Margaret, with her tiny kitchen and gardened patio by the sea at the foot of Old Jaffa’s hill, is a legend. Jaffa’s fishermen bring Margaret the best of the daily catch, and after she’s chosen, the gourmet restaurants of Tel Aviv can have their pick. Savvy locals, as well as Israel’s most renowned chefs come here to relax and be inspired by Margaret’s unforced, luscious cooking, which has won accolades from “Gourmet” and other international publications. To this day, Margaret prepares everything herself, starting with her homemade meze medleys of rich North African appetizers and salads. Moving on you’ll find stuffed grape leaves with rice, pine nuts, and raisins drizzled with olive oil and served with a dollop of thick country yogurt, followed by a perfectly grilled whole fish with spicy quince or kumquat sauce or her signature deep-fried fillet of fresh sardines stuffed with “caviar.” Non-fish dishes can include artichoke hearts stuffed with lamb or flavor-filled vegetarian or meat couscous. As the spirit moves her, Margaret may make tidbits like earthy strudel stuffed with Middle Eastern fruits, which you order early in your meal so it will be fresh from the oven in time for dessert. Ambiance is casual, made for intimate conversations as you catch the Mediterranean breezes while you dine. Always call to confirm opening hours, as they can be erratic. Cash only.
Tel Aviv› Restaurant
4 Retsif Ha-Aliyah Shenei St
Our Rating Neighborhood Jaffa Hours Oct–May Mon–Sat 1–7pm; June–Sept Mon–Fri noon–4pm and 7pm–midnight, Sat noon–7pm Transportation Bus: 10 to Jaffa Clock Tower Phone 03/682-4741 Prices Main courses NIS 60–NIS 120 Cuisine Type Seafood
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