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T+L's Definitive Guide to Tel Aviv

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Looking for a traditional hummus joint? Or an haute temple to gastronomy? These places deliver in spades.

Delicatessen: Entrepreneurs Mati and Ruti Broudo, from the city’s popular Brasserie M&R, have expanded into the gourmet takeout arena. The two-story building, west of Rothschild Boulevard, bundles a trio of culinary concepts: a proper “deli” stocked with meats and daily-made breads, a takeaway option offering dishes ranging from poached salmon to chopped liver, and a restaurant with updated bistro classics (try the chicken schnitzel), ideally enjoyed from the sun-drenched patio. $$

Raphael: At this legendary waterfront spot, young chef Raphael Cohen serves contemporary interpretations of the Middle Eastern recipes he learned both from his grandmother and his training at Jerusalem’s iconic King David Hotel. The restaurant lures celebs and politicos alike, thanks to standouts such as grouper-and-fatty-tuna kebab, and calamari with sweet peppers and tomato cream. $$$$

Mizlala: In a meticulously renovated building, Mizlala (“stuff your face,” in Hebrew) pairs pan-Med comfort food—tahini-doused beef tartare; milk-fed lamb souvlaki; chicken confit with a warm wheat salad and caramelized carrots—with signature cocktails like a martini with halvah and date honey. Dishes are served family-style along the curved marble bar or on wooden tables. $$$

Ali Karawan: This bare-bones hummusiyah near the Jaffa Flea Market has been a local favorite for decades. The highlight? Hummus, of course—made daily and served either as mosabaha (warm, crushed chickpeas and tahini) or with ful (stewed fava beans). Both versions are spiked with house-made lemon-and-garlic sauce and flecked with slices of fresh onion before being slathered onto fluffy pita. Arrive early: the kitchen closes once the day’s hummus has disappeared. 1 Hadolfin; 972-3/682-0387. $

Cassis: There are plenty of places here to enjoy a snack along the sand, but for a proper beachfront meal, the city offered surprisingly few options until the arrival of Cassis. Small plates such as whitefish ceviche and grilled peppers with goat cheese are preludes to heartier seafood mains such as sea bream with crisp polenta. Be sure to ask for the flatbreads—baked to order on a stone hearth in just seven minutes. $$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150


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