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Why Israel Just Might Have the World's Best Restaurant Scene

Tel Aviv indoor market with restaurant (photo: ASHERNET)

Writing for Forbes Magazine, Ann Abel tells us more about why Israeli restaurants provide the best atmosphere for dining out!

Even if we don’t crave heavy comfort food, we do crave comfort rooms—places where we feel at ease among friends (maybe even being hosted by them) and forget about the messy world outside. Some of the best restaurants today are ones where you sit elbow-to-elbow with others, dishes circulate family-style, and the progression of courses is interrupted for socializing, sunshine breaks outside, and dancing between—or atop—the tables. And that’s at lunch.

By that score, it’s hard to name a restaurant scene that’s more appealing than Israel’s.

For starters, there’s the food, a mélange of influences from North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean that’s heavy on fresh vegetables, bright with lemon and briny with olives, subtle with spices, and strong on delicious spreads that can be lavished on bread. There’s abundant fish in coastal areas like Tel Aviv, and grilled meat everywhere (except maybe if the restaurant is kosher). Blissful simplicity makes it rich in flavor. (Fun fact: Israel has the world’s highest percentage of vegans, about twice as many as in the U.S., and plant-based menus proliferate.)

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