The small restaurant in Jafo specializes in hummus and is known throughout Israel. This is probably the best hummus in the country. The hummus of Abu Hassan is very creamy, refined with olive oil and oriental spices. It comes with fluffy flatbread. One serving is enough for 2 people. Hummus is an oriental specialty made from cooked and then pureed chickpeas. The word "hummus" is Arabic and means chickpeas. The restaurant "Abu Hassan" is also known as "Ali Caravan".
Jafo is the Arabic heart of Tel Aviv, this is where you can find the famous restaurant "Dr Shakshuka". "Shakhuka" is the Israeli national dish and eaten for breakfast. Shakshuka is cooked in a pan made of poached eggs and a tomato, chili and onion sauce. In the restaurant "Dr Shakshuka" one sits on a square and can choose between different varieties of shakshuka. On the photo, the variant with meat (shawarma) is shown. For the shakshuka you get fresh white bread that you dunk into the sauce. The "Dr Shakshuka" is often packed especially on Saturdays, when the Jaffa Market takes place just around the corner. But the kitchen produces one shakshuka after another, so you do not have to wait for a long time. The dish is very oily and therefore quite unusual for breakfast. But the atmosphere and the food is very special and you should give it a try.
The restaurant "The Container" is situated directly at the harbor basin of Jafo. The restaurant is located in an old warehouse, which looks run down from the outside. The "The Container" is a fine fish restaurant with great food. It is now one of the most popular restaurants in Jafo. If you want to come for dinner you should reserve a table. "The Container" is very busy in the evenings because the bar, which was built from an old container, attracts the party crowd of Tel Aviv with delicious cocktails.
The restaurant "Abu Ghosh" is located in the immediate vicinity of the famous Dizengoff Square. The "Abu Ghosh" is a small oriental restaurant with chairs on the street. Here you can enjoy simple dishes such as falafel, hummus, salads and other Arabic specialties for little money. Everything is fresh and delicious. My girlfriend thinks the hummus tastes even better than that of Abu Hassan. The "Abu Ghosh" is a good restaurant for lunch on Dizengoff street.
In Hebrew ice cream is called "Glida". The "Glidaria Arte Italian" is an Italian ice cream parlor. The Ice Cream Parlor is located in the pedestrian area of Nahalat Binyamin Street, very close to the famous HaCarmel Market. The small "Glidaria" is beautifully decorated and offers many wonderful ice cream creations.
The restaurant "The Bun" makes Asian fusion cuisine with Vietnamese-Chinese and Thai influences. Signature Food is the "Bun". A soft roll that is filled with different ingredients like a hamburger. We had fried fish with a spicy sauce. In "The Bun" you can also order Asian dishes like noodles and soups. The restaurant is located in the hip center of Tel Aviv, on a side street off Allenby Road.
The Café Noir is typical for Tel Aviv and one has the feeling that the restaurant exists since the founding of the city. In fact, the bistro was opened in 1997. But it combines elegant Bauhaus architecture with the pleasant charm of a Viennese coffee house. Therefore it is not surprising that the "Café Noir" is famous for its great schnitzel. The chicken schnitzel (photo) is very popular in Tel Aviv. The "Café Noir" offers German and Italian cuisine at a very high level.
The former harbor area of Namal Tel Aviv has become a popular nightlife district. Here you will also find the restaurant "Kitchen Market" on the upper floor of the "Farmers Market". The modern gourmet restaurant combines great culinary art with design and well-trained staff. It is a great pleasure to dine in this restaurant. The fancy creations of the chef are not only delicious, they are also elegantly presented. Quality has its price, therefore the "kitchen market" is a little bit more expensive.