Eyal Shani is Israel’s answer to Gordon Ramsay, and the Israeli media enjoys dishing on this power chef’s business dealings almost as much as Israelis enjoy tucking into his creative and always organic culinary offerings. From the curried cauliflower to calamari pasta with parsley and tomatoes (Shani famously loves tomatoes) by way of butter-sautéed red cabbage, Shani takes simple food to such tasty heights you’ll want to come back for more. Another Shani eccentricity: The food is served on pieces of cardboard. Desserts tend to be of the sticky, messy kind but they’re great; bananas smothered in house-made dulce de leche and cookie crumbles is one example. Note that this is a very social, noisy spot, making it more appropriate for a night out with friends than a quiet evening for two.
Tel Aviv› Restaurant
40 Lilienblum St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Allenby Street & Southward Hours Sun–Thurs noon–4pm, 6pm–2am; Fri–Sat noon–2:30am Phone 03/516-6660 Prices Main Courses NIS 52–NIS 78 Cuisine Type Contemporary Israeli