Israel’s Top Tables

Planning on going to Israel during the Jewish High Holidays? Here’s your guide to finding the top tables this year.

Israel used to be the last place you would choose for a gourmet break. Now it’s a nosh fest.

With most holidays only a week or two away, you’ll want to plan your dining schedule before you hit the departure lounge. So JC Food has quizzed the foodiest Israelis we know on what’s hot in the land of mahallabi and pomegranate molasses.

Gil Hovav, a Tel Aviv-based restaurant critic, has plenty to recommend: “My favourite of the past few months is Pastel at the Tel Aviv Museum ( It’s a lovely creative restaurant and has won awards for best design. It is open for lunch and dinner.”

Dishes include a spicy caprese salad of tomatoes, mozzarella and seed basil, and crispy sea bream with Moroccan carrot cream with a warm salad of wheat, beans and pesto.

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