Israel Foodie Roundup – January 2018

January has been a pretty wet and miserable month, which often prompts people to stay at home in the warmth, rather than eating out, but there are some exciting developments in the Israeli culinary scene this month.

JERUSALEM

Scala (Kosher) at The David Citadel Hotel has re-opened after many years of closure.  The original restaurant was a formal European style bistro but the new one seems to be a modern take on traditional Israeli food, click here for the menu.

Sweet’n Karem (Kosher) has opened a new kosher coffee shop in Ein Kerem with space for chocolate workshops.  The packaged chocolate has always been kosher, but the shop itself used to be open on Shabbat. The new café is the only kosher option available in Ein Kerem and includes seating in a scenic courtyard.

Sofia Restaurant in the Inbal Hotel has closed until May 2018 and the soup festival ended early, due to renovations in the hotel.

A new kosher Arais place is due to open in early March near the shuk, on Agripas opposite Mordoch.

TEL AVIV & MERKAZ

Deli Fleishman (Kosher) has closed inside Sarona Market and is now across the road at 112 Derech Menachem Begin. In its place will be another kosher meat stand called Pita Basta (Kosher), who currently have a branch in Ashdod. Menu items include various meat and vegetarian options and most excitingly a chocolate and grilled banana pita.

Ludens Express (Kosher) vegan restaurant has opened in the Sarona complex.

Whiskey Bar Museum (Hashgacha Pratit) in Sarona has opened a cigar bar called Walter Bar at the back of the restaurant.

Etz Halimon (Mehadrin) is a new dairy restaurant in Hod Hasharon. As well as a traditional Israeli breakfast, menu items include Nicoise salad with seared tuna, burrata, gnocchi with chestnuts, parmesan and truffle and whole sea bass with roasted vegetables.

Greco, the popular Greek restaurant in Tel Aviv, has opened a second branch in Herzliya.

UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS

So French So Food French culinary week will take place February 5-8, 2018 for a 6th year. A delegation of 18 French chefs will collaborate with restaurants all over Israel. Notable restaurants taking part in Tel Aviv are Shila, Popina, Oasis, Yaffo Tel Aviv and Olive Leaf (Kosher). Jerusalem restaurants include Cow on the Roof (Kosher), Mona, Mamilla Rooftop (Kosher).  Other restaurants around the country are Oratorio (Kosher) in Zichron Yaakov, Oud in Nazareth and Cramim in Beer Sheva.  Participating restaurants will feature special dishes made with the French chefs, for more information contact the restaurants directly.

A report on the recent A-Sham Arab Food Festival in Haifa – Food Festival Brings Jews And Arabs Together In Haifa.

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3 thoughts on “Israel Foodie Roundup – January 2018

  1. Love this – but definitely update blog name if poss.

    On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 2:47 PM, Single in the Holy City wrote:

    > Debbie Kandel posted: “January has been a pretty wet and miserable month, > which often prompts people to stay at home in the warmth, rather than > eating out, but there are some exciting developments in the Israeli > culinary scene this month. Jerusalem Scala at the David Cit” >

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  2. Looking for allergy friendly places for lunch, and you list of accommodating restaurants helps.
    One of the travelers is allergic to tree nuts and sesame. Some place told us to go elsewhere when I tried to make reservations. Any suggestion you can pass along would be great.

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