Rachel is the CEO of TasteTLV, the ultimate
culinary guide for dining in Tel Aviv.
Often overlooked as one of the
world’s most romantic cities, Tel Aviv subtly sets the stage for nights filled
with passion and romance. The summer months tantalize the senses with a bevy of
outdoor celebrations of love and life. But when the warm season slowly
transitions into a Mediterranean winter and the city moves inside, proprietors
light the candles on small tables meant for two and shine light heaters upon
diners, draping patrons with a warm golden glow.
As many people around
the globe celebrate February 14 as a holiday of love and romance, we here in Tel
Aviv effortlessly attune our winter dining experiences to cozy cavernous
restaurants, outdoor gardens glowing with soft lighting, and elegant restaurants
with world renowned chefs.
With a burgeoning culinary scene, Tel Aviv
offers up many options for a romantic night out in the city. Here are our
choices for the top five romantic restaurants in Tel Aviv: 1. Dallal
True to Neve Tzedek
restaurant fashion, Dallal restaurant is snugly tucked into an unassuming corner
on Shabazi street. One peek inside the restaurant’s lush front garden offering
outdoor seating on white cast iron garden chairs whets the sensory appetite for
what is yet to come.
Dallal’s attention to pampering their patrons with
the very best is sure to evoke a romantic chord with diners. Boasting a menu
crafted from the freshest local produce and ingredients, the food here is both
beautifully executed and rich in flavor. Starting the evening with shared
appetizers is the perfect way to begin the Dallal evening. You may want to try
the highly recommended tuna shashimi with vinagrette and smooth wasabi avacado
mousse, or the porcini mushrooms with balsalmic cream. Entrees for a romantic
dinner course include rich meat dishes, oven baked fish and fillets, and pastas
topped with savory sauces.
End your night by taking a stroll in Neve
Tzedek and enjoying the mild winter breeze, coming from the sea. When your
stomach is full and your heart is happy, what else could be
Dallal offers a beautiful pampering brunch menu
on Friday and Saturday for those looking to cozy up in the daylight. Treat your
loved one to a feast fit for royalty.
10 Shabazi, Tel Aviv
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, 9 a.m. till 1
http://www.dallal.info/restIndex3.asp?pageId=31 Not kosher 2.
Yoetzer Wine Bar
For the past 13 years, Yoezer Wine Bar has been transporting
couples to the era of the Ottoman Empire. Converted from a 19th century wine
cellar erected from dark stone arches, candelabras dripping with wax light the
night for an unforgettable experience. The moment you arrive, a hostess will
guide you through a cavernous room with uneven floors, and cave-like walls
sprawling up to a vaulted roof. Once you take a seat in an ancient dining room
chair, your eyes begin to adjust to the dim lighting as you take in the
The Provençal French menu was constructed by one of Israel's
best-known gourmet chefs, Shaul Evron. The food menu focuses on simplicity and
excellence, while using fresh quality ingredients to make classic French and
Meals at Yoetzer are rich and satisfying to the core.
Place your order for one of their legendary steaks, or the "40 eggs-yolks
Pasta", which is served with Botardo (a Turkish delicacy of dried fish roe). A
lighter, yet still decadent option is the Crodo, a mouthwatering serving of veal
tartar with fresh truffles. To accompany your meal, the restaurant is most well
known for its excellent selection of wines from all over the globe. Yoezer is
said to have one of the most extensive and finest wine menus in Israel and
includes a selection from Burgundy, imported exclusively for the
Something about watching the candles flicker amongst the
cellar walls, blackened by the soot from years of burning wax, while sipping on
a delicious glass of wine, leaves a lovely imprint for years to
As you dine in the restaurant lit only by candle
light, it truly feels as if you and your loved one are the only people there.
Without any distractions, you can focus on each other and relax into the glow of
the night.2 Ish-Habira St. Jaffa (near the Clock's Square)(03) 683-9115 Hours:
Sunday to Thursday 12:30 p.m. till 1 a.m., Friday to Sat 11:a.m. till 1
Not kosher 3. Catit Insert
Celebrating a special occasion can be a task when
you are trying to find the perfect restaurant to match the momentous feelings
you have around the experience. At Catit, your every desire for pleasing that
special someone is met with style and decadence.
