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annie Jul 26, 2006 07:38 AM

In Tel Aviv for a few weeks visiting, would like any kind of recs - particularly for a single diner! I love all kinds of food but would love to sample local specialties.

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    LeSnob Aug 7, 2009 01:07 AM

    To avoid absolutely is the "Argentine steakhouse", El Gaucho, on Rothschild. Hamburger was cold, fries were cold, and when i complained they put the Hamburger back on the grill to overcook it. Beer was good.
    Note nearby is Nahalat Binjamin St. with fabulous bars and wine and cheese places.

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      foodiesnorth Dec 8, 2009 07:39 PM

      Now I read this! At the recommendation of the hotel we tried El Gaucho.....AWFUL in evry way...uncooked chicken, bland overcooked beef...nothing to commend it.

    2. loobcom Dec 4, 2006 08:54 AM

      I enjoyed the fish and seafood at Barbunya on Ben Yehuda between Jab and Frish.

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        KSRegan Nov 28, 2006 09:34 PM

        Benjamin Seigel's is a fabulous restaurant! It has a very attractive interior and gracious service. The bar is fabulous.
        Especially as it delivers unordered trademake drinks periodically throughout the evening as a point of hospitality. The view of the beach is spectacular if you care to go early to have drinks watchng the sunset...and stay to dine in the candle glow before taking a stroll on the promanade. The donut shaped ravioli over the beets is one of the most phenominal starters showing the Middle East has progressed into a high level of culinary understanding. The meats are excellent. You can go down the street and have fabulous Americanized meals on the picnic benches at Mike's Place. But when you are ready to papmer yourself and dine...Benjamin Seigels is the place!

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          Treats Nov 11, 2006 10:07 PM

          I'm also going to be in tel Aviv and woulf like recommendations for really good food, nice places

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            FlavoursGal Oct 31, 2006 08:07 PM

            Oops! Just noticed the date of your post. You've probably gone and come back by now. How was your trip?

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              FlavoursGal Oct 31, 2006 08:06 PM

              There are some really good restaurants around the Tel Aviv Old Port area. We had dinner at a really good fish place a couple of years ago (I'll try to find out the name). It's also a fun place to walk around.

              There are also some good places on Shenkin Street, a very trendy shopping area near the shuk (market).

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                tsiblis Oct 26, 2006 10:21 PM

                We really enjoyed Orna v Ella and would recommend it. It feels Israeli, food is great.

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                  veggielover Nov 26, 2010 10:06 AM

                  We just had a very enjoyable meal there tonight with exceptional lamb meatballs with quinoa and a great pear tart, not too sweet. Tunesian fish cakes were so-so, once again indicating that Israelis don't cook fish well.

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                  EliF57 Sep 13, 2006 07:41 PM

                  Hi There,
                  If you want GREAT Pizzas, Pastas,....Go to BIG MAMAS, near the Carmel Market..Simply fantastic nad NOT pricey!!
                  Enjoy!!
                  EliF57

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                    chai18 Jul 26, 2006 03:29 PM

                    Agvania is pretty good, dairy, with ok pizza and good pastas as well nice place to sit

                    Ashrafy very very authentic persian food, meats outstanding and the service is good

                    Le Relais Jaffa, french, meat is very good, as is the goose liver, though you may not be able to get it anymore, they banned it in Israel recently

                    Toros, what was el gaucho, south american styled meat

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