Lilyot bakery 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Have you ever walked by a bakery and wished you could taste some of everything – right then and there? Liliyot Bakery offers you that opportunity, more or less. It’s a bakery-café located adjacent to the Liliyot meat restaurant right near Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.
Patrons can opt to buy beautiful cakes, fresh, preservative-free French breads or quiches and take them home, or they can sit indoors or outdoors to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry, a salad or a sandwich.
My first bit of advice is to take a quick stroll around to look at the
displays, which are set up and spread out impressively in the large,
open space beside tall glass windows. If you choose to stay and eat,
order at the counter and take your food back to your table.
recent Friday, my friend and I decided to sit outside with some coffee
and treats. I was pleasantly relieved to receive a “hafuch” (latte or
cappuccino, depending on the place) that tasted more like coffee than
milk (NIS 13 for a large). My dining partner ordered an iced coffee (the
slushy kind) and was also pleased, noting that she wasn’t normally a
coffee person. We shared a mini pizza topped with olives, tomatoes,
Bulgarian cheese, fresh thyme and pizza cheese (NIS 20). It was nothing
out of the ordinary, but nothing to complain about, either.
didn’t try any of the salads or sandwiches, though some of the
combinations looked appealing.
We also plowed through four
pastries – not the pretty kind, but the kind you’d be less likely to
pick and more likely to love. The minicroissant (NIS 5) was crisp on the
outside, with almond slivers on top and a buttery and slightly sweet
inside. As I ate it, I realized how lucky I was not to live anywhere
near that bakery, because there’s no way I’d resist that croissant if I
passed it daily.
We were much less impressed by the
personal-sized kugelhupf (NIS 8), with its spongy yeast dough and
The chocolate-almond brioche (NIS 8) was dense
and rich, with a strong cocoa center and a buttery element. It was
enjoyable, but had to be eaten slowly. As neither my dining partner nor I
are confectionary connoisseurs, we never quite succeeded to identify
the fourth pastry, but we liked it! It looked like French toast and had
cinnamon and raisins, but was filled with a lightly sweet cheese
At the risk of sounding like an advertisement: Liliyot
Bakery offers a nice selection of reasonably priced loaves of bread,
tarts, quiches and some very enticing cinnamon sticks.
good place to sit with a laptop, friend or business partner, as it is
more spacious than many cafes around these parts. I noticed there gift
baskets available for purchase that consisted of a ceramic dish with
jars of jam, olives and granola inside. Plus, the bakery will prepare
trays for at-home functions. And like its neighbor Liliyot, the eatery
employs at-risk youth in the kitchen in order to give them valuable life
skills that they can use for gainful employment in the future.
not everything on the menu is a grand slam, it’s mostly good. The clean
environment and generous personal space certainly make the experience
pleasant. Plus, if you sample a few of the smaller items and end up
liking them, you can buy their full-size cousins and take them home for
the whole family to enjoy.Liliyot
Bakery, Rehov Dafna 2/Weizmann 4, Beit Asia, Tel Aviv, (03) 696-5658,