Healthy, ca­sual and fast din­ing in Tel Aviv

Time for McDon­ald’s to be scared

The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - CONTENTS - • By SHARON FEIEREISEN

For decades fast-ca­sual in Tel Aviv was code for shwarma, falafel or burg­ers. While sta­ples like Yashka Shwarma won’t be go­ing any­where, there’s a fast-grow­ing crop of eater­ies that value health­ier cook­ing tech­niques (think sprouted nuts or av­o­cado oil for fry­ing) and they’re putting healthy foods front and cen­ter.

Whether you’ve got five min­utes to spare or an af­ter­noon to while away, here’s a look at the best spots for load­ing up on good fats, healthy carbs and se­ri­ously de­li­cious (white-sugar free!) desserts.

Ur­ban Shaman

Ur­ban Shaman co-founder Udi Sa­har is an OG in this space. Be­fore he had his own sprawl­ing in­door-out­door self-ser­vice eatery he spent years sell­ing on-de­mand cold-pressed juices, raw-ve­gan foods and cleanses long be­fore they were a thing. Af­ter op­er­at­ing as a pop-up, Ur­ban Shaman now has a per­ma­nent home on a busy stretch of Dizen­goff Street. Dishes range from co­conut and date-based “ice cream,” quinoa-based muffins, and buck­wheat pan­cakes to grain and legume-rich stews and, of course, av­o­cado toast and smoothie bowls.

210 Dizen­goff Street, 03-752-1102; Ur­ban­

Jars & Bowls

Is­rael is at the fore­front of so many tech­nolo­gies, so it’s al­ways sur­pris­ing to see how many parts of daily life are an­ti­quated. (How many times have you been asked to fax some­thing?) Jars & Bowls is try­ing to change that. In­stead of hav­ing a per­son take your or­der, pa­trons use dig­i­tal kiosks where they can not only see the en­tire menu (in­clud­ing pic­tures), but can put in spe­cial re­quests (like no salt) as they check off picks. True to its name, dishes are served in ei­ther jars or bowls (mostly sal­ads or rice/brown rice/quinoa-based veg­gie and legume mixes) and there is plenty of seat­ing avail­able both in­door and out­door.

1 Roth­schild Boule­vard, (03) 734-2780; Jarsand­ Kosher.

Meshek Barzi­lay

Meshek Barzi­lay has long been a pop­u­lar or­ganic, veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan bistro in Neveh Tzedek. But more re­cently, owner Merav Barzi­lay opened a deli and gourmet shop next door. For this rus­tic-chic spot she was in­spired by Whole Foods, mean­ing you’ll find a mix of fresh pro­duce, pack­aged goods from lo­cal pur­vey­ors and a hot/ cold pre­pared-food bar where pa­trons can build their own meals. There are also baked goods, shakes and there’s lo­cal beer on tap, all of which you can en­joy to go, at a com­mu­nal din­ing ta­ble or on their back pa­tio.

6 Ahad Ha’am Street , (03) 516-6329; Meshek­barzi­ Deli, not restau­rant, is kosher.


There’s a rea­son steak-lovers are bliss­fully happy din­ing at ve­gan eatery Bana: It’s in­sanely de­li­cious. Un­like so many ve­gan spots, Bana does not try to mimic meat, but in­stead it uses the best qual­ity pro­duce to ac­tu­ally make you want to eat a plate of broc­coli and cauliflower – se­ri­ously! Its dishes are fla­vor­ful thanks to hearty doses of raw sprouted nuts, nu­tri­tional yeast and other fiber-rich, healthy in­gre­di­ents. Even its bread – whole spelt sour­dough – is top-notch in fla­vor and op­ti­mized for easy di­ges­tion. While Bana is a restau­rant, be­cause of its lunch deal (one or two cour­ses served with bread, tehina and roasted to­ma­toes for NIS 59-69), it has be­come a very pop­u­lar spot for lunch take­away.

36 Nah­mani Street, 050-699-1062; Face­­nach­mani/

Golden Sun Kom­bucha

This adorable new des­ti­na­tion is the only place ded­i­cated to kom­bucha in Tel Aviv. In fact, if you’ve had kom­bucha in Is­rael, odds are that it was sup­plied by Golden Sun (they’re stocked at, among oth­ers, Cit­i­zen, Al­bert, Jusa, Bana, Teva Tari Jaffa and Mako­let Teva). For the unini­ti­ated, kom­bucha is a pro­bi­otic-rich drink that helps fight dis­ease, helps with di­ges­tion and helps stim­u­late im­mune func­tion. It’s a lit­tle sweet, a lit­tle sour and slightly car­bon­ated, so it can help with soda ad­dic­tion. In ad­di­tion to the brew, Golden Sun stocks small ve­gan de­lights in­clud­ing pra­lines and ve­gan cook­ies from lo­cal brands like Piece of Na­ture (the menu will be ex­pand­ing in the com­ing months). Ev­ery other week Golden Sun hosts events like po­etry slams or mu­sic nights to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether while serv­ing kom­bucha, kom­bucha cock­tails and a pre­view of the ex­panded menu (ve­gan curry, matcha and acai ice cream...).

87 Al­lenby Street, 054-724-5005; Face­­en­sunkom­bucha/

Cit­i­zen Gar­den

While it would be a shame not to make use of Cit­i­zen Gar­den’s pic­turesque back gar­den, you can place a take­away or­der at their bar for dishes like chia pud­ding, yo­gurt-based bowls, macro bowls (len­til & wheat, zoo­dle or herb quinoa-based) or av­o­cado toast. They also have an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of spe­cialty lat­tés (think beetroot or ac­ti­vated char­coal),

elixirs (think a detox­ing combo of gin­ger, lemon, ac­ti­vated char­coal, mint, turmeric and agave), cof­fee, wine and freshly pressed juices.

