Israel is a paradise for food lovers, the perfect combination of Middle Eastern cuisine, with several ethnic cuisines from around the world reflect the variety of the country’s population. Besides all this, it is the growing trend of haute cuisine, with a hint of fusion, so that it is ready to a journey of culinary delights in the land of milk and honey.
In search of the perfect Humus
Naturally, we began our journey with the Humus, similar to a paste made of ground chickpeas, which is in Israel, much more than a simple meal dish. Every Israeli who came to know, is ready to tell you about “the best Hummus in Israel”, but do not expect to get just a site name – passions run high when it comes Humus and so are disagreements. But do not worry; you will have the opportunity to decide for itself very soon.
Here are some places of Humus, treasured for many people, that will allow you to develop your own personal preference: Ali Karavan, also known as Abu Hassan, in Old Jaffa; Saaid, in the heart of the ancient market town of Akko; Lina, in the old city of Jerusalem and Abu Ali in East Jerusalem; Abu Adham, in Kfar Yasdif in Lower Galilee, Bahadunas, Bialik Street in Ramat Gan.The list goes on and on, but these are good starting points.
Haifa: Mixed Tastes
After satisfying the craving Humus, can go to Haifa , a city with a mixed population and mixed kitchens. One of the best falafelin Israel, is located here – Falafel Hazkenim, in Hebrew means “Old falafel”. This mythological place was established in 1950 by an elderly couple who used to cook on a primus stove. Soon, the line of people was so long, that arrived the next quarter … Since then, the owners have changed, the primus stove is gone, but the recipes and the long line are still there.
Another good place to go in Haifa, is Mayyan Habira – “beer fountain” in Hebrew. It is located in the port, and has a nostalgic atmosphere. Here you will find a large selection of beers to accompany meat dishes.
Nazareth: The new Arabic cuisine
Even in northern Israel, in the city of Nazareth , there are some excellent restaurants Arabs, some of which are led by young and ambitious chefs who take traditional home cooking and give it a modern touch. Take a look at Tishrin, Darna, Diana, Abu Ashraf, El Taboun and many other restaurants, but avoid dessert – great Arab pastry shops are waiting for you in the shops of local sweets like Muktar Sweets or Mamtakei Hayedidut ( “sweet friendship “). And while in Nazareth, do not miss a tour on the market, with its many places of special products, such as olive oil and spices, a real celebration for foodies.
Tel Aviv: from street markets to fancy restaurants
Now let Tel Aviv , but before we tried some of their wonderful restaurants , let ‘s start with the markets open: the Shuk Hacarmel and Shuk Hatikva, are essential for any food lover . All the senses come alive here: the smells of spices, fresh fish, cheeses and sausages, the beautiful colors of fruits and vegetables, creative calls from vendors and flavors that await you in every place and in every corner.
In the Hatikva market, you can find some of the best kibbeh (an Iraqi delicacy fact burgul and meat filling) in Israel, and close to the Hacarmel market, there are some excellent small restaurants serving hearty Yemenite food. Two very different markets, can be found in the Port area of Tel Aviv and the Sarona complex. Both are covered, and are definitely larger markets, with expensive and luxury products, wonderful idea for a superior lunch.
Tel Aviv, has restaurants all tastes and all budgets are adjusted, from the extremely creative and very expensive restaurant, the Catit restaurant, the chef Meir Adoni, one of the best chef of Israel, even the simple places for workers in southern Tel Aviv, where you can have a good meal for less than 50 shekels. If you want to mingle with some local celebrities, go to the restaurant Port Said, Eyal Shani chef, who is famous for his poetic criticism as a juror in the Israeli television program, Master Chef. This place is always full of local hipsters, has good food and great music with old records.
For lovers of traditional Jewish food from Eastern Europe, the best place to try this cuisine, are Thursday night in the town of Bney Brak ultra orthodox, within walking distance of Tel Aviv. Just before preparations Friday for Shabbat, you can eat all the kigel, gefilte fish or fish stuffed and enjoy these delights of many religious in Israel.
Jerusalem: Joyful Markets
This is the time to go to Jerusalem , where the market Mahne Yehuda is very busy. Within the market you will find restaurants small, serving dishes of Turkish cuisine, Persian, Iraqi, Kurdish Romanian, Polish and other ethnic cuisines. For a vibrant, lively and very popular place near the market, Machneyuda try the restaurant, where the chef Asaf Granit, is making his special magic in the kitchen and outside.
Fish lovers will find excellent dishes in the Mediterranean city of Ashdod in southern Israel, where Idi restaurant is the place for fresh fish of the day. And a little further south along the coast in the city of Ashkelon, you can taste the dishes Eitan Shriber young chef in the restaurant Linda.
A journey through the many best kitchen faucets of Israel, is a real pleasure, whether you’re looking for ethnic food gourmet delights sophisticated dishes or quick street. Good appetite, or as we say in Hebrew – Beteavon!