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International Chef Eyal Shani’s Favourite Food in Tel Aviv

Miznon in Tel Aviv has a lively atmosphere
Miznon in Tel Aviv has a lively atmosphere | © Kimberley Grant / Culture Trip
Eyal Shani was one of the first chefs from Israel to deconstruct the essence and spirit of modern Israeli cuisine. As he carved out a prime spot for it on the global culinary map, Shani’s influence can be felt all over Tel Aviv.

Eyal Shani has opened multiple ventures across town, where everything from seasonal vegetables to the humble pita is elevated to culinary rockstar status.

Eyal Shani’s impact on Tel Aviv’s restaurant scene

Each of Eyal Shani’s restaurants has a different menu, vibe and atmosphere. Miznon is the restaurant that made Shani’s name. It’s casual and chic and pays tribute to the simple Israeli pita, stuffed with endless creative combinations of meats and vegetables.

Shani’s Miznon offers a simple menu that celebrates typical Israeli dishes © Kimberley Grant / Culture Trip

North Abraxass is an upscale eatery where reservations are a must. Here, Shani’s whole-roasted and slightly charred cauliflower served on a sheet of baking paper (he often eschews plates, serving his beautiful meals on bits of cardboard or straight onto the table) is known throughout the city as the dish to try. ‘Lamb melting into a soft bun’ is another favourite when available. Though the restaurant is all about fine dining (albeit with simple ingredients), there’s a subtle club vibe as waiters pour shots for guests mid-meal to the sound of pumping music. Indeed, many of Shani’s restaurants tread a fine line between restaurant and club – in food-obsessed Tel Aviv, a club offering a full chef’s menu comes as little surprise.

Romano is an ultra-hip restaurant, bar and lounge located in south Tel Aviv, between the Levinsky Market and Jaffa. With great music playing overhead, its ever-changing menu is based on local, seasonal vegetables and seafood.

At Port Said, Shani’s iconic and perennially cool Tel Aviv nightspot near the Great Synagogue, a young and hip crowd explores his take on Israeli classics while listening to an incredible vinyl collection.

Malka is ahead of the curve of a burgeoning trend of kosher chef restaurants in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, HaSalon (open on Wednesdays and Thursdays only) is one of the best places to experience dishes created with local produce.

Chef Eyal Shani has several restaurants in Tel Aviv and around the globe © Didi / Alamy Stock Photo

Shani keeps himself busy running his Israeli eateries, as well as his ever-growing portfolio of restaurants in Paris, Vienna, New York and Melbourne. On the rare occasion that he’s off-duty, however, and like any other great chef, Shani has his own list of favourite places to eat in his hometown.

Eyal Shani’s favourite places to eat