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Israel Foodie Roundup September 2021

News and reviews on the Israel Foodie scene.

Although it has been a month filled with Chagim, there is still plenty of foodie news to report. The opening of D City in Maale Adumim with many restaurants from all over the country due to open branches in the future. Other highlights include Sphera Kitchen & Bar in Rehovot and Umai Japanese restaurant in Yaffo.

Make the most of the last few weeks of sunshine and get out and about before winter sets in.

Kosher Restaurant News

D City Design center in Maale Adumim opened recently with a large piazza based on the design of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The plan is for this piazza to be the biggest food location in Israel, with a large selection of restaurants and food stalls. So far only a few places have opened including Melody Cafe, Knafe Jerusalem from Shuk Machne Yehuda, Cafe Neeman, Katsefet (ice cream store), and B Fresh (smoothies and yogurt). Other restaurants scheduled to open soon are Meatos and Fish Market by Meatos from Tel Aviv, Luciana Italian House and Tzipora Express, all kosher.

Golden Burger is a burger restaurant on Rehov Hillel in central Jerusalem from the Rothschild Group. The burgers are made from 100% entrecote steak and are served on a toasted brioche bun with a  signature homemade sauce. I have already tried a Golden burger which was juicy and well-seasoned. The seared halves added a caramelized flavor and made it easier to eat. I highly recommend it!

Mokaya is a chocolate shop in Kikar HaMedina in Tel Aviv, selling chocolate bars, chocolate eggs, pralines and dragee.

Now Rooftop Restaurant is a dairy chef restaurant on the roof of the new Now Hotel in Eilat that is open all day.

Nyx Bistro Bar is a meat restaurant in the lobby of the Nyx Herzliya Hotel in collaboration with Chef Aviv Moshe.

Omami Sushi is a sushi restaurant in The First Station in Jerusalem. The restaurant has other branches in Pisgat Zeev and Maale Adumim.

Sphera Kitchen & Bar is a meat restaurant in the Colonia Event Resort in Rehovot, near the Science Park. The restaurant is headed by Chef Beni Madar.

Synn Cafe (Tzohar) is a small local cafe on Rehov Yannai near Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem.

Yama (Ruben Mehadrin) is an Asian restaurant in Har Hotzvim in Jerusalem.

Not Kosher Restaurant News

Bakery by Jacobs is a new branch of Jacobs Bakery in Ramat Hasharon.

Benz Brothers burger restaurant in Florentine has opened a new branch on Ibn Gvirol in Tel Aviv.

The R2M Group has opened a new branch of Delicatessen in Kikar Rabin in place of Brasserie restaurant.

Felix Wine Bar is a bar in Tel Aviv from the Bellboy Group with a wine, cocktail and bar food menu.

Pizzeria Flora has opened a branch for delivery and take-away only,  on the corner of Radak and Ben Maimon in Rehavia.

Hahatzer Achorit (The Backyard) is a deli in the Shefayim complex between Herzliya and Netanya serving local produce and food products.

Lager & Ale has opened a branch in Mizpe Ramon.

Midas is a chocolate and ice cream store on Ben Yehuda in Tel Aviv. Ice cream flavors include raspberry & pistachio, chai & coconut, and salted caramel. The store is dairy but not supervised.

Ol’e in the restaurant by Chef Oren Asido in the Selina Neve Tzedek hotel in Hamesila Park in South Tel Aviv. The food is a combination of Spanish and Moroccan tapas-style dishes,  as a tribute to Asido’s Spanish Moroccan origins.

Umai is a Japanese restaurant in Yaffo run by Chef Alex Abramov who worked in Japan for six years. The restaurant has a sake bar and bar-style menu to go with the drinks. The menu includes various Wagyu beef and raw fish dishes, but not sushi.

Other Israel Foodie News

Dalia is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Paris by French Israeli Chef Or Bitan with a focus on shared plates.

Gracia Restaurant (Kosher) is an Italian restaurant due to open in mid-October in Mevaseret Zion by Chef Moshe Dvir. Chef Dvir has worked for Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, and top Israeli restaurants, Topolopompo, Haachim, Mona, and Machneyuda. The menu will focus on Italian cuisine with Spanish and Galilean influences.

Malka Burger Bar restaurant which was formerly Cafe Yaffo will be closing in October.

Milk & Honey is a restaurant by Chef Tom Aviv in Casablanca, Morocco.

Rashel Restaurant (Kosher) from Ashkelon Marina will be opening a new branch in Namal Tel Aviv.

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