As well as information about openings and closings, I have also included reviews of some newish places I have visited recently. There are also some great food and wine events coming up this month so make sure you read to the end.
Pergamon Restaurant – a new vegetarian restaurant on Horkanos in Jerusalem. The food is Mediterranean style and they also serve cocktails with a focus on Gin and Tonics.
Azza 40 closed down on Azza and will soon reopen as R&R Diner at 33 Yafo in the city center. It will be interesting to see if the style is the same and I wonder what will open on Azza instead. Any ideas?
Tel Aviv & Merkaz
Resto French Kitchen (Kosher) has just opened next to the Fashion Mall on Ha’Hashmonaim in Tel Aviv. Another French import, dishes include Salmon Tartar, Beef Tartar, Beef Bourguignon and Tarte Tatin.
Bar B Que (Kosher) is a new restaurant in Herzliya Pituach which is a great option for groups to share lots of dishes and platters. Our favorites were the chicken wings, Asado and the smoked pulled beef. Will definitely go back and try the burgers, here is the full menu. The service was efficient and friendly and there is spacious seating.
L’Aile ou la Cuisse (Kosher) in Tel Aviv is the sister of one with the same name in central Paris, with the exact same menu (full menu here). There are a few dishes that they are not always available (like Foie Gras Terrine and Veal Shnitzel) but otherwise, the menu is that of a typical French Rotisserie and we loved everything we had. The restaurant is well designed with a relaxed atmosphere and you can see into the kitchen to watch the chef perform his magic. The service was efficient and friendly and we all loved our food and the experience in general. They also have a business lunch from NIS 59.
Kitchen By Greg (Mehadrin) Sarona, Tel Aviv – although this place is not fancy, it is the only kosher meat cafe in Sarona (not including fast-food stands in the market). The menu is varied, it is well priced and the setting is peaceful. I enjoyed a business lunch with a colleague, which includes a free starter (from a limited selection) for the price of a main course. I had the Vegetable Antipasti, followed by the Country-style Salad with Chicken (NIS 52) which was fresh and tasty. My colleague had a rich Bean Soup and the Asian-style Salad (NIS 48), which she found filling and well cooked. Kitchen By Greg is a great place for a comfortable lunch or light dinner, here is a link to the full menu.
Taj Indian Restaurant (Kosher) Or Akiva – for those looking for a kosher Indian experience, this small restaurant near Caesaria seems to be a good option. Click here for a full review in the Jerusalem Post.
Night Cookie (Dairy – No Hechsher) – Tel Aviv has a new late-night food delivery service, specializing in cookies fresh from the oven. Deliveries are Wednesday to Saturday 21:00-02:00 and include traditional cookie flavors, as well as more interesting Toffee Caramel and Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate and Chili, as well as three vegan flavors. Cookies are NIS 8.50 each and delivery is free with a minimum order of NIS 30.
Upcoming Foodie Events
Mateh Yehudah Wine Festival, November 2-25, 2017. Special events will take place in various wineries all over the area every weekend in November, but the main event is the opening at Yad Hashmona Hotel.
In other news
Asian American food blogger Mark Wiens of Migrationology documented his foodie tours of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Bethlehem, Ramla and Nazareth. The narration style is slightly over-enthusiastic (he reminds me of a cartoon character but I cannot work out which one) and everything he tries is “wow” but it interesting to see which places are included in these documentaries and there is a list of all the venues in the description section below each video so you don’t have to watch them.
- Debbest: Tasting Tour of the Shuk
- Debbest: Shopping in the Shuk
- Debbest: Top Ten Kosher Restaurants in Israel
- Succot in the Holy City – 2017
To read previous monthly roundups, click here.