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Israel Foodie Roundup April 2019

There is so much news this month so I will dive straight in!

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Arale Creme Brulee in the Shuk is a small new dessert kiosk on Agripas in Jerusalem, next to Pablo Mexican. They serve ice cream inside a rolled crepe and it looks delicious!

Mousseline, boutique ice cream parlor, opened an additional store in Talpiot.

02 Upbeat Jerusalem Cuisine at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem is now serving a business lunch for 89 NIS which includes starters, mains and side dishes. Some dishes require a supplement (NIS 30 for 200g fillet) and you can also add a glass of wine for NIS 20 and dessert for NIS 28, full review here.

Roladin opened a branch on Yaffo next to Shuk Machane Yehuda. As much as I don’t like chain restaurants opening in the shuk, there is a major shortage of options for breakfast in the shuk and this Roladin has a nice outdoor area.

Once upon a time, 2C was one of the top kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv. But for the last few years, it has been surviving based on location and nothing more. I have been working in the Azrieli Round Tower for over a year and I have not once been tempted to go up there, until now. Introducing Sefora, the sushi bar by 2C on the 49th floor of the Azrieli Round Tower.

Chloelys, Hilton Tel Aviv has undergone renovations to make it brighter and more modern. The dark decor always put me off eating in the restaurant so I am excited to try it again now that it has been updated.

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Esperanto is opening for the summer on May 1. The cocktail bar, is located on small pier, surrounded by the sea, and is part of the Carlton Tel Aviv hotel.

Sheldi Dining Club (Tzohar) is a new meat tapas and cocktail bar Herzliya Pituach, with a varied menu and good wine list. Interesting dishes include croissant filled with french style fish, kosher calamari, and Jerusalem mix on challah.

Newshi, is a new Asian restaurant in Ness Ziona with a varied sushi menu, as well as dim sum, gyoza, stir fry and curry dishes – full menu in Hebrew.

Beit Haugot (Badatz) has reopened in Tzfat. The family-run cafe was previously located in the house and garden of the owner in Yesod Hamala (next to Hula Valley) but was forced to close a few months ago due to issues with the neighbors.  The new location is in an old stone building in Tzfat and it will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cafe ve Sipur, Motza has closed down due to preservation issues with Beit Yelin.


John Smith is a cocktail bar in the new Cinema Hostel building on Shammai in Jerusalem. The bar is from the owners of Tap & Tail and has a 1920s cinematic theme. The meat bar menu consists of dishes costings NIS 25-65.

Rama’s Kitchen has finally reopened, having burnt down in a forest fire in Nataf (near Abu Ghosh)  in November 2016. The new restaurant will serve a tasting menu, with options for vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements. Breakfast is NIS 128, lunch is NIS 176 and dinner is NIS 295 per person (links to sample menus in Hebrew).

George & John is a new modern Israeli chef restaurant in The Drisco Hotel in Tel Aviv, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World in a 19th-century building. The kitchen is run by chef Tomer Tal, the former chef at Haim Cohen’s Yaffo Tel Aviv. The menu includes a mixture of Mediterranean dishes including pasta, fish, seafood and meat. The restaurant is also every morning for a brunch buffet, for NIS 145 per person.

Gigi is a new bar, lounge and club on Rothschild, in the heart of Tel Aviv. The food menu includes a selection of small dishes, pizza and steak. The drinks menu includes classic cocktails, wine and bottle service.

T House Saloon & Garden is a new tea-themed restaurant and bar in ZOA House on Ibn Gvirol. The cocktails are all infused with various teas and the Asian food menu includes a selection of sushi, tataki, fried fish and seafood, and grilled dishes – full menu here.

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Sahki Sahki is a new bistro by Chef Yahaloma Levy. The focus of the menu is on fish and seafood, with lobster challah as the signature dish – full menu here.

Chef Moshiko Gamlieli has opened Bar 51 with Dana Yarzin. Gamlieli was formerly part of the Machneyuda Group, before becoming the owner of Mona, with partners Roi Tzabag and Itamar Navon, and then opening Anna (Kosher) Restaurant in Jerusalem. Bar 51 is the group’s first venture in Tel Aviv and is located on the ground floor of the Renoma Hotel, a boutique hotel on Hayarkon in Tel Aviv. The group also runs Cafe ‘Trumpeldor’ which serves breakfast, sandwiches and salads.

Fantastic is the latest opening by the Monkey Business Group (Bellboy, 223, Hotel De Ville). The Alice in Wonderland themed complex includes The Tearoom, a European restaurant in the magical garden, The Ballroom cocktail bar and Tea Party brunch which will open soon.

Chang Ba Yokneam is the second branch of what I believe to be the most authentic Thai street food in Israel. The original branch in downtown Haifa has been successful for the last few years, full review here.



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