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If you are looking for authentic and tasty Thai food in Tel-Aviv, "Tiger Lilly" is a very good option.
It is located in the upmarket high-tech business and entertainment district of Kiryat Atidim in Ramat Ha-Chayal. The decor is modern, with a large photo of the Thai king near the entrance wall.
The menu offers a wide selection of first courses, soups, wok dishes, curries and fish and seafood dishes. We had papaya salad and Thai-style chicken wings for first courses, and curry dishes and sauteed fish for main courses. Everything was tasty and everyone in our group was happy. The service was friendly and efficient.
"Tiger Lilly" is open daily from 12:00-24:00; there is a special business menu for lunch.
Written Mar 16, 2013
Address: 32 Ha-Barzel St., Tel-Aviv
Mike's Place is an Irish pub at the seaside, It's one of the rare places where expats feel at home and where you can watch the sports channels on TV. Also expect live music in the after hours.
I must mention the excellent fish and chips they serve!
Open from 11AM till the last customer
Written Nov 23, 2012
Address: 86 Herbert Samuel - Tel-Aviv
Sharon suggested dinner in this trendy tapas restaurant in the historic center of Tel-Aviv.
This proved an excellent choice. The decor and the atmosphere recall original Spanish tapas restaurants; the menu is interesting and creative.
The menu is divided into vegetarian tapas, fish and seafood tapas, and meat tapas.
Our pick from the fish and seafood section was New-Orleans calamari, which were excellent; in this section of the menu you can also find items such as tuna sashimi, Ortiz anchovies, spicy island yellow-tail tartar and shrimps in thread-like Turkish kadaif.
Our choice from the meat tapas was ginger paella with chorizos and chicken, which was very good; other meat options include sweet & spicy red spare-ribs, fois gras with apples. sinta burger and more.
Vegetarian tapas include artichoke with hot labneh cheese, cauliflower in almond cream (our choices: very tasty), fried mushrooms, tomatoes with goat cheese and herbs, and others.
The restaurant also has a reputation for its sangria.
This was a very good dining experience!
Written Sep 15, 2012
Address: 27 Achad-Ha'Am Street, Tel-Aviv
Amazingly, this was one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.
It's half way between a takeaway and a proper restaurant - a few tables on the street, a few more 'high' tables and chairs which never encourage you to stay, along with bar and window stools inside and a couple of sofas.
Whole place is dominated by the bar and grill where the chef prepares your food.
It's based on the standard burger plus extras, with the burger coming in at 200/300 and 400 grams (with a couple of extras the 200g is more than enough). It's not Kosher, so cheese (emmanthal) is available. Add mushrooms and that's enough for me with the lettuce and tomatoes. But the side dish of garlic chilli 'fries' were extraordinary (in real terms they are patatas bravas).
Beers and wine also served if inetrested - as are all the other extras for the burger.
Favorite Dish: Burgers - and those garlic chilli fries!
Around NIS 45 for the burger plus extras - I paid NIS 80 in total (including a coke).
Written Jul 29, 2012
Address: Bograshov 45
Sumptuously stylish is the best way to describe Messa as you walk into a long, thin dining room having gained entry past security and the painted out shop-sized window which simply says Messa.
It's extraordinary as a series of high tables and high chairs run down the centre of the room (all white and white pine), oversized lamp shades (white of course) hanging low over dinners, polished silver cutlery and candelabras.
Running down the side, a series of semi private banquettes, 2 or 3 per alcove, fabrics and cushions adorning the seating and walls - all various shades of.... white.
Food is stunning, grounded in French and modern European but with a Pan Asian twist - so lots of risotto, gnocchi, carpaccio and extraordinary vegetables - along with plenty of meats to chose from.
And then there's the bar next door - which is all black.....
Favorite Dish: A whole range - but the simple steak - a thick lump of tender wagyu - served with mash was divine as was the fish...
Updated Jul 22, 2012
Address: Ha'arba'a 19
The ultimate in breakfasts, Benedicts is open 24 hours and it to be found in 2 places - 171 Ben Yehuda in the north of the city and the corner of Allenby/Rothschild.
Laid back, enormously popular, expect to queue virtually any time of the day. But don't think croissants and toasted sandwiches.... :)
Think enormous salads, shakshuka, muesli, pancakes, eggs and more. Israeli breakfasts, American, English. You want steak and eggs? An eggplant and feta shakshuka? A Greek salad? But remember - the portions are enormous!
