Monthly Roundup

Israel Foodie Roundup – October 2018

Hello fellow foodies, sorry for the delay in publishing this month’s newsletter. I have been traveling and had some computer issues but hopefully, it is better late than ever.


There is finally a salad bar near the Jerusalem shuk. Selfy’s (Mehadrin) is a self-serve yogurt and salad bar. Full menu and costs are on their website.

A MasaEAT food truck has set up on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Hopefully, this will be the start of more food trucks opening in Israel.

Nina Bianca (Kosher) recently opened in Bilu junction, near Rehovot with a Mediterranean dairy menu including truffle arancini,  burrata, leek risotto, gnocchi, pizza and various fish dishes. The dessert menu includes cheesecake, cannoli, mille-feuille and treacle tart.  The owners include Chef Itay Atia (former chef of West Side).

Akko finally has a kosher chef restaurant thanks to Chef Uri Arnold, the owner Souvlaki in Netanya and former owner of “Arnold”.  Roots has a Levantine style menu and the restaurant is housed inside a large stone building with an outside courtyard.

If you are heading to Kiryat Shmona, check out Taboola Rasa (Kosher),  a vegetarian café with home-cooked food like stuffed peppers, soups and other roasted vegetables.


The Machneyuda group have opened another restaurant, called DKL. The small restaurant has only 30 seats and is being run by chefs Asaf Serri and Oren Asido. The menu uses local raw ingredients, as seafood and other dishes made in front the of the diners. The restaurant also features dishes and tools from the designer Tom Dixon, who is a partner in the groups new London restaurant Coal Office (which I can personally highly recommend!)

Chef Eldad Shmuelie, who used to work at Eyal Shani’s “North Abraxas”, has opened Elhanan Bakery in Kibbutz Mishmarot near Pardes Hana. As well as selling sourdough bread, cakes and pastries, the café also serves more substantial dishes like salads, pizza and fish. The café is dairy, closed on Shabbat but has no hechsher.

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Chef Ortal Rosenberg has opened Emesh in Tel Aviv, where Nanuchka used to be.

Vegetarian restaurant Opa opened at the beginning of October from Chef Shirel Berger and her twin sister Sharona. Berger makes a point of not using meat substitutes or vegan cheeses, but instead uses vegetables and seasonal fruits directly from the farmers.

Patrick’s Irish Pub in Tel Aviv is no longer kosher and will be once again open on Shabbat.

Bellini Italian restaurant in Neve Tsedek has closed after 24 years of business and Meatball restaurant in Rishon Lezion also closed.


I am excited to report that Jacko’s Street is opening a cocktail bar called Jacko’s Son. The entrance to the bar will be via the main restaurant, and the menu will be a fusion of Asian and Jerusalem dishes, including sushi.

Segev Burger is opening in Jerusalem on Hashikma Street where Jacko’s Street used to be.

Chef Yuval Ben Neria of Taizu and Ya Pan is opening a new restaurant in Azrieli Sarona in early 2019. The restaurant still does not have a name but will be Japanese-themed.

Jem’s Beer Factory will soon be opening in Drorim Mall near Even Yehuda.



  1. Jerusalem Foodie Festival of the Year – Open Restaurants 2018
  2. Jerusalem Top Ten Kosher Restaurants
  3. Debbest Dishes – September 2018

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