Summer is here and it is wonderful to enjoy eating and drinking outside. There is once again no shortage of restaurant news from the Israeli culinary scene.
Naya, a kosher Asian fusion restaurant, has opened Moshav Beit Nakofa in the Jerusalem Hills. This restaurant is from the owners of Derech Hagefen in Moshav Beit Zayit and serves sushi, Asian dishes and a variety of cocktails.
Yehoyada Nizri, a finalist of Master Chef Israel 2018, has opened a slow-food restaurant on Shamai in Jerusalem called Petora. The theme of the menu is meat and bread, with rich, slow-cooked meat dishes such as beef ribs cooked for 12 hours and Asado in a sweet wine sauce.
Mitz Marak is a new casual vegan cafe on Hillel serving a range of salads, sandwiches and, as the name suggests, soups and juices.
Tap House TLV has opened on Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, where MEX & CO used to be. The ground floor is designed like a traditional pub and the top floor is more relaxed with mattresses and pillows, there is also a garden and terrace. The bar walls have electronic beer taps using a charge card so you can refill your glass whenever you want and there is a kosher bar menu.
Rooftop bar is a bar lounge on the roof of the new Prima Millennium Hotel in Ra’anana. Menu items include light meat dishes and a variety of wines, beers and cocktails. The hotel also has a restaurant called Escape Restobar with a more extensive menu and a good business lunch option.
Another new kosher restaurant in Netanya and this time it is dairy. The Butler in the Medi Terre Hotel is a Mediterranean style brasserie with an emphasis on Italian food. Traditional dishes include Burrata with tomato salad, Arancini and Truffle Risotto.
Papa has also opened in Netanya, serving burgers, steaks and various meat pizzas.
Although it is located in the Poleg Industrial Area next to Ikea, Bredo has a rustic feel to the décor and outside terrace, with an extensive dairy breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, as well as a bakery and cake shop for take-away.
Plomari 29 is a Greek dairy tavern which recently opened in Rosh Pina. On Friday afternoon there is a Kabbalat Shabbat with a live performance by a Greek band.
Mr Wolf is a new lounge bar which has opened on Shlomzion Hamalka where La Boca and Canela used to be featuring techno music.
So-Bing is a Korean dessert place which has just arrived in Israel with the first branch on Bograshov Street and King George Street in Tel Aviv. The signature dish is a Korean dessert, similar to a snow cone, made from shaved ice with sweet toppings such as chocolate, banana, cookies, mangoes, strawberries, cheesecake and more.
Mitch Is a new street food stand in Carmel market, serving Romanian kebabs. The traditional Romanian dish is served in a pita with Romanian eggplant, chimichurri, salsa, tahina, fried onion and steamed cabbage. There is also a gluten-free option without the pita.
Burger mania continues in Tel Aviv, with the opening of Fat Cow by Chef Tom Aviv. The simple menu includes a Basic burger, Cheeseburger with Gouda and the Distracted burger with cheese fondue.
- Israel Museum Wine Festival – 30 July to 2 August 2018, tickets cost NIS 95.
- Jerusalem Food Truck Festival – continues for all of August, Tuesday to Thursday, 18:00 – 23:00 in Gai Ben Hinom Park. Food trucks during August will include HaMotzi, Yudale, Sushi Rehavia, Adom, Angelica, Ishtabach, Machneyuda and Kinor Bakikar, click here for the full list.
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