Top 5: Well-lit eateries in Tel Aviv
By J. GOLDSTEIN, M. CUTLER, AND K. ROBINS
During this year's festival of lights, check out these Tel Aviv hot spots with especially good lighting.
During Hanukka we are reminded that light gives us the power to see, and
has the ability to purify. It’s when we shine a light on something that
we gain vision and clarity and it’s the same light that clears the
space for our spirituality.
In honor of Hanukka, Taste TLV is
proud to shine a light on just some of the places that glitter every so
wondrously in the white city. Places that we can savor the holiday
season as a reminder to always surrounded ourselves with light and to
London Resto Cafe
a breezy, relaxing dinner under a spectacular blend of natural and
artificial lighting, London Resto Cafe on the boardwalk is a must. The
outdoor seating on the beach overlooks the water, glowing under a full
moon and stars, as well as the twinkling lights of the city.
parasols cover the tables, draped with softly lit strings of light. You
can make a date-night out of the romantic beach setting or plan a
girls’ night out for after-dinner drinks under the stars.
French onion soup with pastry dough baked on top or the Hawaiian
Burger, served with pineapple and a tangy sweet and sour sauce.
Diner’s tip: Hanukka
season gets chilly, especially with the ocean breeze, so dress to stay
warm in case you can’t get a seat by one of the outdoor heaters.
Herbert Samuel 111
Sunday to Saturday 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Mediterranean, burgers, seafood, cafe, fusion
Joz Ve Loz
high burgundy walls, dim lights, and the bare white candles placed on
small tin dishes, the lighting in Joz Ve Loz makes the place
delightfully haunting and magically mysterious. The eccentric vibe makes
Joz Ve Loz a fixture in the city for local artists and hip indie types.
This bohemian getaway hidden directly off of Yehuda Halevi is the
enchanting stop during the holiday season, celebrating the mystery and
miracles of Hanukka.
Recommended dish: The menu changes almost daily but if the Ramen Soup is on there, make sure not to miss it.
If you’re so not hungry, Joz Ve Loz is a great place to stop in for a
glass of wine and nosh on their mouthwatering homemade bread.
Yehuda Halevi 51
Sunday - Friday noon till 1 a.m.
its elegantly lit gorgeous garden setting to its impressive variety of
rich wines, Par Derriere wine bar on King George Street is the perfect
French getaway for Tel Avivians year round. Pretty sconces dot the walls
while modern drop light fixtures dangle from the trees above.
and artistic lanterns rest on tables, giving the bar a chic, sexy vibe,
reminiscent of the romantic streets of Paris. This Hanukkah, treat
yourself to a holiday inspired, whimsical evening at this truly unique
Tel Aviv hotspot.
Recommended Dish: Salmon skewers served atop rice noodles, with peanuts, black sesame, and teriyaki.
Make sure you reserve a table beforehand or you may end up waiting in
line (fortunately, it will be with a glass of wine in hand!).
King George 4, Tel Aviv
Sunday - Thursday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Friday 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday 6 p.m. - .2 a.m.
spacious, industrial space at Yona and the expansive windows exposing
the gleaming sun or moon glistening the Mediterranean Sea makes the
atmosphere luminous any time of day. The airy vibe sets a mood for a
laidback and refreshing meal.
Located in the beautiful Jaffa
Port, a lovely Hanukka day could include a look into some of the quaint
shops and handful of art galleries tucked around the old city, finishing
off with a wonderful meal at Yona.
Recommended Dish: The layered salads at Yona come in vintage mason jars, they’re delightful to look and a refreshing treat.
Diner’s Tip: Hand
Factory at 15 Netiv Hamazalot is a quirky little art gallery just steps
away from Yona that is highly recommended before or after your meal.
Jaffa Port, Hangar 1
Sunday - Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
is all about choices within its simplicity. With two branches - one on
the busy Rothschild and the other on quieter Basel - you can decide what
noise level and atmosphere you want to dine in.
Both spots are
authentically Italian with a romantic and sexy vibe. You can also
choose to sit at a table, with dim lighting and candles, or you can find
a seat at the bar, which gives a well-lit, all-encompassing view of the
The extensive wine selection matches the menu, giving
you even more choices. This is a place to celebrate Hanukka with a
loved one or a first date under the slow-burning lights of Italy.
Recommended dish: Sourdough bread to start, then move on to either the eggplant pasta or the four-mushroom pizza.
Diner’s tip: Make reservations if you want a table, although the bar is always crowded and a good place to meet people.
Basel 42; Rothschild 15
(03) 602-6969; (03) 510-0039
Sunday - Saturday noon - midnight
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