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HaSalon, Tel Aviv

8 Ma'Avar HaYavok Street
Tel Aviv
Tel: 972 52 703 5888's insider take:

HaSalon energetically proves that the concept of "dinner as theater" is alive and well in Tel Aviv. Located in an obscure industrial area on the city's eastern fringe, "the salon" is an exercise in epicurean audacity—but only two nights per week, when chef-owner Eyal Shani and a team of a half-dozen sous-chefs create dazzling (and pricey) meals. The small, always-packed space stars a central open kitchen, and the see-and-be-seen crowd flits between tables. The menu, defined by Shani's weekly finds from throughout Israel, might include a single crystal shrimp wrapped ravioli-style, or entrecôte prepared table-side and infused with olive oil and rosemary to the applause of diners. Never shy, Shani clearly revels in the ovations.

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 7pm until closing.

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