With the highest class of chefs whipping up funkier creations at their new restaurants in Israel, the international culinary craze has begun to dominate the Holy Land. From Italian restaurants in Tel Aviv to suave French Jerusalem hotel restaurants, and now, extremely authentic Asian cuisine, Israel is becoming a giant melting pot of nationalities. While many are mislead to believe that due to Kosher laws, sushi and seafood restaurants in Israel are nonexistent, these authentic Asian restaurants prove these prejudices wrong.
The best restaurants in Tel Aviv serving Asian cuisine
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.
It’s no surprise that Taizu earned the title of Time Out’s Best Restaurant for 2 years in a row (and other accolades the years before) with their “Asiaterranean” cuisine, an extensive, seafood-heavy menu of small plates, amazing flavor combinations and consistent craftsmanship. Chef Yuval Ben Neriah’s restaurant is one of the best in town, and Pastry Chef Ana Shapiro’s desserts are in a league of their own thanks to a fusion of savory, sweet and unique ingredients like curry, saffron and other surprisingly harmonious spices.
From fresh fish to kosher Asian cuisine, Chef Meir Adoni has tackled the culinary world as he brings the Far East to the near “White City.” Offerings include: tartar of tuna in soy and honey, sea fish sashimi with green melon, Asian aioli, green tea and lime yogurt and macha powder, grouper capriccio with kohlrabi ravioli and mango, apricot, ginger and lemon grass alongside Indian focaccia on an open grill and more. Pick up those chopsticks and enjoy the best panoramic view around.
Following his success in Taizu and Miazaki, Chef Yuval Ben Neriah is determined to bring real Japanese street food to Tel Aviv. Ben Neriah defines his restaurant ‘Ya Pan’ as his “interpretation of Japanese street food, where some of the products are close to the original and others rely on abstract ideas.” The food served at Ya Pan presents a wide range of new flavors for the Israeli culinary scene, including Japanese curry udon, katsu Carry (Japanese schnitzel), Japanese meat or fish dishes served alongside well-known classical Japanese dishes or classical bistro dishes that were taken care of “Japanese-style." Take a break from the same old sushi and open up your minds to the endless possibilities Ya-Pan has to offer.
Located in the hip and cozy Florentin House Hotel, this fusion restaurant is an exciting new influence on the Israeli culinary scene. Set just beyond the lobby, this high class hipster spot is serving up some of Tel Aviv’s most unique and clever asian fusion dishes. With authentic pork dishes served in a dining room featuring beautiful and natural wood tones, the environment is naturally calming. Seats line the dining room as well as the bar, giving diners a chance to watch how the food is created step by step. While reservations may be hard to make at this constantly popular restaurant, the delayed gratification in waiting is indisputable.
Part of a group of Parisian restaurants by Claude Luzon and Emmanuelle Dayan, Ca-Phe Hanoi is a new Vietnamese and French restaurant with a modern and stylish world-class look, a laid-back vibe, and trippy bathrooms that will mess with your head. The restaurant boasts a brilliantly creative cocktail menu, developed by key players in the Tel Aviv bar world, Dan Kraicer and Yotam Shilo, both behind the award-winning Spicehaus and Double Standard. Vietnamese spring rolls, steamed fish in banana leaves, 7-hour star-anise and cinnamon-infused pho, chicken with ginger and lemongrass, and a long list of local seasonal spices and exotic ingredients are combined to round out an extensive and inventive menu.
Fu prepares beautiful Japanese food at high standards coupled with a lively Tel Aviv neighborhood feel. Enjoy prestigious, detail-oriented sushi created beautifully in front of your eyes or dine on flavors from the wok. Whether you want a casual bite at the bar, a gorgeous Japanese dinner or a Tel Avivian evening of people-watching, everything can be found here.
Featuring an eclectic selection of Asian cuisine, this modern fusion restaurant is known for its creative menu and top-notch sushi bar. Try traditional soups like the ramen, Japanese noodle soup, Thai soups like the“Tom Yom” soup, as well as the flavorful miso soups. Feast on the plump gyoza, or pick from an extensive sushi menu with seafood dishes using fresh Asian spices and vibrant ingredients. Locals know to come for specials like the Malaysian fish, a jam-packed seafood stew with the finest gems of the sea like shrimp, calamari and crabs, all served in a cream sauce showcasing basil and fresh chilies, or the yakitori shrimp steamed in sake and garlic.
This charming spot features delicious food, tasty cocktails, and the finest service. Always with a lively crowd, Vong is full of energy and great food. With a large outdoor patio facing Rothschild Boulevard, one can enjoy their delicious noodles while watching the city pass by. With a large menu offering dishes from rice to fish, there is something to please every guest, from wild and spicy to mild and delicious. Come to Rothschild and escape on an asian vacation from Mediterranean food.
Aside from their dumplings (they have over a dozen different ones – including sweet varieties), Dim Sum Shop makes amazing rice paper, veggie-filled spring rolls. There are plenty of steamed options and even though many of the Instagram-friendly dishes are vibrant in color, no artificial colors or preservatives are used in any of the dishes.
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