Judith S. Goldstein is the Co-Founder of TasteTLV. TasteTLV is the ultimate culinary guide for dining in Tel Aviv.
of the many great things about Israel is that it is so centralized in
the world, and its food culture is easily influenced by other countries.
Therefore, if you find you’ve had your fill of falafel, you can just as
easily find authentic Italian, Japanese, or South American cuisine
nearby. Since most Israelis have traveled across the globe and eaten
worldly cuisine, they won’t stand for sub-par ethnic food. As such, the
non-Israeli food you find in Israel is often some of the best dining you
can ask for. Here is our list of the best global treats Tel Aviv has to
every Israeli will tell you that they’ve traveled to Thailand. They go
for the hiking, the people, the nightlife, and of course, the food.
Fortunately for those of us who cannot make the flight, Thai House
provides a little taste of Thailand. Located on the corner of Bograshov
and Ben Yehuda, Thai House marks its territory in the very center of Tel
Aviv, making it easy to begin your night there or grab a quick bite
before heading off to the beach.
One of the many things that
makes Thai House such an authentic treat is that they grow their own
Thai produce. Their sweet basil, or “kapau,” is a staple in most Thai
dishes. And almost all their vegetable dishes have cooked “pakana,”
Chinese broccoli. For a great appetizer, try the “som tam”, papaya
salad. This refreshing dish includes green papaya, cherry tomatoes,
string beans, ground peanuts, garlic, and fresh lemon juice, and is
welcome on any summer day.
Insider tip: For
an authentic version of an overly westernized dish, ask for the
“pahadthai”, pad thai. This common favorite is prepared with sautéed
rice noodles, scrambled eggs, dried tofu, bean sprouts, spring onions,
and ground peanuts. The aroma that releases as it’s placed in front of
you, could very easily satisfy your appetite, yet with one bite, you’ll
never order pad thai anywhere else, unless of course, you find yourself
into Little Prague, you can’t help but feel you’ve left Israel behind
and finally made it to Europe. With so many Israelis being of Eastern
European descent, Little Prague almost feels like grandma’s kitchen, if
grandma had hundreds of beers lining the walls. The restaurant is
conveniently situated on Allenby, making it a great destination for the
night, or just for dinner. Little Prague offers traditional Czech food
and in typical Czech tradition, every meal can be paired with a fitting
Traditionally, Czech food is rich and filling, making this a
great experience to share with friends, dining “family style.” Try one
of the “traditional Czech dishes” from the menu: “sladovnickygulas”, or
brewmaster goulash. This dish includes tender beef chunks in a vegetable
stew served with “spaetzle” or flour dumplings. If you find yourself
uncertain of what to get, you can always ask the server for the
“nabidkadne”, dish of the day.
With the delicious food, strong
beer, and authentic atmosphere, step off the streets of Allenby and be
transported to the charm of Prague.
Insider tip: For
dessert, ask for the “palacinky”, sweet pancakes filled with vanilla
cottage cheese, raisins, strawberry jam, sprinkled with powdered sugar
and served with whipped cream.
is a Spanish and Latin-American fusion tapas restaurant-bar. It’s what
you imagine every night in Latin-America looks like: vibrant
decorations, a large colorful bar placed in the center of the
restaurant, lively music and wait staff, and of course... exotic tapas
and ceviche galore. The restaurant fills up quickly as so many people
await front row seats for the music, Latin atmosphere, and the vibrant
The myriad of ceviches are standouts on the
menu. The fish marinates in citrus juice, thereby cooking the fish in
its acidic sauce, but do not underestimate the care and passion that is
put into this meal, especially at Tapeo. For small meals you can share
with friends, experiment with the carpaccio de lomo, thin slivers of raw
beef filet with manchego cheese and homemade chili aioli. Ceviche is
just the start, there are several cooked options at Tapeo, which are
equally appealing and have all the characteristics of a Latin flair.
Insider tip: Try
the rock bass ceviche, a more traditional take on some of the
Israeli-Latin food combinations that Tapeo has to offer, this meal is
prepared with broccoli, peppers, cilantro, and a citrus juice, ideal
combinations sure to set off the appetite.
Sushi displays a balance of modern and zen, of preserving Japanese
history while staying true to the culture and tastes of Tel Aviv, and
most importantly of culinary balance. The fish at Fu is never frozen and
delivered fresh daily.
Each dish is prepared by chef Leon, who
was professionally trained in both Japan and Thailand and is adroit in
Asian culinary technique. This technique, enhanced by an established
palate, assists Leon in creating dishes which began as a marvel to the
eyes and end with delight to your mouth. He displays a true
understanding of the importance of textures, beauty, and flavors.
sushi, while also inventive, manages to stay true to tradition.
Exemplified in the Unagi Roll, made with cooked eel and in addition to
the traditional garnishes, topped with toasted sesame seeds and lightly
drizzled homemade eel sauce that is less sweet and a bit more tangy. The
Crunch Roll, chef Leon’s favorite, is filled with a spicy tuna that is
so fresh, the fat in the fish creates an almost creamy texture balancing
the rush of spice. The roll is surrounded by panko flakes then wrapped
with seaweed, covered with rice, and topped with tobiko, bursting with
an unbelievable flavor that does not compromise refinement.
Insider tip: Hot
off the press - Fu sushi is opening a private room for your next sushi
group event. For more information join our facebook group @tastetlv.
his intense study of Italian cuisine in Rome, Tuscany and Sicily, Chef
Rami created the kitchen at Olivery and designed the menu based on true
Italian classics and dishes that represent the multifarious Italian
cuisine. The pizzas are modeled after Neapolitan dough, the pastas are
reminiscent of Roman classics, and rich and creamy risottos come from
deep Northern Italian techniques, precisely cooking the risotto slightly
We love the mushroom pasta - Portobello, champignon,
porcini, and tartufo mushrooms are blended with slightly sweet, slightly
starchy homemade pappardelle and tossed with a luscious cream sauce.
All the pasta at Olivery is made from scratch, therefore they never
sacrifice quality. The four varieties of mushrooms play off each other
to bring a well-rounded, earthy yet refined taste.
both simple and exquisite; it feels expansive, yet intimate, and it’s
very quietly dramatic. The high ceilings, beige walls, touches of olive
green, and light wooden furniture provide a sense of Northern Italian
countryside in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Olivery is an ideal
place to take your children and simultaneously a fitting place for a
With a countless selection of Italian fare in the
city, Olivery is truly a standout. The winning combination of a
friendly, helpful and happy staff, unique, delectable dishes, and a
soulful chef running the kitchen creates a pleasant environment to truly
savor your meal.
Insider tip: The
house-made panna cotta will allow you to dip out of the hustling city
streets to Tel Aviv straight into a rural Italian farmhouse surrounded
by the scenic countryside as the fresh Italian vanilla bean slides over
your tongue and plunges into the heavenly abyss of your ever so
Jessica Hochstadt is currently an intern for
Taste TLV. She was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, where she
was lucky enough to grow up with a mixture of Brasilian, Cuban, and