Tag Archives: Carmel Market

Italian Trend – Pappa’s

20 Aug


It seems that in some point during the last few years, the Italian kitchen has stepped aside from the main restaurant scene in Tel Aviv to allow the other trendy Mediterranean kitchens, such as Seafood and Spanish cuisines, to rise up. Suddenly, Italian restaurants came out as less interesting, less fashionable and generally belong to those who look for a “serious” dinner.

Pappa’s, which defines itself as a “Ristorante Italiano”, is actually a few years old Trattoria, located in the back of Allenby, just beside the Carmel’s Market, and proud of its self-made Pasta, traditional cooking and welcoming atmosphere. All that said, it seems that Pappa’s took the last few years trends into consideration, offering many of the Pastas as half-size as well and using lots of market goods such as Shrimps, Artichokes and Truffles.

Tuna Fish Carpaccio

Take the special Fish Carpaccio for example. The red Tuna fish tasted as it came straight up from the market, dressed with only salt, pepper and olive oil. Though a bit expensive for the place, it was definitely a good dish. A Broad bean Rissoto, which contained also pieces of lemon and Celery, was also an original Mediterranean variation on top of a classic heavy dish.

Broad Bean Risotto

The self made Pastas, as promised, were no less than excellent. A half-size dish of Truffles Gnocchi, was quite simple but amazing on taste and, given its price, became quickly one of our favorite Italian dishes around town. Another dish of Artichoke Campanelle, brought the market to our table once more and, along with roasted tomatoes and lemon, came together as a very good dish. Another half-size course of Shrimps “a la plancha”, dressed with garlic and olive oil, with roasted potatoes and asparagus, showed that Pappa’s has nothing to be ashamed of its seafood as well.

Gnocchi Tartufo

Artochoke Campanelle

Ending our night with a very-basic and quite tasty sweet Pana Cotta we agreed that, in value for money standards, Pappa’s has very little competition as it combines fresh and self-made ingredients, trendy original dishes, and fine execution.

Shrimps and Asparagus on Potatoes

The Check Please (3 people)

Tuna Fish Carpaccio – 42 NIS
Gnocchi Al Tartufo (Small) – 34 NIS
Broad Bean Risotto (Small) – 36 NIS
Artichoke Campanelle – 52 NIS
Shrimps and Asparagus on Potatoes (Small) – 38 NIS
Pana Cotta – 26 NIS
Cava (bottle) – 89 NIS

All in all: 317 NIS


Food: Italian
Price: Medium
Location: Allenby & Carmel market

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

4 Forks

 Contact Details: Pappa’s

Address:  12 Hillel Hazaken, Tel Aviv | Phone: 03-5107373
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Saturday 12:00-01:00


From Hadera to Gadera – Gadera 26

25 Apr

Friday noon, as we were on our usual hanging in Tel-Aviv city center – Dizingof Center, King George, Shenkin the Carmel Market and Nachlat Binymin area, we rode our bikes to a new place right at the market entrance – Gadera 26.

Thanks to transparent windows, the place is very well lit and has a very pleasant atmosphere taking the street inside the place. The menu is written on a chalkboard, offering fresh starters alongside homemade entrées.

Roasted Fennel and Lentils Salad

Each of us took his turn and went inside to take a look at the menu. We ordered Lentils Salad and Roasted Fennel; for entrees we took the Chraime & Slices of roasted Fillet of Beef. Alongside the starters we were also served a complimentary small Cabbage Salad, Tahini & slices of Challa.

Roasted Fillet of Beef

Both starters were fresh and special. The fennel was roasted on the grill which gave the vegetable a unique taste. The lentils salad had small pieces of lemon which gave it slightly sour and surprising taste.  The Chraime was a good homemade dish, but not spectacular. The Roast Fillet of beef was a cold beef dish, which was a light and fine.


That was a successful break with some easy going food and a good mood.

The check please (2 people)

Lentils Salad – 10 NIS
Roasted Fennel – 10 NIS
Chraime – 36 NIS
Roasted Fillet of Beef – 34 NIS
Coke – 10 NIS
Soda Water – 11 NIS

All in all: 113 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale: 

3.5 Forks


Food:  Market goods & homemade
Price:  Cheap – Medium
Location: Carmel Market / Nachlat Binyamin

Contact details: Gadera 26
Address:  26th Gadera st. Tel Aviv | 057-9443194|
Opening Hours:  Sunday – Thursday 12:00-16:45, 19:00-Late. Friday – 12:00-17:00 |
http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=11384 | No English menu

Carmel Market – Gallery Post

16 Jan

Photos from a Friday morning walk on Carmel Market stalls. Enjoy!

