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Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Tel Aviv

During the past few years, a new trend has hit Tel Aviv and is taking over the White City. Organic vegan food is the new “it” food in Tel Aviv.   Even though there have been many vegan options in Tel Aviv, only recently are we seeing this trend at its full force. Here are my five best favorite vegan restaurants (in no particular order) in Tel Aviv:

Anastasia

Anastasia is the most well-known vegan café in Tel Aviv. Located in the heart of the city, it offers a vibrant urban atmosphere serving delicious, healthy and unusual vegan dishes.

Anastasia was the first vegan cafe in Israel. Offering coffee and smoothies made from fresh almond milk, soy milk, and rice milk, along with a wide variety of fruit shakes and vegetable juices. You have the option of replacing their delicious coffee with natural, caffeine free coffee substitutes: palm kernel powder, cocoa powder and roasted carob powder. Their full menu includes gluten-free options and raw food deserts.

Hours: Saturday- Thursday 8AM-11PM and Friday 8AM-5PM

Address: Frishman 54

Market

Located on King George Street, Market opened their doors a few years ago. This friendly vegan restaurant offers delicious hot soups and a variety of stews. Each dish is made fresh and is geared to the vegetarian and vegan communities of Tel Aviv. It will bring you back memories of your mothers cooking when you were child.

Their menu is seasonal and with every new visit you will find a few new dishes on their menu according to the time of year. The staff is very friendly and helpful – particularly for those customers new to vegan selections.

Address: 31 King George Street

Hours: Sunday-Thursday:10AM-Midnight, Friday:10AM-4:30AM and Saturday 5:30PM-Midnight

Dosa Bar

Dosa Bar, an Indian street food restaurant, opened shop about 9 months ago and the Tel Aviv vegan community hasn’t stopped raving about their delicious and affordable vegan-friendly menu. The creation of Dosa Bar was the result of a conflict between the owners of an Indian restaurant and Israeli Top Chef participant Jonathan Roshfeld.

Dosa Bar offers four types of dosas. Those who have visited India are familiar with dosas. This is a street food characteristic of southern India and available worldwide. Dosa is a rice crepe made with black mung beans which is both vegan and gluten-free. Dosa comes in four varieties – yellow with potatoes, onions, carrots and spices (38 NIS), orange with sweet potato, carrot, onion, Indian spice and green onions (40 NIS), green with swiss chard, squash, onions and Ag’oan (44 NIS) and dosa mediterranean (46 NIS). All dosas come with sambar – a lentil soup, salton of cabbage and carrots and chutney coconut dip. You can also find desserts that are more on the sweet side such as spirulina cream, peanut butter crème and more.

Address: Ben Yehuda 188

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12PM-11PM and Friday 12PM-4PM

Nanuchka

Nanuchka Bar & Restaurant is a lively and colorful Georgian cuisine establishment with a magical atmosphere. The second you walk in you feel you came to the right place – with their welcoming attitude with a mix of tasty vegan food. Their décor brings you back to the time of the Russian Revolution.

Nanuchka is located in a beautiful building from the 1930s located on Lilinblum street in the center of Tel Aviv.  On the first floor you can enjoy the colorful and elegant restaurant, which leads to an enchanting courtyard. The second floor has a bar with over 1,500 books with a counter overlooking the action in the lower bar. At Nanuchka, the Georgian kitchen offers authentic Georgian dishes with local raw ingredients.

Address:  Lilienblum 30

Hours: Everyday 12PM-5AM

Meshek Barzilay

Meshek  Barzily joined the Tel Aviv vegan community, relocating from Moshav Yarkona to the lovely Neve Tzedek neighborhood. They specialize in providing vegan friendly, healthy dishes. Fresh vegan breads and cakes are made daily which are highly recommended.

Meshek  Barzily cooks with fresh, seasonal and organic fruits and vegetables. The majority of dishes offer a grain of choice; quinoa, brown rice, millet, bulgur, or couscous. If you are looking for a cozy brunch or dinner ,Meshek Barzily is a great option. I recommend you reserve ahead of time and sit in the courtyard section.

Address: Ahad Haam 6

Hours: Monday- Saturday 8AM- 11PM andSunday 8AM-4PM

Café Xoho- Not Your Average Tel Avivi Brunch

 

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In vibrant Tel Aviv on the weekends, the toughest decision to make is “Where are we going to grab brunch?” When choosing, there are so many deciding factors that needs to be taken into consideration. What makes this café different than the one down the street? With Café Xoho’s unique menu, which is not found anywhere else in Tel Aviv, it’s a very easy choice where to grab your beloved weekend brunch.

