ISRAEL RESTAURANTS among world’s best eateries

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BY JORDANA Z

Come fly with me. For the past two weeks I’ve been traveling around Israel seeing the sights and exploring its flavors. For the next two Bits and Morsels I will focus on my Israeli adventure.

I spent four days in Tel Aviv and got a small but very intense taste of the local restaurant scene. One of the things that makes Tel Aviv unique is that there are very old neighborhoods, such as Jaffo, neighboring modern cosmopolitan areas.

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Top to bottom: The outdoor lobby lounge overlooking the Mediterranean, the perfect place for breakfast; My comfy room at the Hilton; Old Jaffa at night.

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I stayed at the Tel Aviv Hilton. The Hilton is on the beach and walking distance to almost everything. One of the highlights of my day was having breakfast in the outdoor lobby lounge overlooking the Mediterranean.

For dinner, I discovered two restaurants in Tel Aviv which quickly became my favorites, Café Noir and Kai.

If you are craving chicken schnitzel then definitely head to Café Noir. The atmosphere there is as relaxed and cozy as the food is good. The best way to start a meal is with a fig martini and the chicken liver pate. Then move onto the chicken schnitzel which is served with a chilled Israeli salad. For dessert, have the crème brulee, which is meant for sharing and served in an elongated olive dish.

Kai Sushi turned out to be one of the more unique sushi experiences I’ve had. The sushi is served on a conveyor belt, so no waiters to contend with, plus you have the added bonus of seeing what your food looks like before you decide what to order. The bar at Kai is a tight fit so you can see the sushi chefs preparing everything as it goes onto the belt. Each plate is a different color representing a different price point. At the end of your dinner you simply count each colored plate and that’s the sum of your meal.

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Above: Kai and its conveyer belt

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My favorite roll was the tuna mango roll. Simple but delicious!

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From Top: Café Noir; Fig martini with fresh figs; Chicken schnitzel; Café Noir’s crème brulee, served in an elongated olive dish; The bar scene.

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New York Social Diary – “Bits and Morsels” by Jordana Z, is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs.

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