Walking from downtown to Hadar we ended up at HaNevi’im avenue where we stopped at the Post Office to change some euros into shekels. Opposite the post office we noticed a small café/pub with outdoor seating. There were only a few people there, all of them seemed relaxed enjoying the sunny day with only 2-3 customers inside (there's no much space there anyway)
The waiter was very friendly and brought us the local beer Goldstar, he suggested the dark lager edition (14nis for a bottle), there were some light food/snacks for those who wanted to eat something but we decided to skip the food part at this time of the day.
After some beers we needed a WC of course but there wasn’t any inside, so the waiter he gave me some keys and tried to explain with not so good English that I had to go into the main door of the building behind and then do something else which wasn’t clear like behind another door/stairs…
So I got inside… an old man asked me what I wanted… I told him about the WC and he took me up to the second floor which was strange anyway and showed me a door. I tried every key I had but none of them was working. Then he patiently took me to third floor, a new door, the keys again, failed again… disaster was coming…
Hopefully a lady came and magically opened the door with her key, it was a magic moment… :)
It was a nice warm evening when we felt ecxausted of walking all over Haifa, we were near the main avenue Ben Gurion so we decided to stop at one of the numerous café/restaurants there. Shtroudl has plenty of tables inside but also outside so you can watch people passing by.
We had two nescafe with milk (14nis each), other beverages served:espresso (10nis), americano (12nis), mint tea (11nis), chocolate (18nis), hot cider apple(14nis), squeezed carrot juice/lemonade (14nis), apple cider (16nis), ice coffee (18nis), milkshake (26nis), softdrinks (10-14nis) and 9 beers (local Goldstar for 22nis others 24 to 34nis).
Although we didn’t eat we checked their menu, there were different mains (seafood, meat), salads etc Not many customers during our visit but the service was kind of slow, really slow, ok we didn’t order a meal but we felt like we were invisible…
Nando’s is a Portuguese-South African chicken restaurant that also has a number of outlets in Israel. Basically, it is a fast-food chain that offers chicken prepared in different ways, but especially grilled with a hot sauce called peri-peri. The president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is said to be a big fan of Nando’s.
The restaurant I went to with my hungry son, an engineering student at the Technion – Israel Institute of Engineering and Technology, was the one in Mercaz Ziv, a shopping center in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, a few minutes away from the western gate of the Technion. Decorated with plants, it’s a nice-looking place and not what you’d expect from a fast-food joint. There are dark wood tables and dark green chairs with caned seats, with a splash of color added by illustrations of bright red chili peppers and a wall mural explaining the origins of peri-peri. When the weather is nice, you can sit out on the veranda, although the view is nothing special – just a traffic circle. On a wooden stand are jars of Nando’s sauces and marinades, which you can buy to take home.
My son ordered a chicken baguette, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Inside the baguette were strips of chicken cooked in a mild hot sauce with lots of fried onions. When the waitress takes your order, she asks you what sauce you prefer, and how spicy you want it. We also ordered soft drinks, orange and lemon, which were your ordinary watered down juices, nothing special, but in particularly large glasses. The food was served on colorful porcelain dishes - not the cardboard containers that are standard in fast-food chains. On top of that, the bathroom was clean.
The chicken baguette cost NIS 24.95 (about $5), plus NIS 8.90 for each soft drink (about $1.90).
So…why did the chicken cross the road?
Moses’ answer: And God came down from the Heavens, and He said unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
Update: Oh well, Nando's is no more. Now the place is a bank...But there are lots of nice shwarma joints around there.
If you visit Haifa go to Panorama Shopping Mail. You reached it by the only subway in the city. Exit at the last station and then you can see the shopping mall in the hill infront of you.
Then go inside and at the right side you can see a long bar. Here you can also go to the parking garage.
Favorite Dish: Go to the waiter and ask for a coffee. Smile a little bit.
Then you get this what you can see at the pictures...