15 Mon­te­fiore Street, 054-556-6431; Ci­ti­zen­gar­


BeetleJuice is a lit­tle grab-and-go shop that spe­cial­izes in cold-pressed juices, smooth­ies, acai bowls, chia pud­ding and cleanse pro­grams. It also has a pop-up at Liky’s Port, a fit­ness stu­dio, mean­ing that you can pre-or­der some­thing from the menu and have it wait­ing for you af­ter your work­out is done. Ev­ery­thing is made fresh and their in­gre­di­ents are top-notch (in­clud­ing blue­ber­ries sourced from the Shuk HaNa­mal). While smoothie and acai bowls are of­ten loaded with added sug­ars like honey or date syrup, BeetleJuice of­fers health­ier al­ter­na­tives, should you so choose.

32 Harav Yizkhak Ye­didya Frenkel Street, (03) 973-1565; Face­

Cafe Ha­manya

This laid-back new café from the owner of Bucke Café of­fers take­away and a grab-and-go counter of raw-ve­gan desserts and cook­ies. Dishes in­clude a se­lec­tion of sal­ads (the stand­out is freekeh salad, which comes with raw beetroot falafels, green tehina, and green chili crack­ers, and seaweed and zoo­dle salad), smoothie bowls, and fans of Bucke will rec­og­nize a take on the café’s sig­na­ture tray with hand­fuls of var­i­ous sal­ads (in this case it’s a veg­e­tar­ian ver­sion). With in­door and out­door seat­ing and a friendly staff, this place is al­ways bustling.

37 Basel Street, (03) 946-3990 Face­­manya-1953211665007904/

Dosa Bar

Dosas are a sta­ple of South In­dian cui­sine. Tra­di­tion­ally they’re served as a veg­e­tar­ian dish con­sist­ing of a sa­vory crepe made from fer­mented rice and black moong (a.k.a. mung) lentils and filled with po­tato masala and a tangy sam­bar (a.k.a. len­til-based veg­etable stew). Dosa Bar – which just re­cently opened a next-door ve­gan dessert togo spot – of­fers a long list of healthy, af­ford­able and fill­ing op­tions that you can en­joy there or or­der at the take­away counter. All dosas, even the un­filled plain ones, come with var­i­ous dip­ping sauces and a side of len­til stew/soup.

188 Ben-Ye­huda Street, (03) 659-1961; Face­­abar/


Neroli Health Food Store & Diner

A long­stand­ing healthy food spot in Tel Aviv, Neroli is a self-ser­vice eatery and gro­cery store with a long list of or­ganic, fresh pro­duce as well as pack­aged goods. Their ready-to-eat raw ve­gan fare in­cludes cauliflower rice sushi, raw pizza, raw pad Thai and a counter full of raw dessert op­tions like blondies, brown­ies, spir­ulina balls and cook­ies. Neroli’s list of smooth­ies is also very ex­ten­sive. While most peo­ple take their food to-go, there are a hand­ful of ta­bles in­side and out­side for those look­ing to dine in.

3 Lilien­blum Street, (03) 510-7869;

Jusa Cold Pressed

If all you’re look­ing for is a cold-pressed juice, cold pop­si­cle or a small, healthy treat (think oat­meal pud­ding, ve­gan cashew nut yo­gurt, chia pud­ding, muesli, fresh co­conut or tapi­oca), you can find a great se­lec­tion at Jusa. From the same team as the ever-pop­u­lar Tamara, Jusa also of­fers shakes and juice cleanses.

151 Ibn Gabirol Street, (03) 730-5599;

Su­per­food Bou­tique

The cool­ers at Su­per­food Bou­tique are lined with preser­va­tive-free sal­ads, sa­vory bowls, sand­wiches and sweets, all of which were con­ceived with the help of a natur­opath to max­i­mize nu­tri­tion and di­ges­tive ben­e­fits. Dishes range from the fill­ing – think an Asian-in­spired bowl made with for­bid­den rice noo­dles, mush­rooms, edamame, car­rot cream and miso/gin­ger dress­ing – to light, detox juices and smooth­ies.

10 Mar­morek Street, (03) 688-6779; Su­per­food.bou­tique/


Ap­pro­priately named given that it’s box-size, JuiceBox has two lo­ca­tions, both of which were opened by lo­cal model Michael Lewis. This is a great stop for a quick bite or a liq­uid lunch. The menu in­cludes green juices, fresh fruit or veg­etable juices, smooth­ies, as well as health shots and bowls (acai, spir­ulina or ca­cao).

81 Ben-Ye­huda Street and 28 King Ge­orge Street; 054-944-2244; Face­

Talk to Juice

Opened just last month, Talk to Juice serves – you guessed it – juices, along with smooth­ies and a tightly edited menu of sand­wiches. Stand­outs in­clude their herb-topped caprece and re­fresh­ing green juice, all of which you can en­joy on-the-go or while wait­ing for your ta­ble at nearby and per­pet­u­ally packed Bene­dict or Java.

196 Ben-Ye­huda Street; Face­

CIT­I­ZEN GAR­DEN. (Zan­tk­ern Me­dia)

BANA. (Pho­tos: Cour­tesy)


JUSA COLD Pressed.


GOLDEN SUN Kom­bucha.


NEROLI HEALTH Food Store & Diner.


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