Recently we have reviewed one of the famous’ Eyal Shai restaurants – North Abraxas, and we were a little disappointed. Even though, a lot of buzz went through the city with the opening of Shani’s new place called Hamiznon (“The Buffet”). On the uprising area of the renovated Habima square, besides a few new places that seem to open up as mushrooms in the winter, Shani opened a place that serves the typical Israeli street food – the Pita bread. The only difference is what he delivers inside. And that is a whole different story.
As I (Shahar) was hungry, I called Tomer and we decided to check out the place. Just as we came by, two stools were vacant on the bar for us. This is the time when you need to be ready as the cashier will ask you how do you want to be called today (“Shrek 2” was the funniest they ran into according to them). As the whole chalked wall menu displays what you can insert into your Pita bread, we took Minute Skirt Steak Pita Bread and Kebab Pita Bread.
As you wait for your dishes to be cooked (and seasoned in front of you), you are welcomed to grab a “row” (the remains of the Pita bread) together with some pickles, Tehini and a wonderful tomato paste.
Receiving our dishes, we were quite amazed for how Pita bread can taste. The Skirt Steak was perfectly cooked (and that is often very hard), and together with the same tomato sauce, onion, peppers and tehini was a truly delicious dish. The kebab Pita Bread was described by Tomer as excellent as the Kebab itself wasn’t over cooked and felt juicy.
As I couldn’t resist myself, I ordered Chicken Liver Pita Bread as well. That too, didn’t drop from the level of the other dishes. Though chicken livers are again, easy to ruin, it simply melted in my mouth.
As we were about the finish our evening, complimentary Vodka chasers were served to us as well as a desert of a “Row” with roasted bananas and chocolate paste – which was a great way to end the evening.
Though many believe the price of Pita bread dishes should not rise from low-end prices, we think that the quality of the ingredients and mainly the wonderful taste of the dishes (as well as the great atmosphere sitting on the bar) justify the prices.
The check please (2 people):
Minute Skirt Steak Pita Bread – 44 NIS
Kebab Pita Bread – 42 NIS
Chicken Livers Pita Bread – 32 NIS
Sodas (X2) – 16 NIS
All in all: 134 NIS
The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:
Food: Pita Bread with many options
Location: Ibn Gabirol and Dizingof
Contact details: Hamiznon
Address: Ibn Gabirol 21, Tel Aviv | 03-7168977|
Opening Hours: Sunday – Saturday 12:00-00:00