If you’ve ever tasted harif on your falafel or mixed into your hummus before, you know that Israelis can bring the heat, which makes Israel the perfect destination for hot and spicy Thai flavors. Not only does the White City boast some of the best Asian restaurants in Israel, including some killer Tel Aviv street food staples; more specifically, their Thai game is on point. Warm your soul with a soothing bowl of Thai curry, refresh your palate with a sweet and salty papaya salad, and wash it all down with kaffir lime-inspired cocktails or a crisp Singha. One dish at these Thai Tel Aviv restaurants and your tastebuds will travel to Bangkok and back.
The tastiest Thai Tel Aviv restaurants
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.
This trendy spot is ideal for anyone looking for a fun night out that won’t break the bank. The atmosphere really makes this place unique. Surprisingly, it has a very Copacabana feel, with a funk/soul DJ playing one great tune after another. The drinks are excellent, providing a large range of creative cocktails. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the lychee mojito is for you. The menu is comprised of relatively small dishes, perfect for sharing. The flavours are slightly sweeter than you are likely to find in authentic Thai restaurants, yet asian nonetheless. If you are not a fan of spice, make sure to tell your waiter/waitress- the chefs are definitely big fans of the chilli.
Nithan Thai is a restaurant, bar and cooking school all rolled into one. They are dedicated to Thai culture, where love, joy and smiling are a way of life, and aim to promote these values through food. Each meal connects energy, music, dancing and food to create harmony. Cooking classes with Chef Shahar Shabtay allow visitors to learn to work with the unique flavors and aromas of Thailand. While you learn to bring Thai cooking home, the bartender will treat you to a complementary cocktail. Learn to cook or just come dine, at Nithan Thai, it’s all fine!
Over 20 years, this has become one of the most-loved spots in the city, known for mastering the traditional Thai experience from the coconut-milk squeezed every hour to the vegetables grown on their own farm. Experience meticulous attention to detail, bold flavors and an extensive selection of dishes made from the freshest ingredients around.
There are few options better for those looking for a great date on a budget than Nam. Though their delectable traditional Thai dishes come in at an affordable cost, Nam delivers high-powered tastes and high-energy atmosphere. Pair a papaya salad with a noodle dish jam-packed with flavor, and you’ll feel like you’ve flown all the way to Bangkok. Those not used to the heat of a perfect curry need not be afraid, as Nam can cater to the mildest taste buds, but thrill-seekers can get things cranked up on the spice scale.
Chang Ba is a cozy Thai street food restaurant founded by Eitan Lipschitz and Lior Golan, along with the founders of the excellent Bella in Beit She'arim. Here you’ll find street food with prices suited for every pocket and fresh seasonal flavors that always surprise. Try the Som Tam (green papaya) salad and the green curry in coconut milk with broccoli, eggplant and basil.