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Pampering – Delikatessen

15 Jul

R2M group opens a new place, an event that food lovers like us will never skip. It’s true, it took us a while and a lot of recommendations from the people around us (usually we are the recommending side), but we got there and we will be back.

The new place is located in Yehdua HaLevi street, not really the hottest street in Tel Aviv, despite the “5 minutes walk from Rothschild”. Nevertheless, Ruti and Maty manage to bring this boring street to life.

Cold Coffee

Cold Coffee

We got there on a late morning Friday, after training at the gym, and we enthused to get back all the calories we have burnt. R2M specialty is pampering – immediately after ordering our dishes we got  a complementary basket of bread and pastry alongside with butter and smooth strawberry jam.

Pasya

Pastya

Shahar took Pastya – puff pastry filled with spinach and cheese and served with goat yogurt, hard-boiled egg and olives. Shahar liked the dish and especially the olives. Yet, he felt that the pastry had a bit too much spinach that really controlled the dish.

Under these eggs hide guilty pleasure

Under these eggs guilty pleasure is hidden

Inbar took French Crockett – Which is kind of Crockett Madam – two layers of puff pastry filled with Emmental cheese and ham, on which you get two eggs sunny side up style. Pure guilty pleasure.

The brunch was definitely good  but the highlight of our visit (and the place) is the deli inside. A real deli that makes whatever you want to start cooking (though you just finished eating). The place is full of goods – meat, cheese, baked pastry, bread, special canning and “homemade” food you can take home and much more. Without a doubt, when R2M group creates a new project – you know it will be the best in town.

The Check Please (2 persons)

Pastya – 46NIS
French Crockett – 49NIS

All in all: 95NIS

Summary:

Food: Deli
Price: Medium
Location: Yehdua HaLevi

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

4 Forks

Contact Details: Delikatessen
Address:  79/81Yehdua HaLevi  Tel Aviv| Phone:  03-9681010 |
info@delitlv.co.il | Sunday-Thursday 07:30-20:00 | Friday 07:30-17:00| Saturday 08:00-17:00 |  http://delitlv.co.il/

Was (not) Born in the USA

17 Mar

But it doesn’t mean I can’t write about it… Last month I was in the US for a business trip. I started in Seattle where I had attended Microsoft’s conference – TechReady 14 – an amazing experience with the best sessions on the newest technology.  But eating in Seattle is not something the write about. We did eat at the Cheesecake factory and Ruth’s Chris and hang a lot at the Tap House Grill (which seems to be the only place to drink beer after 10 PM).

But the interesting culinary staff happens in New York. On my way home I did stopped in New York for a short vacation.  I wanted to share with you several places I liked.

New York, New York

New York, New York

Topaz Thai Restaurant

I had arrived to the city in the late afternoon and I was hungry. I wanted something tasty and close by. The nice girls in the reception of Wellington Hotel recommended on Topaz – Thai restaurant located on the 56th street. For starter I received a kind of complimentary potato chips that were served with a very tasty Thai sauce based on peanuts. For main dish I ordered traditional Thai dish of stir-fried rice. Nice restaurant if you are around and looking for an oriental bite.

Topaz Thai Restaurant
127 W 56th St (between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave), New York, NY 10019

Saju Bistro

On the next day I was walking around Times Square, looking for breakfast, a real one, not eating something on the street while standing. I sat on the bar for brunch at Saju Bistro and ordered the Eggs Florentine that was served with English muffins, Fresh Spinach and Hollandaise sauce. That was exactly what I was looking for; alongside with fresh orange juice I was ready to start my morning in New York.

Saju Bistro
120 W 44th Street New York, NY, 10036 | http://www.sajubistro.com/

Eggs Florentine @Saju Bistro

Eggs Florentine @Saju Bistro

Lombardi’s Pizza

On that evening I had tickets to the Spider-Man show – “Turn off the dark” on Broadway. Beforehand I had to eat something and since I was already in little Italy I thought pizza would be the best choice. Lombardi’s Pizza is a well-known institute since 1905. The place has a very warm atmosphere and the tables have the traditional white and red maps. The pizza itself was very good (and huge for one person). Note that they will not accept credit card, so be prepared with cash.

