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Israel Foodie Roundup June 2020

News and Reviews from the Israel Foodie Scene.

As the Israel foodie scene is slowly returning to some sort of normality, it is exciting to hear about more places opening around the country. Of course, there is the inevitability that there are also lots of closings, but not all of them are related to Corona.


Dialna Frena Bar has opened on Agripas in Jerusalem, a few doors down the street from Hatzot and Jozef. All the dishes are served in Frena bread (Moroccan bun) and most of the fillings are slow-cooked meat dishes like veal cheek, asado and sweetbreads.

EatBarah (Mehadrin) is a new street food stand in Shuk Machane Yehuda, serving meat cones. Fillings such as schnitzel, asado and entrecote are served inside a thin crispy waffle, with salads and sauces.

Hummus HaNamer is a new hummus store in Shuk Machane Yehuda run by a Jerusalemite who is a third-generation shuk store owner.

Rubida (Tzohar) is a cafe in Mazkeret Batya (near Rishon) in a historic 100 years old stone-building. The menu is a mix of Greek and Turkish food, with fish and dairy dishes. Rubida is currently open until 8 pm on weekdays and Friday morning and afternoon.

Rubida - Kosher - Balkan Restaurant - Mazkeret Batya

Mama Julie (Mehadrin) in Shuk Tzafon is a Moroccan home-cooked style restaurant. Julie is the sister of Jackie Azoulay from Master Chef, who used to have a restaurant in the same location.

Not Kosher

BBQ TLV is a smoked-meat restaurant in the Old Train Station in Tel Aviv from the owners of Pitmaster in Petach Tikva. The menu includes sausages, short ribs, brisket, spare ribs, lamb and burgers. Side dishes include fries, mac and cheese and garlic bread. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday, 7 – 11 pm and is self-service with picnic tables.

BBQ TLV - Old Train Station - Not Kosher

The newly opened Hotel Bobo by Brown Hotels in Tel Aviv, has a rooftop restaurant and bar called Meli Melo, under the guidance of Chef Meir Adoni. The restaurant features a cocktail menu and has a DJ on certain nights.

Hotel Bobo - Meir Adoni - Restaurant - Tel Aviv

Merloza Carmel is a fish restaurant in Shuk HaCarmel. The menu includes fish and cheese dishes, as well as vegan options.

Merloza Carmel - Fish Restaurant - Carmel Market

If like me you are a big fan of Chef Sharon Cohen’s Shila and Café Europa restaurants in Tel Aviv, you will be excited to learn that he has opened a wine bar called Jango directly opposite Shila. Similar to Shila, the food menu focuses on fish and seafood.

Studio Cafe is the latest opening from the owners of Tel Aviv’s popular Fu Sushi restaurant. The cafe has a varied menu, including various breakfast choices, salads, soups and traditional mains, as well as an extensive sushi menu.

Sushi - Studio Cafe - Tel Aviv - Restaurant

The pita bar trend continues with the opening of Hinawi BePita on Carlebach Street in Tel Aviv (not connected to Hinawi in Yafo). The menu includes various meat fillings such as Arais, kebab, entrecote, merguez, chicken thigh, butcher’s cut and fillet steak.

Lola Martin is a fish restaurant in Herzliya Pituach from the owners of the recently closed iconic Jacko Sea Food restaurant Haifa. The complex comprises a fresh fish shop, a small fish & chips stand, as well as a sit-down restaurant. The menu caters to a younger market than Jacko did but still includes some classic dishes from Jacko such as seafood paella and garlic butter shrimps.

Lola Martin - Herzliya - Restaurant

Dolce Pizzaiolo is a Neopolitan style pizza restaurant in Raanana serving traditional Italian pizzas with a few Israeli toppings like tahina, pickled lemon and sabich.

Dolce Pizzaiolo - Pizza - Raanana

Bar Italia is an Italian restaurant facing the beach in the West Lagoon Resort in Netanya. The menu features homemade pasta and 72-hour pizza.

Al Forno is an Italian restaurant in Nazareth Illit with a view of the Galil.


Other Israel Foodie News

There are now food trucks in parks around Jerusalem. The food trucks include Segev Burger, Agadir Burger, Burgers Bar, Pizza Home and Gvinazz. It is not clear if there is a schedule for the trucks but it is organized by the

13 streets around Jerusalem become pedestrianized certain evenings and Friday afternoon to allow for more outdoor tables and chairs for restaurants. Here is a list of all the street closures around Jerusalem.

De Yaffa in the Flea Market in Yaffo hosts an Arabic food fair every Friday from 11 am to 2 pm. The fair features home-cooked Arabic food such as meat or vegetarian stuffed potatoes, peppers and cabbage.

Chef Meir Adoni is hosting a pop-up at Claro in Sarona of his former restaurant Catit on 20, 21, 27 and 28 July.

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