Totuma- A Taste of South America in Tel Aviv

Totuma

The trend of authentic Mexican food has dominated the Tel Aviv culinary scene over the past few years. However, now it’s time to make room for representatives from South America – this time from Venezuela. Totumi is a Venezuelan street food restaurant created by Dalia Alhadef, who competed in the TV show Master Chef two years ago. Now he has fulfilled his dream and opened the restaurant he has always wanted in Tel Aviv. Totumi (a species of tree that grows in America) is bringing the Latin Venezuelan kitchen with additional influences from South and Central America.

The main ingredient in many of the dishes coming from the Totuma spicy kitchen is the Arepa, a gluten-free pita bread made of cornmeal, and is one of the cornerstones of Venezuelan kitchens.  The owners dreams that all types of palates can come and enjoy this new and exciting food genre that most locals haven’t seen before- “I want everyone to find themselves in my restaurant – first of all, most of the dishes are gluten-free, which both also worried vegetarians, who feel that they want to eat something as well. I want everyone to enjoy here.”

Totuma

The appetizer menu offers the following – Takinios, which are salty cheese sticks wrapped in dough of wheat flour with passion fruit sauce spicy mango (32 NIS), Casa Limniyah- Peruvian dish consisting of layers of mashed potatoes, shrimp, tomato, egg, avocado and sauce tartar (32 NIS), the Venezuelan empanadas filled with cheese, corn flour / chicken / vegan ( 24-28 NIS), and Katz’afh- corn pancakes stuffed with cheese salted with the addition of sour cream (NIS 31) and more.

The dish we all will be asking for is the beloved Arepas which you can choose to stud with 8 different fillings. Pabelion- beef pepper sauce, tomato and onion with black beans, cheese, salted and Flantiin (38 NIS). Reina Peplada- chicken salad and avocado (36 NIS), Asado Negro – beef marinated vegetables and wine, blackened sugar cane and cooked in cooking long with salty cheese (42 NIS), Los Muchachos- burger Dalia, melted cheese, avocado, tomato and lettuce (47 NIS), Costa- fish fillets coated with quinoa and braised with tomato salad and onion sour, brother spicy and tartar sauce (42 NIS), Kariba -Spicy shrimp served with Indian curry sauce (NIS 44) and more.

Totuma

Totuma provides the atmosphere to sip on a few cold beers or to sample from various tropical cocktails. There is a respectable assortment of cold beers from Mexico and Argentina, as well as the well-known domestic brands. But the house cocktails looked just too appealing, and the staff recommended trying the Pura Vida: a frozen rum mixture made with pineapple, banana, coconut, ginger and lime. Another rum-based drink we recommend you to try is the Caribbean Ginger Beer: Rum with Totuma’s homemade ginger honey, lime and ginger beer, topped off with a slice of ginger. It was a enjoyable strong drink, perfect for fans of ginger.

Totuma may have the design, experience and prices of a local street food restaurant, but the excellence of the food lines up there with the nearby pricey Dizengoff restaurant.

NOT KOSHER

Address: Dizengoff 265

Hours: Sunday- Monday 12PM-11PM and Friday 12PM-5PM

Joseph N Sons- Newest Fish N Chips Stand to hit Tel Aviv

The man behind the successful Tel Aviv restaurants Goocha and The Diner had a dream of expanding his culinary wings. After thoughtfully research, he opened a traditional fish and chips restaurant right across from Rabin Square. This new street food stand provides authentic taste and experience to those missing their British fish and chips and a pint of cold draft beer. A bonus is the affordable price  for a tasty plate of fish and chips and a cold beer on a hot Tel Aviv day.

You ever recognize that taste of something that is so necessary for the local culinary and wonder how it is that it just came to town? When people think of Tel Aviv street food they think of hummus, falafel and shawarma, but fish and chips is a distant thought in the street food community. The owners of Joseph N Sons want to change that for good.

