Must-taste Israeli foods for your guests to try
Tel Aviv is a porthole for delicious bites and the sheer range of ethnicities, cultures, and heritages that call Israel home make for a delectable melting pot of recipes. For guests heading to the Holyland for a destination wedding, there is no better welcome than with a host of signature, memorable Israeli dishes to try and gush about later.
Eyal Shani, one of Israel’s most famous local (and international) chefs is not called the ‘Califlower King’ for nothing! He maintains that his recipe of the whole roasted cauliflower is the first of its kind, and we take him on his word. Regardless, his version is so melt-in-your-mouth delicious, you won’t care who came up with it first – just how you’ll be able to have it – again, and again.
This simple street food seems to be just that – simple. But this pita filled with roasted eggplant, thinly-sliced potatoes, tehina, tomato and cucumber salad with dashes of schug (a fiery, garlic and herb Yemenite spice) and amba (a tangy, mango pickle sauce) is anything but. And at Sabich Tchernichovsky, they take their layering skills so seriously that there is a line out the door of their closet-sized eatery day and night.
Try it at Sabich Tchernichovsky
A festive dish from Jewish Sephardic origins, this comfort-food staple is having a moment in some of Tel Aviv’s top eateries. Indulge in the chunks of brisket, deep-fried potatoes, and a host of seasonings from turmeric to curry.
Try it at Cafe Popular
Kurdish-style kubbe, bulgur stuffed with ground meat and spices and then cooked in different broths, is often found in various delectable incarnations across Israel. A particular (and vegan!) favorite at Suzanna is stuffed in semolina balls and then simmered in a flavorful beet-root soup.
Try it at Suzanna Neve Tzedek
Eggplant is undoubtedly one of Israel’s most undisputed staples, with golden recipes championing the malleable veggie to cooked perfection. This version includes ground meat, pine nuts, and cinnamon for an unexpected kick.
Try it at Azura
There is no traditional and complete Israeli breakfast without this bubbling egg dish. Deeply-rooted in Tunisian origins, Israelis have crafted their own versions to a dizzying array of options – from green Shakshuka boasting spinach, kale and cilantro mixings to the classic red with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and an eclectic mix of spices – shakshuka is an Israeli morning must-have.
Try it at Cafe 65