Café Xoho, located on Gordon Street, is conveniently located a block from the beach. They opened their doors 7 years ago, opened by  a new immigrant from Hong Kong with Canadian parents.  Before, we dig into their tasty and unique menu, what’s unique about Xoho? First, their staff is all female and super friendly. To makes things easier for the non-Hebrew speakers, they all speak fluent English. They provide top notch service that most customers coming from abroad are accustomed to. For those who grew up on the west coast, the atmosphere reminds you of a very hip and relaxed café. On Fridays they shut down the Wi-Fi, but every other day of the week it is a great place to work from.

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Unlike most Tel Aviv cafés, their menu is filled with breakfast dishes that you grew up on and/or dishes not available in Israel.  First thing first, they offer fresh grounded coffee which they make fresh and it will start your day right no matter what the rest of the day offers. When looking at their vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the Mexican breakfast dishes. As a Mexican food enthusiast, this got me excited.   My Mexican dish of choice was the breakfast burrito, which is filled with an omelet, chipotle cream sauce, pico de gallo, labneh and black beans (40 NIS).  Other Mexican options are a tasty Mexican salad and Quesadillas.

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Despite my love for Mexican food, what keep bringing locals back is their delicious bagels. Some will say they offer the best bagels in the Middle East.  For those Americans who miss their Sunday bagels with some shmear, you have come to the right place. They offer three different delicious dishes on a bagel.  The classic salmon is a favorite, served on a fresh, warmly toasted bagel with the perfect amount of cream cheese, tomato, onion, capers and fresh salmon (42Nis). Two other bagel dishes I recommend are their Tuna Melt and Pizza bagel, for those looking for their American bagel nostalgic breakfast memories.

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For those who are looking for vegan dishes, Xoho has you covered. I recommend you try the Xoho Veggie Burger, even if you aren’t a vegan you will enjoy this dish. If you still have room, you must try their homemade cookies and cake. Ask any of the many friendly waiters or have a look for yourself which daily desserts they are offering as they change their desserts daily.

Café Xoho presents brunch goers with a unique and tasty food experience. Just don’t forget that you can’t make reservations, so on the weekend try to get there before midday to avoid waiting in line.

Not Kosher (Open on Saturday)

Address: Gordon 17

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30AM-6PM, Friday 7:30AM-6PM, Saturday 10AM-^PM and Sunday 7:30AM-6PM

Etnachta- An Affordable and Delicious Breakfast for two in Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv brunch scene has taken the city by storm. Whether you are looking for a casual mid week meal or looking to take advantage of a relaxing weekend brunch, there are many options in the city. Unlike the majority of the brunch options in Tel Aviv which tend to be a bit overpriced for breakfast food, Etnachta offers the best deal for a breakfast for two.

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Etnachta is located on the always trendy Dizengoff Street between Ben Guiron and Arlozorov Street. They opened their doors in the late 2007 and have been a great option since their opening. What makes them different then all the other cafes in the area is that they offer amazing deals when you download their application to your smart phone. Their current deal is breakfast for two for only 69 NIS. Similar to most cafés, they offer the usual eggs of choice, coffee, different spreads, bread and cheeses. What I really enjoyed was the fresh and large salad of choice that you get with your breakfast special. By far their breakfast was the best deal I have seen in Tel Aviv for those looking for a fresh and healthy breakfast to start their day.

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Similar to majority of the cafes in Tel Aviv, they offer a variety of food options throughout the day. Their menu is highlighted with fresh salads, sandwiches, Italian food, hamburger and schnitzel. If you are lucky to be free in the early afternoon, they offer a great lunch special which entails a main entrée, cold drink, choice of salad for only the price of a main entrée. For those looking for a healthier choice, their quinoa salad (45 NIS) is one of the best in the city and I recommend putting tehina as a sauce for the salad. Their roast beef sandwich, available as part of their lunch special, is the perfect mix of being not too heavy and totally delicious. Their other lunch options are not overpriced and are all very,  so it’s hard to go wrong when deciding which to order. That being said, this review is about their breakfast. This is a truly affordable dining option in Tel Aviv. Don’t forget to download their app to receive their deals.