Lombardi’s Pizza
32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 | (212) 941-7994 |http://www.firstpizza.com/

Since 1905 - Lombardi's Pizza

Since 1905 - Lombardi's Pizza

Balthazar

For the second breakfast I decided to check another well-known institute on Soho (not far away from the previous one) – Balthazar. While seating there I couldn’t help comparing the place to the Israeli Brasserie of R2M, it seems that I have found their inspiration. Nevertheless, it didn’t reduce any of my pleasure eating their Eggs Benedicts and drinking their amazing espresso.

Balthazar
80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 | (212) 965-1414 | http://balthazarny.com/

Did someone said Brasserie?

Did someone said Brasserie?

Eggs Benedicts

Eggs Benedicts

Trattoria Dell’arte

The last place I visited, just before getting back home was Trattoria Dell’Arte. I was really in a hurry but since I got this recommendation from Shaul, I knew I had to check it. I took the “One Hundred and one layer lasagna” that is one of the place’s special dishes. Indeed that lasagna was exceptional and contained many layers of pasta. Another specialty of the place is their antipasto bar that I didn’t have the chance to check.

My Windows Phone 7 and One Hundred and One Layer Lasagna

My Windows Phone 7 and One Hundred and One Layer Lasagna

Trattoria Dell’arte
900 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10106 | (212) 245-9800 | http://www.trattoriadellarte.com/

If I have to sum my short visit to New York – I had very good luck with the restaurants and the weather and sure hope to visit there again soon.

Spice Up Your Friday – Levinsky Market

2 Mar

Mark yourselves a 2-hour time window at some Friday morning. Then you can stroll to one of the liveliest streets in Tel Aviv at that time – Levinsky Street. Levinsky Market, stretched along the street (from Ha’alia down west), is hectic and not so tourist oriented, but definitely should not be overlooked. The street is filled with shops selling spices, delicatessen, cheese and oriental food and would be a great place to add some touch-ups to your recipes.

As the market is becoming trendier lately, few places to eat are popping out here and there, throughout the market. At two different opportunities we have managed to visit two of the places that set out two very different experiences while supplying their own variation of the market.

Cafe Kaimak

Café Kaimak, located at the Nachlat Binyamin corner, is literally part of the market. As it is fully opened to the market, right between the vendors, you can hear all the trouble happening outside while sitting in the unpretentious setting. The prices are welcoming as well as the service and the food is pretty nice as well. On the late Friday morning, when we sat along with Adi for a late breakfast, we had a very decent Shakshuka (27 NIS) and a “Red Toast” that included Gauda cheese, tomatoes and a great red peppers paste (36 NIS).

Shakshuka (Cafe Kaimak)

Red Toast

Café Kaimak:

Food: Breakfast
Price: Cheap
Location: Levinsky Market

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3 Forks

Devochka

Devochka (“Girl” in Russian), located a bit off the market at the crossing HaChalutzim Street, is offering a far more relaxed atmosphere. You can pick one of a variety of sandwiches, made at the spot with some market goods displayed at the counter. Though there is (very) little place to sit inside, try to grab a sandwich and sit at the stools outside and catch some relaxing Friday noon sun (good luck finding that available spot). While meeting with Samuel and Keren for a lunch there, right before the vendors closed their shops, we had some great Corned Beef Sandwich and Cheese Sandwich (24 NIS each) along with a well-suitable-for-Friday-noon Coffee.

Devochka Counter

Corned Beef Sandwich

Devochka:

Food: Sandwiches
Price: Cheap-Medium
Location: Off Levinsky Market

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

Coffee & Afternoon Sun (Devochka)

Morning at Neve Tzedek – Dallal

15 Oct

Our favorite way to spend our time on a Friday morning is breakfast of course. We decided to give ourselves a royal treatment – and eat our Breakfast at Dallal. Dallal is a well-known restaurant located near Suzan Dallal center in Neve Tzedek. Breakfast on the bar should be a real treatment.

