Israelis take their meat very seriously; be it by doing al ha-esh, the Israeli version of a BBQ, or going out to one of the meat sanctuaries their respective cities have to offer. Tel Aviv is no exception, housing several meat havens that can satisfy any carnivore to the fullest. After much chewing, tasting and deliberating, these are our top picks for securing your steak fix.
Pundak Deluxe describes itself as an old school bar and barbeque. They serve their dishes on slabs, with the meat at center stage. Pundak Deluxe’s suggested way of eating: sit down on a stool, grab one of their draft beers and dig in (with your hands).
25m is meat eating bliss. The butcher shop and restaurant are 25 meters from one another, hence the name. They produce perfectly grilled pieces of meat, accompanied by little more than that – it really is all about the meat.
Makom Shel Basar is the classic steak house of Tel Aviv. Its location, right at the entrance of Neve Tzedek, adds a historic feel to this rustic eatery. Every piece of meat is aged and handled within the restaurant, treated as a specially wrapped gift for each guest.
Meat Bar is a high end bistro that accommodates true carnivores in style. This place has been on the meat scene since 1994, an eternity in restaurant terms, and for good reason. Meat Bar, like other meat retreats, has its own meat aging room and wine cellar that create the romantic synergy between steak and wine.
Rak Basar is an interactive experience for the meat connoisseur: step one, choose the meat at the counter along with the in house butcher; step two, choose your sides and, of course, wine. This steakhouse’s mentality is that of personal touch by each and every customer, high quality, and flavor, especially flavor.