aviv with his restaurant "Yin Yang." He recently opened Hiro, a free-style ramen soup bar, in Sarona Market.
Website | Eliezer Kaplan 36, Sarona Market, Tel Aviv | 03-5333213
A trendy wine bar in Sarona Market with an automated pouring system allowing the customer to taste 40 wines from Israel and abroad by the use of a smart card.
TripAdvisor Page | 7 Sirkin Street, Giv'atayim, Israel (Near Tel Aviv)
A famous sabich stand in Israel. Maybe the most famous sabich stand in Israel. Israelis argue about who serves the best sabich, but they all agree that Oved serves an excellent one. If you like the heat, make sure to get yours spicy. For the uninitiated, a sabich is pita stuffed with fried eggplant, potatoes, hard-boiled egg, hummus, tahini, and whichever veggies and spices you’d like. In one bite you'll get a taste of dozens of different cuisines. Inexpensive, too.
Carmel Market, Hashomer 4, Tel Aviv | (03) 516-9234 | Read Reviews
This tiny restaurant and wine bar serves food straight from the surrounding Carmel Market, focusing on fresh vegetables and seafood. Small and very popular, so be sure to make reservations. Chef Maoz Alonim focuses on serving dishes that highlight their basic ingredients - simple, fresh and delicious.
Hertsel 41, Tel Aviv | (03) 624-8899
A grill in Jaffo that serves variety of grilled meats, including foie gras roasted over charcoal - one of chef Michael Solomonov’s favorite dishes. Also serves generous courses of Salatim to accompany the grilled meats.
Website | 11 Yad Harutzim St, Tel Aviv | 03-5176080
Gourmet chocolate made with a fusion of European tradition and Israeli tastes. Ika Cohen has won many international awards for her chocolate and has been making chocolate for more than a decade. Make sure to try the za’atar flavored truffle - unlike any other sweet you've tried.