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Winners of Time Out Tel Aviv's Eating & Drinking Awards announced!

Take a look at the best of the best Tel Aviv has to offer in the food and drink scene

By Dalit Nemirovsky
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Every year, come end of December, all the who's who of Tel Aviv's bustling culinary scene come together to hear the verdict. Which is the best restaurant in the city? Who is the up-and-coming chef wonder? Who is the bartender with the right attitude? And where the hell do you find the hottest pizza slice in town? This year, the party took place in the city’s new, hot and happening event space, Beit Hasmachot ('house of joy' in Hebrew) - and joyful it was. Time Out Tel Aviv announced the winners in each category and the crowd roared. When the evening ended, some left the party screaming, while some left hoping for a better outcome next year. We believe that just being nominated is a great honour.

And the winners are....

Taizu
Taizu
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11. Best Asian Restaurant - Taizu

Restaurants Pan-Asian White City

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.

Thai House
Thai House
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12. Best Thai Restaurant - Thai House

Restaurants Thai Tel Aviv City Center

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.

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13. Best Meat Restaurant - Brasserie Hudson

Restaurants Steakhouse Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Winner of the 'best meat restaurant in Tel Aviv' in Time Out Tel Aviv's 2017 food and drink awards, Hudson lives up to its carnivorous reputation. The steakhouse not only takes its inspiration from America, it surpasses it with the finest dry-aged steaks, succulent burgers and unique twists on other classic dishes. The chefs at Hudson let the ingredients 'speak for themselves', while selecting the best Israeli cows and treating their produce with the utmost of care. Drop by for a business lunch, or bring the family after work for dinner. You'll be making your next reservation before the night is even over.

La Repubblica Ronimoti
La Repubblica Ronimoti
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14. Best Italian Restaurant - La Repubblica Ronimoti

Restaurants Italian White City

When Roni Belfer and Motti Sofer created La Repubblica, they strove to develop a restaurant that upheld their core culinary values of creating local, seasonal and fresh food, while continuously preserving rich Italian culinary heritage. Many of the restaurant’s vegetables and herbs are grown fresh in their very own backyard garden. Alongside the displayed cheeses, cold cuts and famous anti-pasti, they prepare homemade pastas, bake fresh pizzas, and cook meat and fish with extreme attention to detail. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll need a good excuse not to pop in and enjoy the rustic cuisine.

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Tony Vespa Pizza
Tony Vespa Pizza
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15. Best Pizzeria - Tony Vespa Pizza

Restaurants Pizza White City

The winner of time Out Tel aviv best pizza award since it was established, and with three branches in Tel Aviv alone, Tony Vespa Pizza is the best spot to grab a slice or two in Tel Aviv. With original flavors and topping choices, Tony Vespa offers vegan options as well as a ton of great meat options. Slices are ordered by weight, so you can choose a custom size that suits your appetite perfectly! If you are looking for a quick and filling bite to eat in the center of Tel Aviv, look no further.

Anite
Anite
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16. Best Ice Cream - Anita

Restaurants Ice cream parlors Neve Tzedek

Anita’s world-famous boutique serves up 100% hand-made ice cream, made from natural ingredients. With over 150 flavours of frozen yogurts, sorbets and organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and real-cream options, Anita has something for everyone. With mouth-watering toppings, such as fresh fruit, syrups, premium chocolates and homemade jams, Anita’s is a treat that can’t be beat! Anita’s locally sourced ingredients ensure the freshest, highest quality desserts. Flavours include brownie, chocolate almonds with caramel, mascarpone ricotta strawberries and tiramisu hazelnut mousse, along with more classic tastes. Try it in a cone or on top of a waffle!

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Hakosem
Hakosem
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17. Best Street Food - Hakosem

Restaurants Fast food spots Tel Aviv City Center

Thanks to their creamy hummus dishes, sensational shawarma, and salads chopped to perfection, it's no surprise Hakosem’s always bustling with customers. You can literally taste the passion in every blissful bite, a passion shared by the chefs and the friendly wait staff. At the end of your meal, you’ll be busting at the seams with satisfaction just as the restaurant is busting at the seams with happy customers.

Delicatessen
Delicatessen
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18. Best Deli - Delicatessen

Restaurants Cafés White City

Located past Rothschild’s eclectic restaurants, an almost hidden establishment is worth the extra journey to find. Once you come across this special gem, follow the heavenly aromas inside where all the wine, olives, fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan meats, cheese, and deli-style ready-made food you can think of await. Think New York’s Chelsea Market meets London’s Borough Market meets Toronto’s Kensington Market all crammed into one main floor. After drooling over the first floor of Delicatessen, make your way upstairs to the busy restaurant offering up a wide array of dishes like Asian-inspired salads, chopped liver, roast beef, and Salmon with Bulgur. As if your taste buds aren’t spoiled enough, each table includes a basket of freshly baked bread. For a great appetizer and main dish deal, grab the NIS 79 lunch special with a friend.

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Lachmania
Lachmania
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19. Best Boulangerie - Lachmanina

Restaurants Cafés White City

Lachmanina’s charm saw it grow from a single neighborhood cafe into multiple locations, and it’s easy to see why. A favorite with locals where the variety is incredible—especially the selection of loaves. Nut breads, caraway breads and sourdoughs are just the tip of the iceberg here. For those with a sweet tooth, try a fruit tart, a chocolate-filled pita or even a mini caramelized cream puff filled with delicious crème patisserie. Locals opt for the signature Nelson bread, a South African treat made from whole and dark wheat, sesame and sunflower seeds, bran and a touch of honey. Firm and tight, it could almost pass for cake.

Dallal Bakery
Dallal Bakery
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20. Best Pâtisserie - Dallal

Restaurants Cafés Neve Tzedek

Located in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town. Incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes and colorful sandwiches. Opt for savory quiches or the fluffy croissants—this place is the ultimate destination for quality hand-made pastries and classic cakes made to perfection.

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