Tel Aviv City Guide Part 1: Eat
To avoid an extensive photo heavy blog post I'm splitting my Tel Aviv experience in to two parts, first being the decidedly crucial - food we consumed.
Falafel Banin Johnny
3 Tchernikovsky, Tel Aviv, Israel
As soon as the decision was made to visit Israel I had falafel on the brain, being a considerable faIafel fan I was
adamant on trying authentic falafel, a quick search on google pointed us in the direction of Banin Johnny, a small far from glamorous square in the wall with no english in site bar the sign and words 'gluten free' (bonus!) This place gave 'minimal menu' a new meaning, there is no menu. You get falafel in a pita, choose your toppings (naturally I had every topping), dollop some sauce on (choice of two) and away you go. It seemed a favourite amongst the locals which is always a good sign!
Indefinitely this was the best falafel I have tasted, it put anything I've tried in UK to shame, and made my home made attempts look a pathetic mess. I would have happily stopped here for lunch every day.
86 Dizengoff, Tel Aviv, Israel
Walking down Dizengoff feeling hungry we stumbled upon Bread Story, with it's 'in vogue' interior, cosy feel and intriguing menu we were sold.
Bread Story is a concept brought to Israel inspired by New York bakeries but with an Israeli twist, specialising in baking (no frying) bread this place is a carb feast. Each bread is tailored for and paired with a specific dish thus creating a story. Think less wholemeal's and sourdoughs and more basil brioche and curry bread.
I went in all gung-ho and picked the Jerusalem mix sandwich aka chicken heart and liver between curry a bread roll. The two flavours were harmonious, I for one thought it was exceptional and the beans were sautéed to perfection.
A bakery like no other - 10/10
Mex & Co
122 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv, Israel
With a severe lack of any note worthy or authentic Mexican joints in Norwich, I am always eager to try out Mexican in other cities.
Mex & Co was housed on the street we were staying on, after spotting it on our first day in Tel Aviv (Monday) we decided to save it for Dean's birthday celebrations on the Friday. The concept is a fun 6 step menu, breaking down exactly what you want and how you want.
1. How, 2. What, 3. White, 4. Must, 5. Hot, 6. Fresh - slightly lost in translation but you get the idea.
Using a stamp you create your own combo - we both went for a burrito with all the essentials, jalapeños, guacamole, etc.
Washed down with a frozen Margherita (corona in Dean's case) after a day in the sun we couldn't have asked for more.
NB: Mex & Co offers quinoa, a much welcomed surprise as I can't eat rice.
171 Ben Yehudi Street, Tel Aviv, Israel
Without a doubt breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so when we discovered Benedict, a 24 hour breakfast restaurant, I was besotted to say the least.
I recommend making a reservation, with the majority of Tel Aviv shut on Friday afternoon and Saturday for Shabbat, you can expect a 30 minute wait minimum. The extensive menu showcases breakfasts from all round the world (I'm talking a double sided A3 menu) so as you can imagine we were spoilt for choice. 90 percent of the dishes come with a complimentary re fillable drink and bread basket complete with Nutella, butter and jam. Inevitably I made the amateur mistake of filling up on bread before my main course. (Clean eaters of the world can preach about the cons of bread all they like it's my achilles heel, I'll never be able to give it up)
Dean went for the full english while I had tried and tested eggs benedict with added bacon.
Whilst mine was flawless, Israeli's might want to leave the full english to us Brit's.
It goes without say a holiday wouldn't be a holiday without copious amount of ice cream. Like all holiday destinations ice cream and gelato parlours can be found within a stones throw from each other.
Look out for my second installment on where we stayed, what we did and what we saw.
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