The battle of the best Romanian kebab is a never-ending story. For over 50 years, the Chaim Nello grill has upheld its glory. The dishes at Nello's are known throughout the country and people come from all corners to have the experience again and again. The decoration of the restaurant is that of a Romanian home, which creates a homely atmosphere. Other than the famous grilled dishes, one will also find a whole raft of Romanian salads and desserts.
For those who are fond of fish delicacies, Lupa Fish Deli is the place to visit. This traditional delicatessen is located inconspicuously on the corner of a side street. For decades, Lupo has conquered the realm of homemade fish, preparing botargo (a cured fish roe, typically from tuna), bonito (popularly eaten grilled, pickled, or backed), and soused herring (with a mild marinade). Whilst at Lupo, be sure to pick up some smoked salmon and okra salad as well!
At Chanan Margilan, one will find most classic Bukharian dishes, such as steamed dushpera dumplings, chebureki meat pies, and all of the other deliciously comforting, simple, yet wonderful dishes which originated from what was once the Bukharian Emirate in Central Asia. We must not forget that a Bukharian kitchen is never complete without the special main courses, such as palov, with carmelized onions and savory meat. If one's heart is seeking a unique culinary experience, allow Chanan's family to serve you a warm and traditional meal!
In 1947, Yomtov Levy had already opened a delicatessen in Turkey. When he arrived in Tel Aviv in the sixties, he envisioned his deli opening once again. Yom Tov Deli proudly serves homemade marzipan, jam, and almond cookies. On the savory side, cheeses, salads, and pickled fish quench patron's appetites. Shopping at Yom Tov always turns out a tad pricier than expected though, as it is too easy to succumb to delicious treats which weren't on your intended shopping list!
In 1922, Avi Puni, born from a Polish family, immigrated to Israel and opened the first cake shop in Yaffo. After a few years, the family moved to the city center and moved the confectionary with them. This bakery specializes in Bulgarian style baking, including a wide range of bourekas made from ancient Puni family recipes. Today, if you ask nicely, you may get the special opportunity to see the original recipe book, which was written by founders Avraham and Moshe!
Lechamin Bakery is a substantial patch of the fabric which makes up the intricate quilt that is the Carmel Market. Every weekday, the bakery's diligent employees start the day by preparing exemplary pastries using the recipes devised by Uri Shofet. On the shelf, one will find a fantastic assortment of bread, such as whole wheat, rye, and sourdough. Of course, there is no shortage of freshly baked cookies and sweets either!
The Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv follows the footsteps of the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem by raising the quality and standards of Tel Avivian hostels. Opened in 2016, The Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv is located on HaRakevet Street, 50 meters from the buzzing Rothschild Boulevard in the small neighborhood known as Electric Garden (Gan HaHashmal). It is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and nightlife, on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is within walking distance of the beach, Old Jaffa, and the edgy Florentin neighborhood. The hostel is additionally centrally located for public transportation access, including the handiest bus routes, the central bus station, and HaHagana railway station walking distance away.
When one mentions Levinsky Market, instantaneously, the name Bourekas Penso comes to mind. Since 1965, Penso has sold homemade Turkish bourekas, large and authentic, prepared on site, from the kneading of the dough through serving them hot from the oven. Cheese, spinach, and kashkaval (Italian sheep's milk cheese) are among some of the popular choices. There are delicious add-ons available, including hard-boiled eggs. Patrons often leave with a loaf of freshly baked bread as well, and wash it all down with an ayran, a satisfying, Turkish yogurt drink.
Amongst the oldest Persian restaurants in the Israeli food market is Salimi. It started out on Matalon Street and migrated to Nachalat Binyamin, with the goal of staying near the market, to ensure that only the freshest products would be used in their kitchen. With such tasty ingredients straight from the market, Salimi is successful in procuring colorful and flavorful Persian dishes. Salimi is a restaurant for the professionals, with no advertising to the public necessary- they simply make the best gondi in town (a chickpea and chicken dumpling dish, often considered the Iranian matzoh ball). The gourmet sabzi soup (an herb-based stew), and a myriad of grilled food is all it takes to lure in clientele. Other than the wonderful food, Salimi has a warm and cozy atmosphere.
The neighborhood-hangout feel and the old-fashioned chrome bar stools and wooden tables that make this place stand out. Evenings ring with live music.
For two decades, the Gueta family’s Libyan restaurant has stood the test of time. Each member of the family contributes to the menu, but everyone knows that no one can beat Grandmother’s couscous. The choice of dishes varies daily, according to the ingredients found in the market and by the direction the wind is blowing. No wonderful meal is complete without dessert though, so top off your meal with some semolina cake, accompanied by sweet tea and roasted peanuts.
Keton Restaurant began as a little watermelon stand sometime in the late forties when Tel Aviv had just began to take shape.
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