Category Archives: deli

Beatrice- The First and Only Dutch Delicatessen in Israel

In recent years, Tel Aviv has joined the list of top culinary cities of the world. When dining at different restaurants in the city you will see many different food cultures in one seating. Unlike the recent and trendy Chef restaurants, I am highlighting the lesser known gems in the city. One of the cultures you rarely seem to find around Tel Aviv is the Dutch. Beatrice offers some of the best Dutch style sandwiches and products in Israel which will remind you of your travels in Amsterdam.biatris20150916_5171250_0.Beatrice is located in the heart of Tel Aviv on Rashi Street. This veteran Dutch deli is somewhat hidden, but once you try their tasty sandwiches you won’t forget this tiny deli. In this little shop you can find almost any kind of food that would make you longing for that trip in Amsterdam. They offer different items ranging from sweets, syrups, waffles, fresh cheeses, pickled fish and even mayonnaise, as only the Dutch know how to prepare.

I recommend ordering their Fish Sandwich which cost 25 shekels. Their classic sandwich is a perfect combination of classic of Soused Herring with sour cream. This delicious sandwich is served in a fresh  baguette bun smeared  with a nice layer of Dutch butter, topped with sliced and arranged of fresh Soused Herring, fresh tomatoes, red onion and sour cream. This sandwich presents you the Amsterdam street food you have been craving.

If pickled fish isn’t your thing, they also offer a delicious cheese sandwich which is loaded with great Dutch goodies. Another sandwich I recommend ordering is their sausage sandwich which filled with many of authentic fine Dutch sausages, and easily provides an authentic Dutch experience.

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Price: 20-35NIS

Address:  Rashi 19

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10AM-8PM and Friday 9AM-4PM

Ruben- one of best deli sandwiches you will find in the Middle East

Growing up in America, I had the picking of great deli sandwiches. In Tel Aviv there are so many sandwiches spots that don’t present the same experience. Almost after every sandwich restaurant that I try,  I have to ask myself “where’s the beef?”  In the case of Ruben it reminds me of the great deli sandwiches I experienced growing up.

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Ruben, located in the heart of Tel Aviv on the corner of Yehuda Halevi right off Ibn Gabirol Street, is decorated in a welcoming atmosphere with many wooden shelves and vintage accessories of an old deli in New York. For seating, you can either sit on the counter inside or choose to sit outside for those who like the summer heat of Tel Aviv. The amazing warm smell of smoking meat and the Tel Aviv atmosphere gives it a homey feel. The counter is managed with usually 2-3 workers each with a different role in the sandwich making.

When it’s time to order, you have the option of deciding between the corned beef ,hot pastrami and turkey, choosing 200-400 grams to be made into your perfect deli sandwich, served in either white or brown bread. In addition,, customers can choose to add lettuce, tomato and onion. Unlike most delis, they offer a tasty option of combining white horseradish mustard and sauerkraut. Once your masterpiece is ready to be eaten, a staff member wraps your dish in white paper and cuts it into 2 halves and adds a tasty homemade pickle.

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In addition, they also offer cold and refreshing Kaiser Beer on Tap. If you’re in the middle of your busy day or it’s the end of a long day, there is nothing better than a delicious mouth watering sandwich with a cold refreshing beer.

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Order: the 300 gram mixed meat sandwich. You will get a delicious sandwich packed with turkey and corn beef on an amazing fresh rye bread.

Average price:35-50NIS

Address: Yehuda Halevi 112

Hours: SundayWednesday 11:30AM-1AM, Thursday 11:30AM-2AM, Friday 11:30AM-6PM and Saturday 6PM-1AM