Basket of the Bakery's Goodies

Upon arrival to the restaurant we faced the fact that in order to get a royal treatment you have to pay royal money…  Shahar took Dallal’s morning from the Bakery – part of the restaurant in bakery that located nearby. The Bakery’s breakfast included basket of the bakery’s goodies, Prosciutto, Emmental cheese, Anchovies, Tomatoes Tapenade, Eggplant mousse, cream cheese and eggs of your choice (Sunney side up was Shahar’s choice) . The breakfast was more creative than the average breakfast in Tel Aviv and the raw material was of high quality.

Eggplant mousse, , Tomatoes Tapenade and Anchovies

As for myself, I took my favorite breakfast meal – Eggs benedict. Unfortunately, my eggs were cooked too long and were not poached as one can expect from Poached eggs.

Eggs Benedict

While paying our bill we felt that all in all it was a good breakfast nevertheless it was not the best value for our money.

The check please (2 people)

Dallal’s morning from the Bakery – 75NIS
Poached egg – 46NIS
(Cold drink are included in the breakfast price).

All in all: 121 NIS

Summary:

Food: Bistro
Price: High
Location: Neve Tzedek

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

Contact details: Dallal

Address:  10 Shabazi st., Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv| Phone: 03-5109292 |Opening Hours:  Sunday-Saturday 09:00-1:00 AM | http://www.dallal.info/restIndex3.asp?pageId=56 (English Menu)

Morning at the Bistro – Café Noir

20 May

Tel Aviv Breakfast scene is one tough scene. Every restaurant wants to have its own breakfast, making sure it earns its shekels throughout the day. Unfortunately it causes many of them to offer a dull breakfast (Omelet-Salad- Spreads) at a high price. We urge you to have breakfast at a restaurant you got a good review on. An example of such a review is right below – at Café Noir.

Café noir is a long-established Tel Aviv Bistro; very well located at the heart of the white city with the vibrant Rotshield Street just a few steps away. Having been there a few times in the past, we recommend Café Noir generally because of its good food (the well known milk-fed Veal Schnitzel is a must) and romantic atmosphere, but this time we decided to check their breakfast.

Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, Cheese & Salami

Café Noir breakfast menu is divided to three –Sandwiches, Set Breakfasts and Pastries. Both of us took set breakfasts. Shahar ordered the Noir’s Breakfast – scrambled eggs (you can ask any type of eggs) with Bacon, two types of cheese, Salami Milano, vegetable salad, roasted peppers, bread, jam and butter. The eggs were fine and the Salami was excellent, but it was the bread that was rated best as it was hot, crispy and delicious.

Egg Cocot

Inbar ordered the Egg Cocot Breakfast – two eggs with Truffles oil and crispy bacon, served inside a ceramic bowl, alongside with roasted peppers, Cream cheese, vegetables salad and again – bread, jam and butter. The dish expresses the uniqueness of Café Noir with its breakfasts and delivers exceptionally. The Truffles oil specifically makes the dish a true morning favorite.

The check please (2 people)

Noir’s Breakfast (with Bacon) – 58 NIS
Eggs Cocot Breakfast – 58 NIS

All in all: 116 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale: 

4 Forks

Summary:

Food:  Bistro
Price:  Expensive
Location: Ahad Ha’am

Contact details: Café Noir
Address:  43 Ahad Ha’am St, Tel Aviv | 03-5663018|
Opening Hours:  Sun-Wed 08:00-01:00 Thu-Frid 08:00-02:00 Sat 09:00-01:00 |
http://cafnoir.rest-e.co.il/

A Morning of Macaroons – Idelsohn 10

31 Jan

Idelsohn 10 is chain of 4 coffee shops (none of them on Idelsohn Street). Although we have one right by our home (Witzman) we decided to take advantage of a sunny Saturday to bike up until the far Ben Yehuda Street. This place is one of the most popular coffee places in Tel Aviv and every time we got there until that day – we skipped the pleasure of waiting and went to one of the other nearby places. That time we woke up late – so when we arrived we had a sitting place right away.

