Saturday, January 31, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Pol Cafe, Azrieli

Another gem in the Azrieli Mall, much like Oshi Oshi Sushi, mentioned in the previous post, is the Pol Cafe, not necessarily due to its cuisine, though (although we have no complaints about it or anything, everything we tried here was delicious for sure, but not very unique, you can get the same kind of stuff elsewhere in Tel Aviv too), but due to the location.
You see, Pol Cafe is located on the third floor in the Azrieli mall, making it a perfect spot for everyone looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Azrieli for whatever reason. No matter if you've simply grown tired of the crowds, if you have to have a meeting with someone, or something else, Pol Cafe is a bit of an oasis in this busy mall.
Don't get us wrong, however, Pol Cafe is not completely quiet or empty, there are plenty of people here, too, but compared to the rest of Azrieli, it is significantly more quiet. So if that is ever what you are looking for when you are in Azrieli, head over to this coffee shop!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Oshi Oshi Sushi

A lot of people in Tel Aviv love sushi and eat it on a regular basis. So there are quite a lot of nice sushi places around town, but a rather surprising place for nice sushi is the Oshi Oshi restaurant, located in the middle of Azrieli Mall.

We were quite suspicious of this sushi place, both due to its location and because it is kosher (as non kosher diners, we generally tend to find non kosher places better), but after having tried it, we actually found it quite good. The sushi was tasty, the service really fast (also during lunch hours, when a lot of people eat at Azrieli) and the variety of sushi quite nice.

So if you are a typical Tel Avivian, or at least have the taste buds of one, and happen to need to eat in Azrieli, Oshi Oshi sushi is really worth a try.

Oshi Oshi has a website, in case you want to take a look at the menu or know a bit more about them. Unfortunately, it is only in Hebrew though.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The World's Most Beautiful Restaurant is located in Tel Aviv!

This is because the Tel Avivian restaurant Pastel Brasserie has won the 2014 International Space Design Award–Idea Tops award for best designed restaurant!
We have to admit we have not been to this restaurant yet, but having found this out, we are already making plans to go there as soon as possible! (as, we are sure, are many other Tel Avivians)

The restaurant has a website, where you can read a bit more about them, but apparently it is a French bistro (which we love, who doesn't like French food, after all), located on Shaul Ha Melech 27 (yep, inside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, so maybe it's no wonder the restaurant can be seen as a piece of art too?), and based on the pics we've found, it may very well be that this restaurant deserves the title it has been awarded. But like we said, we need to go there in order to find out for ourselves, and when we have, we will be sure to update you of course!

(pic from 51Arch.com)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One of the best things about living in Tel Aviv...

... as well as some of the other larger cities in Israel, as opposed to the smaller ones, is that you actually get all your mail delivered to your house or the building where you live.

Now, this might not sound like such a big deal, but it actually is. In a lot of the smaller cities in Israel, you do not have this luxury, but have to go pick up your mail at a mail station instead. And it is not very uncommon that this place is not very close to where you actually live.

So while the city of Tel Aviv might not have all the greenery of the moshavs and smaller cities of Israel, at least getting the mail is fairly simple, even if you are only staying in Tel Aviv for a short while.

That is, until you have to go to the post office to get packages or something. That can be quite an unpleasant experience, after all. But how to manage at the Israeli post offices is probably a topic for another post entirely...

(the mail station pictured is from the small town of Yavne, Israel)

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Indira

It's pretty easy to mess up Indian food, for some reason. As lovers of Indian food, we have been to Indian restaurants pretty much all over the world, and most Indian restaurants really aren't that good (including most Indian restaurants in Tel Aviv, in case you were wondering). But there are some exceptions out there, such as the legendary Veeraswamy in London, and - maybe surprisingly for some - a restaurant right in Tel Aviv!

That restaurant is Indira, a restaurant established in 1991, in the London Minister building (on the Shaul Hamelech Boulevard side), and still serving amazing meals. We actually go there quite a lot, and have been doing so for years already, but since Indira, as good as it is, is a somewhat common place for us to dine, we probably don't appreciate it enough, and also never remember to take any photos when we go.

But don't let that fool you! Indira is by far the best place for Indian food in Tel Aviv, and although the prices are not cheap, they are definitely reasonable (by Tel Aviv standards, maybe not as much by Indian standards), and there is a lot of variety on the menu too.

We especially recommend the garlic naan, the samusas and the tikka masala if you are at all into that.

For a full menu (in Hebrew), see Indira's website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tel Aviv voted world's smartest city!

What an honor, right?
The award was given to Tel Aviv at the Smart City Expo, and annual event held in Barcelona this year, and Tel Aviv beat 250 other cities to the title. The reason for this title is mainly that the city of Tel Aviv is said to have had what is called a "digital revolution", and some parts of this revolution are interesting for tourists visiting Tel Aviv, too, like the wifi you can find all over town, it certainly does come in handy for tourists a lot of times!

Most aspects of the digital revolution are mostly interesting for the residents of Tel Aviv, of course.

If you'd like to read more about the title, you can do so over at Ynet and Times of Israel.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shopping in Tel Aviv: Ramat Aviv Mall

For those looking for a swankier shopping experience than those you can get in the locations we have previously mentioned here on the blog (Sarona, Dizengoff Center, Azrieli, Gan HaIr and Nachalat Binyamin), Ramat Aviv Mall is a good choice. You will find stores that are hard to find elsewhere in Tel Aviv in this mall, from Longchamp to Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

Generally, the stores are slightly more upscale than the ones you find in other malls in the city, and if you are looking for a store that you like, but find hard to find in Tel Aviv otherwise, it may very well be worth checking if they have it here (happened to us with Kiehl's!). However, this is not a place we recommend for bargain hunters, for obvious reasons. (There are some other places better suited for bargain hunters in the city, however)
The mall houses nice coffee shops and restaurants on top of the stores you will find there, as well as some embassies, and it is located in Ramat Aviv, a part of town most tourists go to if they want to visit either the University, or the Diaspora Museum or the Eretz Israel museum. Ramat Aviv is fairly easy to get to from central Tel Aviv, even though it may look like it is far away, thanks to direct bus lines that take you straight here.