Hôtel de Ville: sophisticated drinks and Frenchie delights - just what Tel Aviv ordered

By Elianna Bar-El
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Chef Yogev Yaros joins mastermind mixologist Ariel Leizgold and together they've opened the new gastro-bar Hôtel de Ville, in the heart of Tel Aviv
 
Smack dab on Dizengoff Street, in one of Tel Aviv's most prime people-watching locations, Hôtel de Ville is now holding court, a charming gastro-bar inspired by the age-old bistros decorating the streets and alleys of Paris. The new hotspot offers a creative and contemporary menu inspired by the City of Lights, created by chef Yogev Yaros (of Mel and Michelle). Beside him, Ariel Leizgold has crafted a complimentary beverage menu focusing on Francophile cocktails and sparkling wines.

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Chef Yogev Yaros focuses on dishes that characterize Parisian cuisine with his own personal twist. The result is a colorful and captivating range of dishes with a whole lot of flavor. For starters, go for the delectable tempura shrimp sidled by matchstick frites with a tangy lemon zest, the duck foie gras mousse crowned with rasberries or the crab gratin with purple potatoes and parmesan. Mains are delicious and hearty; the steak frites and plump goose - both expertly cooked - can't be beat. 

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Behind the cocktail menu, intricately crafted by award-winning mixologist Ariel Leizgold, a great deal of research has been devoted to visiting and applying the culture of French hospitality and drinking. At Hôtel de Ville, Leizgold combines his knowledge and experience with unique and surprising raw materials, flavors, spices, and a variety of ingredients that are all blended and whirled on the spot. Beautiful presentation, servingware, and unexpected accoutrements all delight the senses and heighten the experience. In addition to the cocktails on the menu, guests can expect an extensive wine menu combining unusual selections of French wines alongside Israeli wines.

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Both the interior and outdoor patio of Hôtel de Ville were designed by interior designer Shahar Weiss and Ariel Leizgold. Taking cues of inspiration from the films of Jean-Luc Godard, one of the most influential French filmmakers of his generation, the refined, yet eclectic design brings together urban and Tel Avivian motifs, alongside classical Parisian touches. With a tongue-in-cheek, quirky-cute touch, Hôtel de Ville's staff dons crisp white T-shirts emblazoned with various French sayings, quipping things like "enchanté", "comme ci, comme ça", and more.

Hôtel de Ville, 230 Dizengoff St, Tel Aviv. Tel: 03-9746999, Opening hours: 17:00 - 02:00

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