Tel Aviv, such a happy place, sitting on the edge of the glittering Mediterranean coast, a sea ideal for swimming and playing unending games of matkot; a sea rich with marvelous fish. So it only makes sense that a seaside city such as Tel Aviv has an excellent selection of seafood places to tantalize your taste buds. Visit any of these places for a taste of fresh fish.
If you like fish, Barbunia is the place to go; they are all about fish to the extent that it’s even part of their name, which translates to ‘red mullet.’ You walk up to the restaurant and before you even go in you’re captivated by the delicious aromas. Here their aim is to serve you a Mediterranean-style meal that leaves a smile on your face and they are definitely successful. When you sit down the friendly wait staff sets you up with traditional Mediterranean salads and then it’s your choice of which main course to go for, but don’t worry – you can’t go wrong.
This summer saw the opening of Sarona Market, a fun indoor market with wonderful high end food. For this list, Fishbar is a must eat place. This restaurant is connected to Fishop, a place to buy fish and seafood also located in Sarona Market, meaning you get the freshest fish. You sit at the counter and give your order directly to your chef and then you get to watch as they cook your meal. When it comes to your table it is perfectly cooked and a joy to eat, providing you with dinner and a show.
We can’t forget about the sushi of Tel Aviv, something the city is well known for, and Fu is full of inventive and delicious sushi. The service is friendly and the sushi is fresh and delectable. Here you can find sushi with guacamole for a crazy experience (Crazy Roll), or for those who enjoy a spicier option, spicy tuna wrapped in cucumber and topped with spicy sauce (Hurricane Roll). They also have wonderful specialty cocktails to accompany your plate of sushi.
Moon is a sushi oasis. It was one of the first sushi bars in Israel to boast a sushi conveyor belt, which is put to good use every Sunday night. But for those who prefer to order for themselves the menu has pages and pages of options for sushi, and each and every one of them is unique – one even comes topped with a quail egg. This sushi is so good, you can’t go wrong with any choice.
The splash of sea spray, the smell of saltwater in the air, watching as the sea foam hugs the sand – all of these sensations can be experienced as you dine at Seatara. With seaside views and five star service, this restaurant is sure to impress. The food is a heavenly experience and the menu is quite extensive, covering many different ways of serving fish. You will leave with a full belly and a happy heart. A great place to take someone special out for an unforgettable evening.
If you’re heading down to Jaffa to look for seafood, make your way to The Old Man and the Sea. Named after Ernest Hemingway’s 1952 novel, this restaurant is sure to please the food critic and the literature nerd in all of us. Here they pay tribute to the themes of their namesake – sea, fish and noble nature – by providing a delicious spread of Middle Eastern salads and some of the best cooked fish on the Tel Aviv coast.