The Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv has become the foodie capital of the region as of late. Boasting over 4,500 restaurants led by some of the world’s most revered culinary talent, Tel Aviv offers just about any cuisine one may desire. While the city’s culinary landscape is best known for its regional fare including falafel, hummus and shashuka, it’s also a patchwork of cultures and international culinary traditions with immigration from over 120 countries. It is its identity as a proverbial melting pot that has led to Tel Aviv’s diverse culinary legacy.
From quick and casual bites to Michelin star-worthy fine dining, here are Insignia’s top five choices to ensure your culinary journey through Tel Aviv is time well spent:
Offering Mediterranean fusion, Catit’s menu is designed especially for the Instagram generation. Dishes are delightfully presented and served colour coordinated. The kitchen is led by acclaimed Israeli chef Meir Adoni. He has created a five-course set menu exclusively to be Instagrammed by the restaurant’s clientele. One dish titled “the 360” spins to allow patrons to snap photos from every angle.
Toto aims to allow its patrons to feel at home offering farm-to-table dishes. Led by chef Yaron Shalev, this award-winning culinary destination is known for its rustic Italian fare, fresh seafood and innovative dishes complimented by the bright space and clean lines.
Creative presentation reigns supreme at Popina. With chef Orel Kimchi at the helm of the kitchen, this uber-creative restaurant turns the freshest raw ingredients into artfully executed masterpieces. The cuisine is French in nature with flavours of the Riviera evident throughout the menu.
Norman Hotel’s Dinings
Offering sushi and Izakaya-style tapas dishes, this elegant restaurant is the Tel Aviv outpost of London’s famed Dinings restaurant. It is set on a terrace with panoramic views of the city and interior views of chefs at work. Patrons will enjoy a fabulous offering of sushi, bento boxes and accoutrements.
Nithan Thai is so much more than just a restaurant. It also offers guests a cooking school and a lively nightlife destination. Chef Shahar Shabtay leads both the kitchen and cookery school and encourages students and guests alike to get creative with the exotic flavours and spices of Thailand.
For more information on dining in Tel Aviv and to make a reservation, please contact your Insignia Personal Assistant.