At Catit you have the option of
choosing from a mouth watering menu of appetizers and main courses, or let
renowned chef Meir Adoni make the choices for you in a decadent five course
meal. The five course tasting menu is expensive, yet worth its weight in
shekels. Piquing your taste buds with inventive flavor infusions as you and your
dining partner marvel at the exquisite presentation, will be sure to impress
even the most distinguishing critic.
Classically trained head chef Meir Adoni
brings his culinary influence from the Cordon Bleu to the tables of Tel Aviv.
His experience cooking in renowned restaurants from Paris to Australia to New
York, has certainly influenced the menu at Catit. The restaurant captures the
essence of Tel Aviv coolness with a note of French Country style. The large
dining room is spacious with a perfectly balanced ambiance of lush details with
crisp design. As Meir Adoni’s flagship restaurant in Tel Aviv, it’s clear that
the entire experience from the food to the table top is a labor of love.
beautiful spring or summer day, try Catit for lunch. They offer lunch specials
which you can enjoy in the simple and elegant garden setting.Romantic
Catit offers Tel Avivian’s a taste of European fine dining with a punch.
Nowhere else can you find such an adventurous menu with the gorgeous
presentation to match. If you or your loved one are attuned to artistic
presentation then the plates alone at this establishment will pique your senses. Helchal HaTalmud (03) 510-7001 http://www.catit.co.il/ Not kosher 4. Noa Bistro
Chef Nir Zook is renowned for his restaurant flair in Jaffa, and his culinary
delights bring Tel Avivians into the old port city to get a taste of his
creations. As is noted with all of our romantic recommendations, Noa Bistro
offers a combination of tantalizing tastes in a beautiful setting.
to Noa bistro on a date for the first time feels like taking your beau into a
secret garden brimming with life. Tables are set up in the restaurant between
two retaining walls - nestling you in a valley of green ivy and flower buds that
cascade down the brick walls. The extensive drinks menu offers inventive
cocktails, and the barmen are so well trained that they’re happy to mix you a
drink even if it’s not on the menu.
Appetizers at Noa Bistro are
moderately priced, and I highly recommend sharing a few with your companion
before the main course. The eggplant with local Labane is divine, as is the
smoked salmon appetizer dish. Main courses range from the ever-popular ravioli
with sage butter and white wine sauce, to noteworthy meat and fish
Noa Bistro also offers one of the city’s finest
brunch menus. Taking a date to the port of Jaffa for a lovely day by the beach,
and settling into the restaurant for the recommended “Chef’s morning” brunch
will having your taste buds singing in delight all day. 14 Ha Zorfim’, Jaffa Hours: 9 a.m.until last customer (breakfast is served until 12:15 p.m.) Business
menu Sunday-Thursday noon till 5 p.m.
(03) 518-4668 Ex. 2
http://www.cordelia.co.il/article.php?ID_Ctg=14 5. Joz v’Loz
ambiance paired with homey yet eclectic decorations of assorted pots and pans,
Joz v’Loz is perfect for a romantic meal. You can choose to sit in the garden
area cozily tucked in between two structural building walls, or take the
experience inside to the dimly lit restaurant. The focal point inside is a large
open kitchen glowing from the fireplace as dishes are inventively created for
the night’s guests.
A fresh flower upon each table and the glow of a
candle, speaks immediately to the simplicity and freshness of the restaurant.
When you receive your menu, be sure to notice the love poem incorporated in the
text. If you aren’t a fluent Hebrew reader, your waitress will explain the menu
to you and describe the specials of the day.
Since freshness is of utmost
importance at Joz v’Loz, you can expect a meal that will awaken your senses and
encourage you to share a bite with your dinner date. Whether you fancy the hand
made fine grain couscous with seasonal vegetables, or their famous fish kebabs,
there is a choice for every palate at this restaurant.
recommend starting off the meal with the house red wine as you take in your
surroundings. There’s nothing sweeter than a little buzz and a laid back feel as
you unwind in the evening with the apple of your eye.51 Yehuda Halevi
(03) 560-6385 Not kosher Rachel Brender is the CEO of TasteTLV and has a passion
for spice and flavor. She enjoys cooking in her home and creating new recipes
inspired from International chefs.
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