GREAT. I never seen that, this waiter should be worked in a better location than these bar.
Coffee (big) 10,30 Shekel
Nut Pie 15,45 Shekel
I think the waiter calls Matter Shoel.
We sat at a little table on the glassed-in patio of this café-restaurant for two whole hours and never had the feeling that anyone was in a hurry for us to finish up and leave. It was a lovely spring day, and the café was full of young mothers and baby carriages, attracted by the prospect of getting out of the house and eating healthy food to boot.
The menu lists many nutritious sounding dishes, promising mega doses of omega-3, olive oil and other such goodies. My creamy pea and pumpkin soup was nice, although the pumpkin was hardly detectable. My main course was a large bowl of Balkan penne – a pasta dish with mushrooms, sautéed Swiss chard and supposedly eggplant (I didn’t see any), sprinkled over with finely grated white Feta cheese, which was just salty enough without being overpowering. I washed this down with apple juice – not the clear brown stuff you get in a bottle, but a light green frothy liquid that had clearly been a fresh green apple just a few moments ago.
All this was good, but best of all was the fluffy garlic spread that came in a little pot, served with a dense homemade nutty-flavored bread. When we polished off the first tray, the waiter quickly brought another.
My friend ordered minestrone soup and salmon presented on a platter with roasted fennel and a rice mixture served in little wrapped bundles, beautiful to behold and a pleasure to eat.
While not dirt cheap, Café Louise is definitely a good choice for a meal laden with vitamins, minerals….and calories.
Favorite Dish: Hours: 7:30 am to 11-12 midnight, every day including Saturday
It was special because, it was right across the street from our hotel and the food was very authentic Israeli. Many dishes were made from eggplants. I never knewthat so many meals
could be made from this simple vegatable. The owners helped us select then they prepared a lovely meal that represented the restaurant.s fare.
Their beer was cold and inxepensive -- important for two Scotsmen who love beer.
Visiting Haifa in 2006 with my brother was exciting.
We spent three days there, using the city as base for touring northern Israel. At night time we went out to eat and drink in the many bars and restaurants on Ben Guiron
Street, at the foot of the majestic Bahia Temple. At night, it twinkles like a jewel-box and it is a perfect setting for an outdoor meal. Haifa was friendlier than any other Israeli town I had visited. We had been made welcome no matter where we went, but the Haifans were particularly warm and courteous. I cannot wait to return.
Favorite Dish: Eggplants in tomato sauce. Nice and spicy with loads of pita bread.
On one of the main streets on top of the hills in Haifa you wil find this nice, neat and well appointed coffee shop. The shop front will remind you of the streetside coffee shops of Europe where you can sit and watch the world go by while you enjoy your coffee. We choose on this hot summer day to sit in the cooler interior.
Favorite Dish: The chocolate milk was not the best, only adequate, but the chocolate and cream dessert that was served in a foot long thin dish (you can see it in the picture), perfectly shaped to scrape your teaspoon through, was to say the least great if not fantastic. The girls, Zohara and Hrvojka also told me that the cheesecake was "not bad at all" (also in the picture).
The Garden is a nice place in the middle of the German colony , Ben Gurion avenue and there is a great view of the Bahai shrine from here.
The place is mostly populated with local arabs and you can enjoy Nargile , good food and great atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: The dishes are very big and this is why it will look a little bit expensive but the dishes are really big.
Abu Shaker is very small restaurant with 3 tables outside and 4 inside.
The food that they serve is mainly Humus.
During the day the place is full and a lot of local people come to eat here.
Favorite Dish: I ordered Humus with ful , Tehina and parsley.
They also gave us pitta bread , french fries , salad and Mejadra which is rice and lentil.
Very good food and after we ate it (16:30) we were full for the entire day !.
Greg is a nice coffeehouse located in a few places in Haifa (the University , Kiryat Hayim , Carmel Center).