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The owner’s inspiration came straight from London –they longed for a fish and chips stand and wanted to bring a local feel to their new restaurant. It’s a hot Tel Aviv summer day what is on your mind? First thing first, what beers do they offer?  English ale straight from the barrel served in a pint or half-pint. A pint (560 ml) is sold for 29 NIS and a half-pint (280 ml) is 17 NIS. Now, what dishes do they offer? Six different fish based dishes, including different variations of fish and chips, and two grilled fresh fish dishes. Alongside traditional fish and chips, you can try their crunchy Panko version of their version of falafel and fries. Each of the dishes cost 39 NIS, but, if you want to try their delicious Calamari Crispy Shrimp dish, the price is 49 NIS. The sauces they offer are tartar, and chipotle aioli basket verde. They prepare home fries from scratch which provide a thick and crunchy taste that is served with different spices.

For those looking for non-fried dishes, they offer two health-oriented fish dishes: Salmon (39 NIS) or Denis (49 NIS), served with salad, green beans with almonds and cranberries. For those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, they offer an English sweet pudding (19NiS).

We highly recommend you to try the newest street food vendor to open their doors in Tel Aviv. In the next few months, we will see if this new trend of street food will join in the talks of falafel and hummus as the King of Tel Aviv street food.

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Address: Malkhei Yisra’el St 10,

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 12PM-2AM

Hiro- The Newest Asian Cuisine Restaurant with the Magical Touch of Aharoni

Aharoni Raman

We’ve waited and it’s finally here: Aharoni, the king of Asian cuisine, developed the Hiro Ramen soups, which is located in the heart of the exciting Sarona Market.

Almost a year ago there was a rumor in the culinary world of Tel Aviv that native Israeli Aharoni is returning to the Asian cuisine business. For months before the opening of Sarona market, Hiro’s instagram account frequently posted appetizing pictures of steaming ramen soups, steamed Asian dumplings and salads, which brought enthusiasm among lovers of Asian cuisine and made the wait particularly difficult. Since the opening Hiro, Hiro Ramen soups has been all the rave of the Sarona market.

The concept of Hiro is focused and very limited. The main course only served at the bar (eating around the bar overlooking the chef or in a little cluster of tables around the podium) is ramen: You will find three kinds of soup, all with noodles developed by Aharoni himself after a research trip to the east and manufactured specifically for Hiro first plant marking.

Raman

Hiro offers three different kinds of Raman, but I will first talk about the meat flavored Raman. Ramen with chicken or beef is served with a huge bowl of fine grain noodles, soya,egg, pickled sprouts, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms and scallions (52 NIS for chicken or 56NIS for beef). For the vegetarians, they offer a Raman with tofu, wakame seaweed, egg, bok choy, scallions, pickled daikon and shiitake mushrooms (44 NIS).

Ramen is served in the Far East in countless versions, one of which includes the popular version with bacon and ham soup.  Of course, the vegetarian variation has been based on fresh, local vegetables and soy. Unlike Ramen restaurants in the Far East where you are recommended to eat fresh on location, Hiro provides the option of take.

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Hiro’s small menu offers appetizers such as spinach filled vegan gyoza with pak choy and onions (5 for 28 NIS), Chicken filled gyoza with green onions and shiitake mushrooms ( 5 for 32 NIS). They also offer sweet Asian glazed grilled wings that is served with ginger,miso and soy shitake( 38 NIS) and other different Asian salads.  For those looking to add some drinks on their meal, they offer different types of sake and offer the imported beer of Singha.

Those looking for a different type of eating experience then your typical Tel Aviv café or meat restaurant, I highly recommend you try Aharoni’s Ramen. While you’re there, walk around and enjoy the almost endless variety of shops that the new Sarona Market offers.

Not Kosher

Address: Sarona Market

Hours: Sunday-Friday 12PM-10PM and Saturday 12PM-11PM