Abraxas Tzafon, Tel Aviv
So many people told me we have to go to Abraxas Tzafon. We were scheduled to go there the last night in Tel Aviv but we realized we were leaving in the morning not the evening and we had to get it in. We opted for lunch. For us, it was the right call. Much more mellow than dinner from what I am told. The music was spectacular from Leonard Cohen to Billy Holiday to Nina Simone to Serge Gainsbourg. We sat at the bar which surrounds the kitchen. Everything we ate was absolutely given thought to in terms of the flavors and prepation. You knew that there was a smart cutting edge chef behind every plate coming out of the kitchen and that alone is a reason to go to Abraxes Tzafon.
We split a few things to start. A killer tomato salad. Simple yet sublime. A variety of tomatoes from cherry to Italian sliced and then doused with olive oil and dry herbs and salt. If you peak inside the kitchen there is an entire area just devoted to tomatoes. You have to love that. I particularly like the presentation of the top half of the tomato that is usually set aside.
The whole cauiflower was amazing. My guess is that at a very high heat the entire cauliflower is roasted and then served to you wrapped up in parchment paper. Everything is served on paper or wrapped in paper. We were each given a plate for the share but I think we were lucky to score the plate.
Our waiter told me that out of all the pita sandwiches that the meat one was the one to get. Think of a Philly cheesesteak in a pita bread with Middle Eastern spices. Quite good. It was if I had it before but had never had it before.
We ordered a round of ribs which we thought were going to be spareribs instead it turned out to be lamb chops on the bone. Wrapped up in parchment paper stuffed with the lamb and some sauce. Quite good.
So glad we did a lunch there. Even watching what the other customers ordered. There was an open faced swordfish sandwich with sliced celery and a type of cream of the top and a pizza with creme fraiche and pepper. Truly a unique and innovative spot.