At almost any given moment someone in Tel Aviv is starting his or her day with coffee, eggs and a chopped salad. Breakfast in Tel Aviv is serious business, and the major players are no longer just cafes and hotels (famous for their lush Israeli breakfast buffets). Some of the best restaurants in town have joined the breakfast club of late. With fully equipped kitchens, professionally trained staff and serious egos, restaurant chefs have taken breakfast up a notch, transforming the basic deal (coffee, juice, eggs any style, bread and Israeli salad) into inspired culinary creations. Breadbaskets feature the likes of mini brioche and sourdough rolls. Yogurt has magically morphed into fancy yogurt parfaits, served with exotic fruit salads and home made granola. The Israeli salad is meticulously chopped to order, and served with a side dish of top quality tahini spread. Accompanying cheese platters include samples from leading boutique dairy farms. Forget humble scrambled eggs or a basic omelet - current local favorite is the re-invented shakshuka, a simple Lybian egg dish that has been transformed into a veritable gourmet concoction, featuring anything from seafood to mushroom ragout.
Such an elaborate meal deserves at least a fully dedicated hour to consume. And so a sub-category of Tel Aviv breakfast was born – weekend brunch, served on Fridays and Saturdays. In many restaurants weekend brunch has become the most in-demand meal of the week, with local foodies about town trading information about the best brunch spots. In tune with the indulgent weekend mood, the meal often starts with a champagne cocktail and ends with dessert, but the sweetest part of the deal is the check, which rarely exceeds NIS 70 (about USD 18), including a dreamy cappuccino.
Even though most hotel stays include breakfast, and usually a good one, it’s worthwhile to get out of the hotel at least once and join the locals. Here are ten of my breakfast/brunch favorites – restaurants that combine yummy food with lovely ambience.
Looking forward to receiving your comments, requests and cooking notes!
Dallal the best
bread basket in town
Atnachta a little taste of Jerusalem
Faut yummy granola by the sea side
La Bon Patisserie a French take on the local breakfast