Ok, by this point, you know these Israeli chefs so well, they’re practically family (or you’re practically a stalker). We’ve shared their favorite Tel Aviv restaurants for fine dining, their all round top Tel Aviv restaurant picks, and more. But what happens after dinner? We’re finishing off the series of “Where Israeli chefs eat” with the last important insider information: which Tel Aviv nightlife establishments they like to end the night at? Can you guess where Haim Cohen likes to party? Or where Eyal Shani turns things up?
Hidden inside the Imperial Hotel, the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar is the top of the top when it comes to craft cocktails. This temple to the lost art of cocktail goes back to the source, featuring veteran bartenders from the younger years of the White City. With an Asian-colonial inspired kitchen and a wide range of music from jazz to rock n’ roll, it’s no coincidence Imperial was crowned Drinks International magazine’s ‘Best Bar in Africa and the Middle East.’
Classy and chic, this restaurant in the Montefiore Boutique Hotel is a must for lovers of meticulous food and impeccable style. The restaurant offers brunch and evening menus that are as much an oasis of style as the boutique hotel itself. The tasteful jazz paired with elegant antique silverware makes the Montefiore the place to fall in love with French cuisine cast under a Vietnamese spell any time of day.
Talk to anyone who has lived in Tel Aviv for long enough to know where to eat and the Thai House will inevitably come up as the place to go for authentic, delicious Thai dishes. With little to no competition, the place is perpetually packed and reservations are actually a must. And now, after two decades of anticipation, the owner has finally branched out and opened another venture called Kab Kem, featuring drinks and Thai bites. However, "bites" implies something small, but what we are talking about here is a one-two punch packed with flavor and then some. Expect intense salty, sour and ever-so-spicy mouthfuls - with dishes covering the gamut from land and sea. And with such spice comes the need to keep a steady pace, taking the eating and drinking in measured stride - almost forcing patrons to enjoy every last bit, and every last sip. With menu fixtures ranging from noodle dishes bursting with crystal shrimp and grilled scallops steaming straight from the wok to a host of exotic Thai cocktails - taking your time is all part of the exceptional experience.
The little brother to the wine bar Brut, located next door, is Extra Brut. The only beers on tap are Guinness and Stella Artois, which are served in cold glasses to create a whole new standard of beer drinking. Extra Brut also has special alcohol unique to this bar, making it worth the trip. The kitchen serves bruschetta with cured and smoked fish, cheeses and meats from around the world. The menu also always has Asian-inspired dishes. Everything served at Extra Brut has been selected from the shuk earlier that day, so the menu items change in order to reflect the highest-quality ingredients available, as well as the mood of the chef.
One of the most well-loved spots in Tel Aviv is this Parisian style brasserie. With a meticulously detailed Art Deco interior, this spot is packed ‘round the clock, serving up well-executed French classics with a side of creativity. Fashionable and casual, locals come here to get their comfort food fix.
Effortlessly fashionable, this restaurant and bar serves up ethnic cooking with the best local ingredients and a meticulous attention to detail. Eclectic spices, fresh breads from the Tabun (clay oven) and modern takes on Mediterranean comfort food, make it one of the top prize winning restaurants in the city.