In a busy city like Tel Aviv sometimes you need a quick but filling meal. With excellent restaurants spread across the city, it would be a shame to waste a meal on something average, so here are 10 places that are sure to satisfy your taste buds – and wallets.
Gourmet fast food might sound counter intuitive, but Miznon makes it work. Order the steak and eggs, a cauliflower which will melt in your mouth, a cold beer, and just sit back and enjoy the crazy atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to get messy as the tehina and egg are dripping, be prepared for finger licking.
Mifgash Osher has created a revolutionary sabich salad. It’s all you could ask for in a salad and more. Four of their golden yellow falafel balls, thinly sliced cabbage, tomatoes and cucumber, mixed with bulgur, softly cooked chickpeas in Indian curry, brown Sephardic-style hard-boiled egg, and sliced fried eggplant. Finally, it’s topped with tahini and garnished with a smear of rich labneh. Couple that with a glass of juice and you’ll leave feeling happier than ever!
HaKosem, serves excellent falafel and shwarma, in pita, laffa or simply on a plate. The combination plates which they offer are large and great value for money. If you’re feeling peckish whilst waiting, they hand out falafel balls.
This Argentinian-inspired sandwich at EatMeat is absolutely delicious. A freshly baked frena bun (a Moroccan-style ciabatta) filled with succulent shredded entrecote and smothered with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and chimichurri sauce. We recommend adding mushrooms and a sunny side up egg.
This stand in Shuk HaCarmel, run by Venezuelans, serves quick delicious food at a great price. An arepa is like a pancake made from corn flour which can be filled with cheese, meat, guacamole, and beans (or any combination of those). At Arepa’s they also serve a delicious cachapa, also made from corn flour, filled with grated cheese and topped with a dollop of butter.
Located in the middle of the market, Bar Ochel is the definition of simple market fare. Dishes served here are sourced straight from the market and focus on grilled vegetables, salad and meat. Grab a stool at the bar, review their English menu and tuck into a Jerusalem mix, kebab or shakshuka. Most plates are served with fresh crusty bread and dips. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a glass of limonana (lemon and mint soda).
It’s no wonder that this sabich joint is busy at all times of the day. They serve a traditional sabich in pita which consists of fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, potato, and salad. The pita and the salads are fresh and flavorful. Order your pita with hakol bifnim (everything inside).
Burger at Vitrina restaurant | Courtesy of Vitrina
This burger by Kikar Rabin is mouth wateringly good. The bun is soft and the meat is so juicy it drips. Don’t forget to order their mixed potato and sweet potato fries sprinkled with lemon zest and parsley!
Etzel Zion is a small run down-looking place on the corner of HaYarkon and Trumpeldor that’s been open since 1989. The only thing they serve is soft pita stuffed with creamy hummus, freshly chopped salads, and the most golden, crispy, irresistible schnitzel. It’s the best schnitzel in pita in the city.
Although HaShomer 1 is well known for its meaty sandwiches and salads, we want to let you in on our little secret. The hummus and spinach shakshuka is simply divine. Perfectly runny eggs, fresh spinach leaves and whole chickpeas that give each bite a unique flavor. It’s ready in minutes and is served with a crusty loaf of warm challah.