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Average price per person: 45NIS

Address: Dizengoff 190

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 7:30AM – Last customer

Lehem Ve Shoot- Who Doesn’t Love Breakfast Food all day

In Tel Aviv there are endless amount of cafes to choose from for breakfast or brunch. If you and your friends are looking to go out for a spontaneous breakfast Lehem Ve Shoot is the perfect option. In the past few months this café has become one of the “it “brunch spots around Tel Aviv.

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Lehem Ve Shoot is located on the busy corner of Ben Guiron and Ben Yehuda. This cafe opened over a year ago but only recently has been the entire rave by the thriving and picky weekend brunch goers in Tel Aviv. The café is very spacious with many different tables inside and outside but I recommend sitting down on the large conference table inside. This table provides the home feeling while sharing with complete strangers. The staff is super friendly and works at a great pace when extremely packed on the weekends.

Like majority cafés in Tel Aviv menus they offer very similar dishes but with one big difference each dish is very affordable. Their menu is filled with many different breakfast dishes, salads, sandwiches and hot dishes. For breakfast dishes I recommend ordering their Israeli breakfast. This dish provides the perfect amount of food at a reasonable price (44Nis). When ordering their Israeli breakfast you choose how you want your eggs, juice, coffee, many different kinds of breads, cheese, vegetable salad, salads and honey bread. Another breakfast I recommend is their two different kinds of shashuka which are served in challah bread bowl (38NIS).

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Their menu also consist many different delicious dishes that are great for lunch which they offer from 11:30AM. Those looking for a healthy lunch I recommend ordering the Panzella Salad. This salad consists of different greenery, fresh artichoke, tomatoes, red onions and capera. They offer 10 different sandwiches which are very tasty but I recommend you try their hot meatball sandwich. This dish is served hot with a spicy red sauce served in a fresh challah roll. Last but not least they offer on their menu different meat options for lunch. Some of the best dishes include their fresh liver and chicken pasta. It’s hard not to recommend every dish as their entire menu is very affordable and appetizing.

Price: 35NIS-75NIS

Address:  128 Ben Yehuda Street

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7:15AM-10PM, Friday 7:15AM-5:30PM and Saturday 7:15AM-10PM

Shlomo and Doron Hummus- Possibly the Best and Most Underrated Hummus in Tel Aviv

When searching in Tel Aviv for yet another great hummus option, you don’t need to look any further than Shlomo and Doron in the Kerem. Located right next to the Carmel shuk, this hummus restaurant has become a local favorite.

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When looking for great food in the Yemenite quarter, my personal favorites are the many hummus restaurants. Shlomo opened is restaurant in 1937 and his legacy is being carried on by his grandson Doron till this day.  Every day around lunchtime you will find a long line waiting for  a table, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. Don’t wait till the end of the day, like most hummus establishments in Tel Aviv, they close by 3PM.

Shlomo & Doron sticks to a simple menu that features their original hummus recipe – nothing fancy. They do offer different hummus plates, such as hummus with mushrooms and their popular hummus ful (made from a small type of fava bean). For true hummus lovers they offer the complete, which are hummus, ful and tehina all on one plate. For those who want their favorite masabacha (warm hummus),   it comes spiced up with cumin, paprika, lemon and garlic. Each order of hummus is served with a plate of onions, lemons, hot sauce and warm pita bread.

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Order: Their original hummus. Most hummus lovers will try to convince you to order the complete or the hummus ful, but trust me, their plain hummus does not need anything added to it, it’s that delicious.

Price: 19NIS

Address: 29 Yashkon Street

Hours: Sunday-Friday 7AM-3PM

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Oliver- a great salad at a great price.

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While walking on busy Carlebach Street, one might experience overload with the many different food options available. For those seeking a healthier alternative, there is Oliver –  one of the fresh salad options located in the center of Tel Aviv.

Oliver, located in the heart of Carlebach street (a few minute walk from Habima), offer fresh and tasty healthy salads and sandwiches. Vanessa, the owner of Oliver, opened the thriving salad bar over 8 years ago. Vanessa is originally from South Africa,  so ordering in English is not an issue.

