Herbert Samuel, Tel Aviv
Tel: 972 3 516 6516
Concierge.com's insider take:
With its prime waterfront location, celebrity chef at the ovens, and stylish organic-wood interiors, Herbert Samuel became an instant Tel Aviv institution within months of its opening in late 2007. Lorded over by Israeli culinary pioneer Jonathan Roshfeld, whose eponymous eatery launched Israel's first foodie movement two decades ago, the Mediterranean restaurant is defined by a series of wooden screens that shift to create cozy dining nooks surrounding a central wooden bar. Diners indulge in Roshfeld must-tries including whole-wheat pappardelle with chestnuts and shredded short ribs, anchovies spiked with roasted peppers, and Jerusalem artichoke soup with truffle sauce. The extensive wine list focuses on Mediterranean bottles, including an impressive array of Israeli vintages. The buzzy vibe, the creation of stylish young owner Yair Bekier, brings in a youthful, food-focused crowd during both business lunches and late-night suppers.
Open Sundays through Wednesdays noon to 12:30 am, Thursdays through Saturdays 12:30 pm to 1:30 am.