Tel Aviv’s favourite chef Eyal Shani is credited with bringing the chargrilled whole cauliflower to the world, and it doesn’t get better than those cooked over flames in the open kitchen at his much-loved North Abraxas, clamorous with sizzle and smoke and full-on bonhomie. Gregarious staff love to chat and recommend drinks to suit your food and palate.
North Abraxas, 40 Lilienblum Street; northabraxas.com/en/
In up-and-coming Levinsky Market, Dalida is an east-meets-west mash-up, the food a mix of Arab, Italian and French flavours, presented like works of art in the bohemian, makeshift space. By contrast, Dalida’s bar opposite is dark and moody, perfect for pre-prandial negronis – or go native with an arak-based Mediterranean Collins.
Dalida, 7 Zvulun; en.dalidatlv.co.il
A lively, vibey restaurant in the social hub that is Jaffa Flea Market, invariably thronged and loud with conversation, from the contemporary-industrial interior to the tables filling the paved streets outside in the marketplace, strung with lights overhead, serving Israel-does-Turkish mezzes which pack a punch.
Onza, 3 Rabbi Hannina Street, Jaffa Flea Market; onza.co.il