This four star modern, comfortable restaurant has a nice dining room on the inside and covered terrace outside. They offer an elaborate buffet and some perfectly stationed tables.
Opened in 2000, the hotel was constructed around the ancient olive tree that gave shade to the pilgrims' caravans before they entered the sacred city. It's a stupendous establishment to eat or stay in.
This restaurant whose name means, rich and tasty (we were told) was a great way to get started in the traditional local cuisine. While waiting for your dishes, you get a lot of salads and dips (hummus, tahini ...) to whet your hunger. These are all on the house, and they come with pita bread which is great. After you can choose from lots of dishes with the specialties being the grilled meats, chicken, beef, kebab and especially lamb. The staff is exquisite, and you will find plenty of new flavors to love.
Jerusalem is a city that expands far beyond its walls. This restaurant is located outside of the historic center and is a fantastic example of kitchen history that's away from the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem. All the dishes are meant to be shared, following the recommendations of the staff and some of the Israeli friends who accompanied us, but with a letter as wide ... the truth is that we had a lot of options to choose from and it was all delicious.
The peaceful Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel is located on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, just a 10 minute drive from the town Tiberias. It offers comfortable rooms overlooking the lake, gardens or mountains, and you have the possibility to eat at the buffet in the large dining room, which is operated by the kibbutz inhabitants. They offer a delicious vegetable and cous cous soup, a variety of fresh vegetables grown in their fields used to prepare salads, and chicken or beef stew accompanied by roasted potatoes or rice. The desserts are really well made.
If you spend a few days in Jerusalem, a city with little welcome for visitors is in Emek Refa'im (Main Street from neighborhood during German Ottoman period). There are cafes, restaurants and shops that are missing in the city center. Its origin is the German colony that settled there in the 19th century. The people liked to identify themselves with the spirit Templar (military and elite) and its iconography. The cemetery of the Temple friends, and some other remnants of the era are well-preserved, even though the are not in use. During British rule, many of its houses were occupied by wealthy Arabs, from where they were expelled in 1948. You can eat at number 35 (קפה, Caffit). A little lower on the street (number 64) there is an old and comfortable café. There is wifi in most establishments.
Along with its magnificent decor it offers a very nice environment, because along with its terrace it gives a calm air that make it seem that it is in a different zone than in one of the central streets of Tel Aviv. It is usually quite busy because the atmosphere is great but can be a bit noisy. The cuisine is excellent and it has a variety of wines and beverages.
The Restaurante Pedro is close to the tourist attractions of Eilat, but it differs from the others because it offers a place that's so cozy that it's an awfully nice place for a good dinner. Home environment and the ability to mix incoming Israeli food good grilled meat second, accompanied by a good bottle of Israeli wine.
I never tire of recommending this restaurant so I will tell you something very clearly: GO. The Humus restaurant is in the main part of the Carmel market. To be more specific, closer to Rothschild Avenue then the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood. If you walk towards the centre, you will see it on the left. Do not miss it. Maybe this is a somewhat lacklustre introduction to what is one of the best memories of my trip to Israel. After eating at good places, less good, decent, posh, normal ... we found this little place, with a sign at the entrance that left no doubt in our minds: HUMUS. This is a great place, the amount of tables and chairs suggests that it's usually more crowded than on the day we went. Very clean, so if you have high standards (I don't!) you won't have a problem eating there. Surely there is more on offer than humus, but with the language barrier and being incapable of reading the menu, we just made gestures and signs to the owner to ask for what we wanted (humus and chickpeas). He indicated for us to sit down and wait. Simple and authentic food: hummus and pita bread. With a refreshment, we didn't pay more than 25 to 30 shekels per person. I loved this place, and I will find it again when I return to Israel. For now, I recommend it. Have I not said yet? GO! ;)
The restaurant is a great alternative for lunch or dinner and is located in Shlomi Arazim, less than 5 minutes drive from Belzet. It is a modest restaurant run by a family of Lebanese Christian refugees following the Second Lebanon War of 2006. A modest restaurant not known for its decoration, metal chairs and a cooler of Coke in the middle of the room, but for its food which is a real treat. As I am not an expert on this kind of food, I will just mention a few dishes and leave you with the pictures to give you an idea. In line with the cultural tradition many starters to share, are all served up at once. Afterwards each guest order a main course if so desired. We had dozens of types of labneh, tabouleh and hummus, all accompanied by the ever present pita bread and topped with lamb and rice. Although perhaps a little excessive after all we had already eaten, it was excellent. The device and treatment by the staff and the owner could not be better. Judging by the number of people who still dined there when we left at 10:30, it is a every successful restaurant. If your itinerary includes a tour of Israel's northern coast and you pass near Shlomi, it may be worth your while to dine at Restaurant Arazim.
Port Said is a spectacular place, a Spanish style tapas bar with a great, if not a little hipster, atmosphere. There's always a DJ mixing and hundreds of vinyl on the walls. Here summer is very long so people eat outside in front of the Great Synagogue or in the nearby gardens. The menu includes a variety of dishes that combine Mediterranean flavours with European or international dishes (carpaccio with ratatouille and hot spices, for example) served with plenty of bread in a Spartan environment. The place was born from the idea of the great chef Eyal Shani (judge in the local masterchef), which has also opened Miznon. In an expensive city (or rather overpriced) like Tel Aviv, the price is a shock. The menu is only in Hebrew, then you better ask for suggestions, but I recommend the carpaccio and ratatouille. On Friday, it closes at 19 to respect the Sabbath. The rest of the week, it opens at 12 until late.
Simply the best pitta in the entire city. Miznon is another place devised by Eyal Shani, famous Israeli chef (and star of the local Masterchef). He interprets street food with high quality, and fresh ingredients. Although prices are not low end (about 15 euros per person), it is incredibly successful, and there is always a queue until closing time (around one). The King George is the second Miznon in the city (the first is at Ibn Gvriol, 23). With vegetation decorating the room. Another advantage is the fish! You must try the chicken liver with cauliflower, contour pittas with ice cream pittas for dessert, apparently inspired by the ice cream tried by Shani in Sicily. The menu is also in English.
Lovely restaurant in a shared courtyard on the side of Jaffa street, And despite it's intimacy Barood wouldn't go unnoticed. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with warm and inviting colours with an air of disorder, without ever becoming irritating. It features live music next to a menu of Mediterranean flavors and a good selection of wines (and beers). It is low cost, but it is worth considering that the place is really very cute, and you can eat well. Apparently it is well-known in Jerusalem, as the clientele is mostly local.
The Sogo Grill Bar is on the main avenue in Naharyia situated in Northern Israel. It was built two years ago and is a 3 minute walk from the sea. It is a bar meets restaurant frequented mostly by people who come out at night. It has music all the time and the atmosphere is very relaxed and is closer to a lounge bar (big screen, music, lighting). It is a halav restaurant, which means there is no meat or poultry food, but there are cheese and milk dishes, on the basis of the Kashruth Jews.