Muffins & Cakes on the Counter

Shahar took the Croque-Madame – a toast with ham & Gouda cheese topped with a fried egg. Good classic dish but not an outstanding one (to our disappointment). Inbar took the Brioche filled with spinach and yolk, topped with Gouda cheese as well. This was not what we expected; it was a good course but filled with too much Gouda. Thus the dish felt a bit too fat. Both of the dishes were served with a green salad yet we replaced one of these salads with a chopped vegetables salad for an additional 10 NIS.

Macaroons

The “cherry on the cake” of that visit was their bakery – Idelsohn has a counter inside their coffee place with all their goods. Since we have a weakness for Macaroons cookies we didn’t have any other choice but to order a plate of Macaroons – we got a plate with 5 Macaroons in different colors – they were quite good and crispy. We especially recommend you to take the white one that had a taste of some kind of liquor. We ended the breakfast with 2 excellent cappuccinos.

The check please (2 people)

Croque-Madame – 54NIS
Brioche filled with spinach and yolk 49NIS
Chopped vegetables salad – 10NIS
Soda Water – 11 NIS
Orange juice – 13 NIS
Macaroons – 15 NIS
2 X Cappuccino – 26NIS
All in all: 178

Summary:

Food:  Coffee Place
Price:  medium-expansive
Location: Ben Yahuda / Dizingof

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

3.5 Forks

Contact details: Idelsohn 10
Address:  252 Ben Yahuda Street, Tel Aviv | Phone: 03-5444154|
Opening Hours:  Sunday-Friday 07:30-00:00 | Saturday 09:00-00:00

Friday at the market – Hakovshim (2)

6 Jan

HaKovshim

A common tourist attraction as well as local hangout on a Tel Aviv Friday morning is to walk around the Carmel’s market. Huge amount of people are crowded all along the way on Carmel Street as well as the nearby Nachlat Binyamin. Before you head up to any restaurant around, take yourselves an hour or so to walk between the stalls. When your hunger comes into place, it’s time to look for a good place to sit. Few options are available all around the area including Papas, Gadera 26, Habasta (The market stall) and many more. We decided to head to Hakovshim for a breakfast.

Shakshooka

Yes we know we already wrote about Hakovshim, but we couldn’t help going there for a breakfast of 3 (together with our matchmaker Adi), just before our Friday stroll at the market. As we already mentioned in Hakovshim previous post, we really like the place as it shows that the owner loves fresh ingredients and cooks with a lot of passion. Their breakfast is quite diverse as they serve the regular 2 eggs – salad – bread & cheeses Israeli breakfast as well as two types of Shakshuka, Burika and some very good sandwiches.

Gauda Sandwich

Inbar & Adi took the regular Shakshooka while Shahar took the Dutch Gauda sandwich. The Shakshooka was very good as the tomatoes were very fresh and roughly cut. It was served with a crunchy hot black bread & tehina. The Gauda sandwich was very unique as it contained two types of roasted peppers and some tasty aioli sauce. The green salad which was served next to it wasn’t a miss as well.

Cappuccinos were the closure of a fabulous breakfast which itself was just a starter for a great Friday morning in the Carmel market.

The check please (3 people)

Shakshooka – 2 X 39 NIS
Dutch Gauda Sandwich – 38 NIS
Cappuccino – 2 X 12 – 24 NIS

All in all: 140 NIS

Summary:

Food: Israeli Bistro with fresh marked goods
Price: Medium
Location: Carmel market

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

3.5 Forks

Contact details: Ha kovshim

Address:  48 HaKovshim Street, Tel Aviv | Phone: 0579438862
Opening Hours:  Sun – Thu -08:00 – 24:30 | Fri 08:00 – 19:00
http://hakovshim.rest-e.co.il/

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