As a TLV foodie i would recommend the following:
Berty is an extremely good food and trendy, opened a few months ago by a local chef and sommelier who worked for a few years at Gordon Ramsy's flagship on hospital road, the food is what should be named - new Israeli Kitchen - lot's of local ingredients - tachini, yogurt, hot peppers and local herbs, and the ambeince young and cool, though decor is undertoned
Yoezer bar yain in Jaffa is a very romantic foodie destination with the best rustic french food in Israel and a marvelous wine list
Basta, just by the Carmel market also has great food, a brilliant wine list and you virtually sit in the market (till you get the bill..)
Zfon Abraxas is all about sexy food and feel - Master Chef Eyal Sani makes a combination of theatre with food and is known in Israel as the chef who speaks with (and perhaps sleeps with) tomatoes, that are all eavenly ripe and come in most dishes. Very special
Hotel Montefiore has the best breakfast and service in Tel Aviv. Food is classic french with an Asian flavor and very well executed.
Shila is a very good gastro bar with excellent sea food
Catit and Mul Yam are top end fine dining. Catit being a chef restaurant (Adoni the chef has worked in Noma, Alinea and many others worldwide) and Mul Yam is Sea food heaven, both very expensive.
There are many more places in Tel Aviv but unfortunately outside TLV food travels back through the time tunnel.
The restaurant at AMerican Colony hotel in the palestinian part of Jerusalem is also cool, for its ambeince moreso then the food
Eilat is dreadful touristic food - i would stick to the hotel breakfast (Dan Eilat would be my hotel of choice) and go to local brunches of places like - Giraffe (noodles and sushi) or Agadir (burgers)
Coffee in Israel is really good everywhere
Hi all local foodies,
we're coming from Tel Aviv for a very special week in the northwest and will spend Thursday-Saturday in Seattle.