Chef Michael Solomonov

Mike's Website

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."

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.

Dizengoff Philadelphia - $
Website | 1625 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dizengoff New York - $
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY
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Mike Solomonov’s simple, creamy, hummus tehina is dressed up a variety of ways at his casual hummusiya. Be prepared for the tastiest Israeli lunch this side of the Atlantic. Dizengoff will open a new location in New York City's Chelsea Market in early 2016. 

Federal Donuts - $
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Gourmet fried chicken, donuts, and coffee shop. Not quite Israeli cooking - though you can get your chicken with Za’atar - but incredibly tasty. 

Avihai Tsabari

 

+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!

Miznon - Eyal Shani

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

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 - Blue Sky, Catit, Mizlala

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."

Catit - $$$ – CLOSING
Nahalat Binyamin St 57, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
+972 3-510-7001
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Unique and exciting high-culinary art cuisine from Meir Adoni, served as Degustation menu.

Blue Sky - $$$
15th floor of Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel - 10 Eliezer Peri st.,
+972 3-520-1830
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Meir Adoni’s inventive and surprising all-Kosher restaurant with a spectacular rooftop view on top of the Carlton hotel in Tel Aviv.

Mizlala - $$ – CLOSING
57 Nahlat Binyamin St. Tel Aviv
+972 03-566-5505
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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.” 

Machneyuda Restaurant - Assaf Granit

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."

Haim Cohen - Yaffo Tel Aviv

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"

Chef Erez Komarovsky

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.

Israel Aharoni - Hiro Ramen Bar

Find facebook page here | Inside Sarona Market, 3 Kalman Magen St. Tel Aviv
+972 3-000-0000 | Sarona Market Page 

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. 

Oved’s Sabich

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.

Bar Ochel (Carmel Meat Bar)

Website | 0509157756 | Hacarmel Market 38, Tel Aviv, Israel

Located in the heart of Carmel Market, this “little food haven” serves hearty Israeli favorites like kebabs, Jerusalem mixed grill, lamb sausage, and shakshuka. It's so small you could easily miss it, but make sure not to. Highlights the best of Israeli street food with a friendly staff in the heart of historic Carmel Market. 

HaBasta - Market Restaurant

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.

Café Levinsky - Soda Gazoz

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Website | Levinsky 41, Tel Aviv Israel | 0584488480

It's a tiny little stall that you could walk right by - but make sure not to. Here a man named Benny Briga serves fresh made sodas and seltzer waters. Benny used to be a mixologist and a bartender before taking his passion for crafting delicious beverages into the world of gourmet sodas. Benny makes soda in the style of the old soda fountains - but with a new Israeli understanding of global ingredients and flavors.

Julie’s Egyptian Restaurant

Malan Street 42, Tel Aviv, Israel | 03-5169334

Julie's is located in Carmel Market, just a few blocks from the center of the market and just above the Yemenite Quarter. There's no reservations, she serves only lunch, and she closes when she runs out of food for the day. Her Egyptian specialties however are worth it. Every day Julie can be found making her rounds in the market, shopping for fresh vegetables and creating the unique menu for the day. Her Egyptian specialties include artichokes, and Molokheyya, a green plant chopped and cooked with garlic and coriander sauce often served as a soup. You'll want to give Julie a big hug once you meet her, and you'll find that the perfect addition to her food is a dash of her wisdom.

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Rama’s Kitchen - Rama Ben-Zvi

Website | Nataf, Israel (outside of Jerusalem) | 02-5700954 – CLOSED temporarily after fire

“Rama’s Kitchen” is a unique restaurant in the Judean Hills that is open to the public on weekends only. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine that is characterized by simplicity and earthiness.

Yakob and Michal - Magda

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Website | 02-533-5476, Ein Rafa, Israel. (outside of Jerusalem, follow signs once in the town)

Only open on weekends, only serving the freshest ingredients, and refusing to offer anything but the most magical dining experiencing, Magda serves a fusion of Jewish and Arab cooking from a husband and wife team who share their dream of peace in the form of delicious cooking. The restaurant serves locally sourced, seasonal food which is famous for showcasing unique aspects of Levantine cooking.