Friday at the market – Hakovshim (2)

6 Jan


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.


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


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

Don’t come alone: Tchernichovsky 6

22 Dec

Writing this blog is hard… every time we want to eat outside we need to go to somewhere we have never visited before (Don’t fill sorry for us, just send us your recommendations). This time we got another recommendation from Zipi & Shaul for Tchernichovsky 6 (shesh). This place used to be a nice place for takeaway of homemade food, and nowadays they move across the street (Tchernichovsky 5) and define themselves as a bistro.

The Bar

The first thing you can think of when you go to a place named Tchernichovsky is the great Israeli band named Mashina, the second one is the poet Shaul Tchernichovsky (your thoughts might be opposite – depends on the decade you were born at). When we came to the place we didn’t think a lot since it was a spontaneous visit.

When we arrived only two other tables were taken and we set on the small bar. The place has a very worm and special atmosphere. For example, their menus have a cover of a Tchernichovsky book (Asher Haya Velo Haya), and next to their courses you’ll find some of his poems. The other side of it was that we felt a very serious ambiance. The music was almost silent and you couldn’t talk without being heard throughout. The very small bar contributed to the stressful feeling.

Fish filet

Fish filet

We shared the first dish – calamari on the plancha, served on top of an eggplant and yogurt paste was simply fantastic! The calamaries were cooked properly and the eggplant paste was fresh and tasty. Shahar took the sausages made from white meat, veal & pecorino cheese that were served with mash potatoes and mustard. When he finished taking care of the dish nothing was left on the plate (though the mash wasn’t the best we had). Inbar took the fish filet. Every day the place serves a different fish – depends on today’s supply from the nearby market – Hacarmel. The fish was served with green-broken wheat & oven-baked vegetables. This dish was also very good and fresh. One of the oven-baked vegetables was fennel that had a very unique taste when it came right out of the oven.

Because of our upcoming wedding, we decided to skip the deserts, yet we should mention that they cook all their deserts in-house.

The check please (2 people)

Burned Calamari – 48 NIS
Fish Filet – 98 NIS
Sausages -68 NIS
2 X Cava – 50 NIS

All in all: 264 NIS


Food: Bistro
Price: Expensive
Location: Tchernichovsky (The golden triangle of King George – Allenbi  (Ha Carmel market) & Bugrashov)

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

3.5 Forks

Contact details: Tchernichovsky 6 (Shesh)

Address:  5 Tchernichovsky Street, Tel Aviv | Phone: 03-6208729
Opening Hours: NA
Email: tchernihovski6@013net.net.i
English menu here: http://www.restaurant-tel-aviv.co.il/home_tshernichovski_6.aspx

Conquering our hunger – HaKovshim

23 Nov

It is so much fun to write about a place we love as HaKovshim, it is even a greater fun to eat there. This week we were invited by Zipi for some quality time. We didn’t want something to heavy or fancy. After going through the list in our heads (soon to be documented in this blog) we knew – HaKovshim.

HaKovshim is an Israeli bistro that bases its courses on the fresh goods from the nearby Carmel market. It’s a simple place with no pretensions. The food is just great, simple and fresh and you can always count on some new and exciting specials from the kitchen (don’t hesitate to take a ceviche if they have one).  The atmosphere is casual but if you come on daytime you can still feel the market vibe coming from the outside.

Burghul Salad

Some courses we recommend include Sardines, Beef Fillet medallions, Shoshka Peppers, Burghul Salad and Beef Filet Medallions with Home-Made Gnocchi. It’s also a good idea to take a few starters to share as we’ve done today. The only course we didn’t like was the “Tal Fridman” breakfast. To sum up, a great place to visit on a hot summer night of Tel Aviv.

The check please (3 people)

Shoshka Peppers – 28 NIS
Burghul Salad – 38 NIS
Beef Filet Medallions – 34 NIS
Gravadlax – 32 NIS
Roquefort brochette with Portobello & balsamic vinegar (special) – 32NIS
Soda – 9NIS
Water – 10NIS
Orange Juice   – 13NIS
All in all: 200NIS

Beef Fillet Medallions


Food: Israeli Bistro with fresh marked goods (and in the good way).
Price: Medium.
Location: Carmel market



 The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

4 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

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