Since 1996 , open 24/7.
Nice place with good coffee.
Favorite Dish: I ordered cold white chocolate with cream and it was very good.
Here is a malabi recipe :
Ingredients for 6 poeple :
1 litter milk (or 1 litter water or 50%/50%)
1/2 cup of sugar (or less or none depends on your taste)
5 full tablespoons of corn flower
1 tablespoon of rose water (or more, if you want but it will be very sweet)
you can also add on top of the malabi ::
*Crushed almonds or peanuts
*A few drops of rose water
How to make the malabi :
Boil the milk (or 1 litter water or 50%/50%).
Mix well the corn flower with the 1/2 cup of water and pour it to the boiling milk as you stir.
Cook for a minute more and Add the rose water.
Stir a bit, and you're done.
Pour the liquid to 6 cups. Let the cups cool in the fridge for at least an hour or more (until it's 100% cold).
Just before you serve add the thing you want on top and enjoy your dish.
Knafe or knafa (you say the "K" and the "N" not the kn in knife for example and it sounds like ke'na'fe') is a sweet/salty desert.
It is made of cheese and a sweet sauce with pistachios.
This ia an arab desert and when you walk in the arab markets you can find a lot of places that sell knafe (Akko , Jaffa , Nezerth , Jerusalem , Haifa).
The Dolphin is a small restaurant located around the corner from the Bat Galim promenade in Haifa.We selected it ourselves and ate there our first night in Israel in June 2006 and had an excellent meal .We started with some delicious fresh bread and then spicy calamari. This was follwed by a HUGE salad with fresh avocado,corn ,etc which the three of us could hardly finish. Then came the very good fresh local fish which was lightly coated and panfried. Excellent food and friendly service. Nice to precede the meal with a brief walk along the Bat Galim promenade a seaside walk as we did.
Favorite Dish: Fresh fish delicately panfried
Cafe Bank - Ha'nasi Ave.
Cafe' Restaurant Hashmura - Chenkin St.
Achim Slach - Oriental food Restaurant - Hameginim St. (above the carmelit)
Hachavit Pub. - Dado beach
Camel Cafe & Restaurant - at nights lots of music and dance.
Dolphin Restaurant - Bat Galim Beach
Jacko Sea Food - By the port, one of the best seafood restaurants.
Musa Dag - Sea Food - Bat Galim walkway.
Neptun - Fish Restaurant -i n Bat Galim by the sea.
Lots of small places to eat Falafel & Shawarma you can find in Yafo Street, just on the way to Check Point Junction
Okey, this is not just one restaurant I'm introducing, Ben Gurion Avenue is a street full of different kinds of restaurants and it's a great place ot eat in Haifa.
The Ben Gurion street was originally full of German templer's houses, but nowadays it is conquered by restaurant keepers. :P Ben Gurion avenue continues as the Bahá'í Terrace Gardens, and that's why you can have a BEAUTIFUL scenery while you're eating. At night the gardens and the Shrine are amazingly lit and during the day the flowers and palm trees of the gardens as well as the beautiful marble used to build the terraces can be seen from the avenue. This is why I recommend eating outside the restaurants (all of the restaurants have outside tables because of this scenery).
Favorite Dish: From Ben Gurion you can find all kinds of restaurants. Cheap, expencive, local, traditional, chinese, indian... the list is long. Just walk the avenue and you'll find the perfect restaurant for you.
ATTENTION!! During your visit in Haifa, PLEASE taste some shwarma and falafel. Shwarma is basicly kebab in pita-bread and falafel is vegetarian balls mafe of kick beans, also served with pita-bread and vegetables. These dishes are sold in every street corner in Haifa, and they are like fastfood kiosks. The food is cheap and you can make it like you want: in most places you get the bread and the meat/falafel and you can stuff the bread with a variety of vegetables (usually there are some 20 things to choose from). The fyyyyyd is GYYYDD!! :):)
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