I guess it’s about time to follow up on my first post about my trip to Tel Aviv, which you can read about here. As already mentioned I think that the vibrant nightlife of Tel Aviv deserves a post for itself. In Tel Aviv you will find that hip and urban atmosphere which at same time is very relaxed. Walking around you will see so many cozy tavernas. Many places actually reminded me about New York. Here are a few highlights:
Dinner in the bar at Bertie
I went for the “Todays catch” for main course. This restaurant seems to like beets a lot:-)
It very normal to have dinner in the bar, but be prepared to have shots with the bartender.
You will typically get something called Arak (taste like a mix of Ouzo/Pastis and marzipan). Surprisingly enough it taste better that it sounds.
I would recommedn this place for snacks and drinks in the bar for the atmosphere – the food was a little overpriced compared to the city’s many alternatives.
7 course family style dinner at Popina (Chef’s choice)
We visited a lot of amazing plaed, but the experience at Popina was just PERFECT. The menu is divided after 5 different cooking teqniques; cured, steamed, slow-cooked, baked & seared. In every category there is a couple of atarters, mains, one dessert, one cocktails. There were so many exciting dished that it would be too hard to choose, so we went for the 7 course dinner of the chef’s choice.
We all had to tell a little about what we liked and then we had a lot of different servings. We were supposed to have 7 different dished, but we had a lot more.
Gin & tonic tatare. Raw yellowtail with a little wasabi and some herb foam and G&T jelly-cubes.
Small steamed shrimp finger burgers – really good.
Mnnnn… Chokolade soufflé.
Apple caramel cake with a beer icecream. I would never had gone for this combo, but it was good.
Pobably the best cheesecake I have ever had.
The fact that the food was so different, experimental and very very delicious made this dinner the best restaurant experience.
The place itself was also very nice. A large bar with open kitchen where you could wee the chef’s creations. A 7-course dinner is about 70€ incl. tips. Try some Israeli wine also.
Cocktails at 223
At Dizengoff 223, which probably is Tel Aviv’s longest and most popular shopping street you will find this bar. Nice cocktails and cozy atmosphere.
The club ”Solo” is one of the hottest clubs in town. I love the decorations – like 1001 night-ish.
Brunch at Hotel Montefiore
The day after it’s always nice with a good brunch. The rumor sais that the best in town should be at Hotel Montefiorre. And it sure was good. A true hot spot. Nice decor, lovely atmosphere, , delicious food, and a beautiful people. The place is very popular, so make a reservation. I has a “Israeli breakfast” consisting of coffee/tea, juice, israeli salad (picture), olives, cheese, marmelade, nice brød og eggs as you want. All this for around 13€. There’s no reason not to go:-)
Wine & fish at The Container in Jaffa Port
At the harbour you will find restaurants side by side and of course a huge assortment of fish. The Container is just one place out of many. If we had been really hungry we had gone for The Old Man & the Sea, which is supposed to be really really nice. The place is known for putting 15-20 different small bowls with Mediterranean salads, dip and pita on the table before you get the mains.
I cannot wait to go back to Tel Aviv and I hope some of you out there can use some of my tips.