As the restaurant scene in Israel is so dynamic, I thought it would be helpful to start writing updates on recent openings and closings. The focus will be on my hometown Jerusalem, but I will also include other news from the last few months.
- Urban Café (Mehadrin) – a small dairy chef cafe near the shuk with elevated salads, sandwiches and pizzas. The ingredients are fresh and the menu is creative. I loved the tuna melt and their brownies and cookies look delicious.
- Bakshish (Kosher) – the sous-chef from Jacko’s Street has opened a tapas and cocktail bar in the old Jacko’s Street location. Very much a bar with food, the decor is beautiful, the bar is very well stocked and the tapas dishes are nicely presented and executed. Mostly an Israeli crowd, but it is good to have a fancy bar in the shuk area.
- Ofaimme (Kosher) – Ofaimme Farm has opened a second branch in Beit Hansen serving organic farm to table produce with a focus on cheese and pastries. There is also a shop attached to buy produce to take home.
- Rachel ba Sdera (Kosher) – thanks to Rachel from MasterChef, Jerusalem finally has its own Boulevard cafe on Sderot Ben Maimon in Rehavia. The small kiosk sells salads, sandwiches and drinks.
- Amster Bar (Mehadrin) – Dutch style chips/fries in the shuk (Rehov Haegoz) with loads of interesting sauces including chocolate, peanut butter and alfredo. They also have sausages and a large selection of beers.
- Hatch – a craft beer taproom with artisanal sausages which is directly opposite Amster Bar (where Steam used to be). Not been myself but reports so far have been very good.
- Hamotzi (Kosher)– moved location and is now on Rehov Yafo, right next to the entrance to the closed shuk. The location is much bigger with an upstairs gallery and lots of tables outside.
Tel Aviv Openings
- Kukuriku (Not Kosher)– Chef Ran Shmueli of Claro fame, has opened a rotisserie chicken stall in Sarona market.
- Calypso (Not Kosher) – Tel Aviv finally has a chef restaurant on the beach, thanks to Omer Miller of HaShulchan and Susu & Sons. The traditional seafood tavern on Frishman Beach is open day and night.
- Fish and Chips by Fauchon in Sarona Market has closed down – the setting and concept never seemed to work. It will be interesting to see what opens instead in such a prime position. Netachim inside Sarona Market has also closed but Fleishman Deli is still their sandwiches are delicious.
- Crubis and Tahrir in the Jerusalem shuk have both closed down, leaving two more stalls for new places to open in.
Chef Aviv Moshe, one of Israel’s best chefs, is opening a bar and restaurant on the corner of Beit Yaakov and Agripas called Valero. He is most well known for his restaurants Messa and Quattro in Tel Aviv so I am excited to see what the concept will be for this new venture in Jerusalem.
My Recent Reviews
- La Padella brings a taste of Europe to the Jerusalem Shuk
- Hotel Review: Ultimate Urban Style at Ultra
- Jacko’s Street: A Winning Combination
- Les Jumelles – A new French Café near Abu Ghosh
Let me know if you like this style of posts and if there is anything else i should include in the future.