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Upon arrival at Oliver, from the hours of 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there is be a constant line. Don’t be concerned, as  the line moves rather  quickly. The staff is very friendly and works at a very quick pace. Even during their busier times, the staff makes each customer’s as it’s their very own. All the vegetables are delivered every morning and are very fresh. Almost every vegetable imaginable is available at Oliver. In addition, they offer various cheeses, nuts, tuna, quinoa and many different dressings. I recommend adding quinoa to your salad as it goes perfectly with tehina dressing. Oliver also offers fresh sandwiches – tuna, hardboiled egg, omelet and many of the types of cheeses that they offer

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The best times to arrive at Oliver to order your salad without waiting  is before 12p.m. and after 2pm. You have the option of faxing your order – which takes around 30 minutes from order to completion. They recommend calling 10 minutes before arrival to confirm that the order is ready.

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Owner’s sandwich recommendation: The tuna sandwich.

Breakfast deal: Until 12p.m. they offer any sandwich for only 18NIS

Price:  Different sizes of salads from 26 NIS to 35 NIS. Sandwiches prices start from 18NIS(before 12 p.m.) to 24 NIS

Address: Carlebach 18

Hours: Sunday-Friday 7AM-3PM

Phone: 03-6098160

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Sandwich Itzik and Ruthie- The best sandwich in Tel Aviv from your favorite old couple

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It’s five in the morning on a weekday, you’re located at a crowded restaurant on trendy Sheinkin Street with a long line of people waiting to buy a sandwich. You might be confused, but if you’re at Sandwiches Itzik and Ruthie then this middle of the night experience makes perfect sense. When a lovely couple makes sandwiches for over 57 years, you know that something excellent is happening there. So what’s their secret?  Fresh bread and vegetables, special zucchini salad, and eggs are just a few of the delicious things that bring people back to this sandwich place until the early hours of the morning.

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There is one thing that brings customers back asking for more, it’s this intangible thing called “love” which every customer receives with every sandwich. Itzik and Ruthie present such warmth when making each sandwich, you feel like a little kid again, who goes to school with their sandwich made by their very own mother.

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The menu offers their famous sandwiches with tuna salad, eggplant salad, avocado salad, herring, cream cheese, spicy carrots and zucchini salad. In addition, they offer a renowned shakshuka in a bun and tasty hot dogs with fresh sauerkraut.

Order: Scrambled eggs with beef jerky and smoked sausage in a fresh bun. The sandwich is smeared with mayonnaise and tomato, pickles and strips of lettuce soaked in salt water.   The eggs are very rich in flavor with every mayonnaise flavored bite creating a heavenly taste.

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Owners Recommendation: Order the salad sandwich, which is composed of zucchini, perfectly cooked brown onions and dill.

Price:18 NIS

Address: 53 Sheinkin Street

Hours: Sunday-Friday 3:30AM-11AM or till they run out of food

Abu Hassan- The best hummus you will ever eat

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In Tel Aviv, people often discuss which restaurant has the best hummus. The overall winner is Abu Hassan

Abu Hassan, located in Jaffa, has been serving their customers for almost 50 years the finest hummus available anywhere. Opened by the patriarch of the family, Abu-Hassan, the restaurant is well known throughout Tel Aviv and Israel for its fresh, authentic and exceptional hummus. No one knows what the secret recipe is, but I feel it has to do with the perfect amount of garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Make sure you arrive for an early lunch or breakfast (yes, hummus is meant to be a breakfast dish), because once they run out of hummus, they close for the day.

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Upon making the trek to Jaffa and waiting in line (on average 20 minutes), you realize that every part of the Abu Hassan experience is totally worth the wait. Typically, you share a table with total strangers, which is part of the Abu Hassan experience. The staff works quickly and efficiently, and serves the plates of hummus very quickly. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, but you will be expected to be on your way once you have finished eating so others can take your place. Sitting beside strangers and eating humus with pita-bread and fresh onion. There is nothing quite like it.

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On Fridays, Abu Hassan is so packed that you are pressured to finish your plate and leave in order to let other people in. For a less hectic experience I recommend to come mid week.

The menu is very limited, only humus, masbacha and pita-bread, topped off with cooked chickpeas or fava beans, and served with fresh onion and lemon juice.

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Order: The triple, a portion of hummus, ful (fava beans) and masabacha. For those who haven’t experienced masabach, masabacha is warm hummus with a creamy texture that is served with fresh tehina, garlic and lemon.  The dish is spiced with cumin, paprika, olive oil, and some hot pepper sauce on the side.

