Edible Map – Israel

Israel

(Jerusalem, Tel Aviv)

Aptly named the land of milk and honey, Israel is a feast for anyone who loves or is keen to explore Middle Eastern food.

Despite the immense desert and lack of water the country can produce most of its own crops with enough to spare for export, like  plump Israeli pomegranates and juicy dates.  Besides traditional farms, Israel also has two unique  forms of agricultural  settlements. The Kibbutz, a communal space where everyone benefits from the work put in and a Moshav where plots of land are individually cared for by the owner but marketing and buying are done on a co  – operative basis.

Eating out should be a treat and typical middle Eatsern food like chickpeas, tahina, grilled meats and fish should not be hard to find. It is worth noting when asking for advice on what and where to eat, Israel is keen to show off its European style restaurants and food, insist on trying local and let the adventure begin.

Remember some places close at some point on fridays/ saturdays for the Sabbath.

 

JERUSALEM

Hachapuri

This Georgian takeout serves delicious variations on  breads stuffed with cheese, onions, eggs and butter.

Suitable for a quick snack

Drink water

Effect on wallet minor

 

 Jacko’s Street

6 Shikma St, Mahane, Yehuda. 02 5817178

Popular restaurant near the market that serves well prepared global food (kosher).

Suitable for a trendy dinner

Drink Israeli wine from the good list

Effect on wallet bearable

 

Machneyuda

Situated by the market this buzzy restaurant doesn’t strictly show off the marvels of Middle Eastern food but none the less it is very good at what it does ( European food)

Suitable for a noisy lunch

Drink they kind of push the cocktails on you but go with what you feel

Effect on wallet bearable

 

 

Rachmo

HaEshkol 5, Jerusalem, Israel ( Just next to the Mahane Yehuda market)

Queue up with the locals for some cheap and tasty typical Israeli Jewish food.  Choose from the various simmering pots at the counter.  Also scrumptious dips and falafel on the menu.

Suitable for a rough and ready lunch

Drink bottled water

Effect on wallet minor

 

Mahane Yehuda is the name of the main market in Jerusalem, colourful, busy and packed full of food it is a wonderful sight to behold.  Expect to be tempted by some of the lands most delicious nuts, fruits, fish and pastries

The wine from Israel is delicious and should be tried when possible.

Hummus, baba ghanoush, grilled meats, kibbeh, fried fish will appear often and generally are extremely tasty and so should be tried.

This is the country to eat chopped salad, packed full of herbs, vegetables and dressed lightly in olive oil and lemon it really is a brilliant way to get the tastebuds aroused. Tabblouleh, a bulgar wheat salad with herbs and vegetables is  also a must try and is nothing like the dull versions you often find in Europe.

Tahini ( ground sesame seeds) is added to lots of dishes and sometimes on its own as a dip, tuck in, its scrumptious.

TEL AVIV

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Raouf and Atina 

Rustic Arab restaurant in old Tel Aviv.  With the charismatic owner watching over the floor and its many regular customers you can come here to enjoy some excellent mezze and grilled fish.  Incredible hummus, crisp bread and baba ghanoush.

Suitable for a feast of dishes with friends and family

Drink from the fairly rough and ready wine list that suits the surrounding

Effect on wallet bearable

 

Stephan Braun 

Next to where the old fur shop used to be this cosy restaurant serves some excellent authentic food to their important cliental. Try the chopped salad, Dori salad, the salmon is very tasty and so is the kibbeh.  Text book dips to start.

Suitable for  a sensational taste of the middle east

Drink what you like

Effect on wallet bearable

 

Jajo Vino 

This charming   neighborhood wine bar serves some excellent Israeli wines that you can sip as you watch the street pass by.

The wine from Israel is delicious and should be tried when possible.

Hummus, baba ghanoush, grilled meats, kibbeh, fried fish will appear often and generally extremely tasty and so should be tried.

This is the country to eat chopped salad, packed full of herbs, vegetables and dressed lightly in olive oil and lemon it really is a brilliant way to get the tastebuds aroused.

Tahini ( ground sesame seeds) is added to lots of dishes and sometimes on its own as a dip, tuck in, its yum.

 

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