Israeli Beautiful by Wani Azahar
We travelled to the Land of Milk and Honey to discover all the sweet things Israel has to offer.
From the vibrancy of Tel Aviv in the centre to the breathtaking desert views of Mitzpe Ramon in the South, Israel satiated the itching wanderlust that was in us.
There’s no denying that the flight from Singapore (SIN) to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) was a gruelling 21-hour journey. There’s also no denying that it was definitely worth it. We were greeted by a ray of bright sun as we landed in Israel that Thursday evening. With the air being warm and dry, it marked the start of our adventure to unravel the best foods and views of Israel.
We kicked off the weekend — that very Thursday night (they sure do start early there!) as we headed to Cerveza Bar. Packed with locals getting into the thick of the action that is WorldCup, the bar is bustling with laughters and noise.
Not only known for their generous hospitality (ehem, free shots anyone?), Cerveza is famed for selling only tap beers (just cause they taste so much better).
With a wide variety of 16 beer variants, we were definitely spoiled for choice with our favourite being none other than GoldStar - you know it’s good when it’s known to be the unofficial beer of the Israelis.
Travelling away from the city, we headed south where spectacular views await us. We knew we were going somewhere really special, but what we saw simply left us breathless. Measuring 38km long, 6km wide and 450m deep, the Makhtesh Ramon is a larger-than-life crater in the town of Mitzpe Ramon.
Located at the peak of Mount Negev, it is considered to be the world’s largest makhtesh. Aptly-shaped like an elongated heart, I undoubtedly fell in love with the view as I stood from Bereshit Hotel.
More on Bereshit Hotel, it is one of the most exclusive hotels in Israel. With each room having their own private outdoor balcony, we fell asleep with the stars looking down on us and the chilly desert breeze caressing our skin - a memory one won’t soon forget.
Deemed as the number one place to dine in Tel Aviv, our next dinner at Herbert Samuel was made even more delightful with the company of our local friends. From Beef Tartare to Lamb Chops and Scallops to Chocolate Cakes, we had as many entrees as we did main courses.
And with the kitchen led by famous Israeli Chef Jonathan Roshfeld whose work has spanned across the world, including the two Michelin starred "Le Royal Gray" in Cannes for three years, we already knew we wouldn’t be disappointed.
Let’s just say we left the place with no clear favourites as they were all just so palatable!
6 Koifman St
Yaffo Tel Aviv
98 Yigal Alon St, Electra Tower
Dizengoff St 174
Helmed by MasterChef Judge Chef Haim Cohen, we simply couldn’t miss out Yaffo Tel Aviv Restaurant on our culinary journey. Welcomed by beautiful interiors, dim lights and a stunning open kitchen concept, Yaffo Tel Aviv makes perfect for Date Night. We started off with the impeccably-presented entrees of Grilled Calamari and Beef Carpaccio that tasted just as good as they looked.
Moving on to our main courses, we were eager to savour the Beef Fillet with Black Lentils and Bone Marrow Tortellini as well as Grouper Fillet with Organic Corn Cream and Mushroom Ragout. The steak was done just right on one hand while the different ingredients of the seafood dish collided in perfect harmony - we couldn’t be more pleased.
Other Note-Worthy Places
1. Agadir Burger Bar for the juiciest gourmet burger
2. Dixie Grill Bar for the magical wings with a secret sauce concoction
3. Naji in Abu Ghosh town for the most authentic falafel and hummus
4. Caffe Metzada for the best ocean-view lunch of salmon capers
5. Landwer’s Coffee for the most satisfying breakfast and coffee to cure that hangover