In the heart of the hotel district, Raphael offers a chance to sample the kitchen of Rafi Cohen, one of Israel’s most praised chefs. The menu constantly changes, but is usually marked by earthy, hearty dishes like lamb meatballs cooked in garlic and tumeric with whole garbanzo beans and Jerusalem artichokes; or delicate North Atlantic periwinkles and herbed gnocchi in a sauce of butter, white wine, and olive oil. Raphael’s is especially known for its excellent risottos, its cold seafood salads, desserts, and wine list. The recently redesigned dining room brings the décor up to the level of the food. Raphael can get crowded and noisy, so dine before 9pm if you want serenity. Reservations are key.
Tel Aviv› Restaurant
87 Ha-Yarkon St
Our Rating Neighborhood Ha-Yarkon Street Area Hours Daily noon–3pm and 7pm until last customer; last order taken at 10:30pm Transportation Bus 4 Phone 03/522-6464 Prices Main courses NIS 90–NIS 140; fixed-price lunch from NIS 125 Cuisine Type Rustic French/Mediterranean