(Ben Yehuda is smaller and less frantic - pictured).
Favorite Dish: Eggplant and feta shakshuka is fantastic... As is the Greek salad, served with bread rolls and jams/butters. The food is incredibly fresh...
Written Jul 22, 2012
We chose this sushi place because of its location - Neve Tzedek - away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The place is really tiny - a few tables outside, and a row of seats facing the windows inside. But the sushi and sashimi was some of the best (and most varied) I've ever had.
Favorite Dish: anything rolled inside out...
Updated Jun 24, 2012
Address: Shabazi St
We had dinner twice at the Boccaccio restaurant, because it was so convenient to our accommodation. Food was good though not authentic, and it not kosher, meaning it's open every day and - should you want - can eat pork, there. The staff was nice but pay attention to the foreign language menus: there are two diffferent types, one of which has food that doesn't exist.
Activity Hours: sun - sat: 12:00-00:00
Favorite Dish: I had tagliatelli carbonara topped wit a quail egg. They were good, although carbonara sauce should not be served with tagliatelle. Having said this, I had them twice.
Updated Jun 24, 2012
Address: 106 Hayarkon Street
Casbah de Florentin, as its name might suggest is located in the Florentin district of Tel-Aviv. You can find this on the southern border of Tel-Aviv, seperating Tel-Aviv from the adjoining city of Yaffo (Jaffa). This is an old neighbourhood that went to seed and in the last 10 years is seeing a resurgence and infusion of young people, in other words it is undergoing a facelift and today is an enjoyable place to enjoy a coffee shop or cafe.
The Casbah de Florentin is set in a sort of storefront type place and you might walk by without noticing it unless you look inside the small outdoor seating area that is filled with people and sometimes their pets as well. We asked our friend Guy, who is one of the chefs there, and he told us that this is quite often the case. Cannot quite describe the "decor", it is a small almost bohemian style with nothing quite matching. But the food more than makes up for its lack of "elegance".
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the shrimps marinated in wine and thai sauce. The accompanying salad was a simple Israeli salad, but extremely fresh.
Written May 8, 2012
Address: Florentin 3A
Tel Aviv is packed to the gills with restaurants, but kosher restaurants are not that easy to find. Looking for a place for a family party of ten on a Saturday night, there were not a whole lot of options, but we finally chose Meatos grill bar and were quite happy with our choice.
The restaurant is centrally located near the Tel Aviv Museum on the ground floor (street entrance) of an imposing office building called Beit Asia that is hard to miss with its facade of undulating white strips. It was a cold rainy night, but the covered patio where we were seated was warmed by overhead heaters that imparted a red glow to the dark interior. The décor is chic and elegant, with dark wood tables and black leather chairs and a bit of color added by the red globes on each table holding flickering tealights. Personally, I thought it was a bit too dark (I like to see what I’m eating), but it was definitely atmospheric.
Meat, of course, is the star here, as you can see from the name of the restaurant, (actually, it’s a pun on the word “mythos” which is pronounced “meatos” in Hebrew). While waiting for our order, we nibbled on some tasty cracked olives that were set out on the table. Our order included a variety of starters and grilled meats, from chicken and beef skewers to hamburgers, with mashed potatoes or French fries on the side. The oldest member of our party (91) enjoyed her filleted St. Peter’s fish, and the vegetarian, who sheepishly confessed that she still eats fish, liked her ceviche of red tuna.
My hamburger was very good, grilled medium well, as requested, and seasoned with lots of black pepper. I don’t eat hamburgers very often, but this I’m sure this one was a far cry from the junk food variety. The bun was a bit overwhelming so I left most of that on the plate, and the fries were on the burnt side. Dishes that got special raves were the beef tortilla and the mushroom tapas. We were all pretty full, but since this was a party, we shared two desserts – the Ferrero Roche mousse and the hot apple tart with ice cream (non-dairy) that came with a sparkler on top. We each got a spoon to dig in, and I am pleased to report that we licked the platter clean.
The bill for the 10 of us was NIS 798, approximately 80 shekels per person, which seems reasonable these days.
Favorite Dish: Catering: Meatos also operates a catering service and an events hall for up to 200 guests
Written May 2, 2012
Address: 2 Weizmann Street, Tel Aviv
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