Price: NIS 19

Address: 1 Dolphin St. (on the hill),

Hours: Sunday-Friday 7:45Am- 2:45PM or until the hummus runs out

Bar Gurion- Affordable Israeli bistro in the heart of the city

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While walking down busy Ibn Gabirol street, you will find yet another Israeli cuisine gem. Bar Gurion, named after David Ben Gurion (their logo is a drawing of him), is an Israeli cuisine restaurant which continues the new concept of set price meals. Their 25 NIS per plate is proudly displayed on the walls of their restaurant.

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Bar Gurion, located in the heart of Tel Aviv across the northern part of Kikar Rabin, provides a young lively bistro, where the door is open around the clock. During the day you can enjoy a huge selection of meals. At night, the restaurant becomes a full service bar.

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Bar Gurion provides the real Israeli bistro, rich in flavors and always fresh. Open around the clock, you can enjoy good food at any time. Bar Gurion will help you start your morning with hearty breakfasts, tasty sandwiches and fresh coffee which is served with delicious fresh cake. In the afternoon, you will find a attractive business deal (37 NIS) and their dinner menu offers a huge selection with all sorts of options such as different kinds of fresh pasta, salads, hamburgers, classic chicken liver, and fish and chips

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When the sun goes down, Bar Gurion becomes a Tel Aviv bar/restaurant. The atmosphere is lively with music and drinks flowing all night. Prices for their drinks are very affordable. For 10 NIS, you can choose from a glass of wine, a glass of beer, champagne or assorted shots of alcohol. For 15 NIS, you can choose from two types of excellent beers and Arak with grapefruit juice. For 20 NIS, they offer they different whisky and vodka based drink specials.

Business meal: Bar Gurion offer three different business specials – a pasta based meal, a salad based meal, and a meat based meal. I recommend ordering the pasta business meal. You receive  your pasta of choice as your main course, with drinks and appetizers for only 37 NIS.

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Order: I recommend ordering their famous schnitzel. It is one of the better schnitzels in the white city. The chicken is fresh and it is cooked perfectly, served with fresh lemons and french fries.

Recommendation: Pasta. They offer many different types of  pasta with excellent sauces. Each plate of pasta cost you a mere 29 NIS.

Address:  Ibn Gabirol Street 82

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 7AM- till the last customer

Cafe Nona- an excellent, affordable cafe/bar that is open round the clock (24/7)

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While walking down the busy street of Ibn Gabirol, there are so many different cafes to choose from. One may ask what makes one café better than the other?. Unlike most cafes around Tel Aviv, Café Nona presents a unique concept – a 24/7 café made popular in the U.S.

Café Nona is situated a little south of Rabin Square and is well known for its drinks specials until 2am. Indeed, Café Nona is open 24 hours  a day, though you can only receive both a hot and cold beverage included with your breakfast order until midday. This doesn’t surprise me, Café Nona has a long reputation for being somewhat laid back in its approach to serving their customers. This is not your café if you are short on time. Despite the slow service, the staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Café Nona presents a breakfast unlike most Tel Aviv. Instead of offering the typical different style of  eggs, they present a ‘baked’ eggs option  that is served with a choice of added ingredients, either spinach, feta, tomato or mint. Confused by this new option of baked eggs, I agreed to order one of my eggs baked, which was delicious. All their different breakfast options are presented with fresh bread and a small salad. Their breakfast dishes are available all day, unlike many Tel Aviv cafes.
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Café Nona offers many delicious dishes for lunch and dinner. Among them are sandwiches, salads, schnitzel, or their local bourekas. They offer a business lunch meal which I recommend. Even though most of their non-breakfast dishes are typical Tel Aviv café food, they are great at an affordable price. I recommend ordering the bourekas special if you’re looking for a light bite. The bourekas special was served with salad, tahina, pickles, shredded tomato and an hardboiled egg. I recommend trying their fresh fruit beverages as well.

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Café Nona has a full bar at  a great price. Currently, they are offering 50% off all drinks Sunday throughThursday. The bar has different types of cocktails and can make any kind of drink you might want. The bar staff is very friendly which usually comes with free shots of Whisky, Arak or Vodka. Though their dishes are excellent, the main reason for recommending Café Nona are the great prices at the bar.

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Best Dish: Order the schnitzel. Café Nona schnitzel is one of the tastiest schnitzels in town. The schnitzel is served with mashed potatoes, tartar sauce and a sliced pickle.

Salad Order: The two best salads that they offer are the tuna and the goat cheese salad.

Average Price:45 NIS

Address: Ibn Gibraol 44

Hours: All day every day