La Shuk 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
We had such a good time at La Shuk, that as we were leaving we felt jealous of
the people who had just come in.
It was not just the food – which was
delicious, fresh and at times even surprising – or the retro décor and Little
Tel Aviv atmosphere or the location of Dizengoff Square that for many years has
been abandoned by locals. It was all of the above and then some.
walked to the restaurant straight from the sidewalk of the lower part of the
square, trying to remind ourselves how things were before the elevation of the
center that robbed us of the piazza. Are we witnessing the return of the
mythological square we wondered, and sat down.
The restaurant has a few
dining areas – small intimate tables downstairs or a large one for parties
The food is local, light and fun, much like the place. Not too
informal or creative but very tasty, made from local ingredients and easy to
Few places in Tel Aviv provide the atmosphere that combines food
and alcohol. These folks managed to find something unique. The combination of
the Greek music and the open kitchen is just what you need to develop an
appetite while drinking a glass of ouzo or arak.
The menu seems to echo
that of many of the new contemporary places, but here it really is
We decided to start with an artichoke salad (NIS 46) and the local
version of beef carpaccio, called market carpaccio (NIS 42).
fresh and full of flavor.
The carpaccio, served with fresh parsley
leaves, excellent olive oil and slivers of Parmesan, was one of the best we had
The artichoke salad was not enough for my companion, so
she chose to continue with artichokes in the main dish as well. She ordered the
shrimp and artichoke in white wine, which she thought was very good and kept her
I went for the more meaty butchers’ cut, which is another trend
of the new places. This cut, which once was reserved only for the chefs and
kitchen staff, seems to be the new must-have dish, and thank goodness for
There were many other dishes that we were considering but decided
we didn’t want to overdo it. But the fish with eggplant, hot tomato, labaneh and
olive tapenade is a dish I most certainly will order the next time I am
For dessert we took one malabi (NIS 28), an Arab dairy dessert
that also made its way from the markets into the more trendy places
It is a trendy place, but one we bet will stay the
course.The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
92 Dizengoff, on Dizengoff Square, Tel Aviv
Open Sunday –
Saturday from noon