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Catit, Tel Aviv

4 Haychal HaTalmud
Tel Aviv
Tel: 972 3 510 7001's insider take:

In the fall of 2006, longtime favorite Catit left its original rural location and brought its innovative cuisine to an Ottoman-era villa in Tel Aviv's Neve Tzedek district. The new digs have original tile floors, delicate wall stenciling, a trio of demure glass-enclosed dining rooms, and a walnut bar. Chef Meir Adoni's menu betrays his Cordon Bleu schooling but doesn't stray too far from Levantine flavors: Slow-cooked lamb osso buco is served on a bed of Jerusalem artichoke cannelloni; mozzarella-filled veal meatballs in a chicken and sage sauce are nestled on a cloud of polenta; a traditional goat cheese–filled kadaifa (Arabian filigree pastry) is drenched in honey rosewater and paired with sage ice cream. Although it's pricey, Catit is filled with local foodies and deep-pocketed visitors who stick around afterward for drinks in the back garden.

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