(photo credit: Habasta)
Israelis no longer need to travel far and wide in order to experience the best restaurants in the world as two Tel Aviv eateries have been included in Newsweek Magazine's list of the 101 Best Places in the World to Eat .
Abraxas North and Habasta were both featured in the prestigious list of restaurants that were chosen by 53 of the top chefs in the world. The chefs were tasked with finding "the finest, oddest, most memorable dining hotspots in the world."
Habasta, located near the Carmel Market, is a popular location among in-the-know Tel Avivians. One of the judges, Jerusalem-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi said of Habasta: “This market restaurant is simple and utilitarian."
Ottolenghi, who has four upmarket food outlets in London, suggested that the pizza with white truffles was a dish worth trying. The specialty at Habasta, according to the list, is the Pumpkin Carpaccio.
Abraxas North, located on the trendy Lilenblum Street, is the brainchild of Chef Eyal Shani. Ottolenghi said that the whole baked cauliflower was well-recommended. According to Newsweek, the specialty dish at the upmarket restaurant is the Lamb Chops.
The only other restaurant from the Middle East that was included in the list was Pai Thai in Dubai, which was described as “Traditional Thai with a gourmet twist. Beautiful dining room, beautiful location with stunning views. A true treat," by Mauro Ferrari of Hotel Missoni Kuwait, Kuwait City.
Other notable restaurants that were featured in the list include Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare in New York and Croatia's Konoba Batelina.