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Israel's Best Restaurants - The Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2013

2013 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to hear the winners of Time Out's annual Food & Drink Awards. Prizes are awarded based on surveys, taking place both in the restaurants themselves and on Time Out's website. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer – here are the best restaurants of 2013!
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Again, as in previous years, Toto has taken the top spot for restaurants. The fact that it achieves this year after year only makes this more impressive. Chef Yaron Shelo was considered the prodigy of local cuisine, and now that he's won this prestigious award several times, he's proven himself to be one of Israel's top chefs. His food can be characterised by minimal altering of natural, fresh ingredients, served with joy.

Best Bistro - HaMizlala 

HaMizlala is one of the newer restaurants in town, but it has nevertheless secured itself a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the city. The restaurant, headed by well-known chef Meir Adoni, serves a selection of dishes based on the best ingredients, masterfully prepared, such as kubana, brain on croissant, pork belly, and more.

Best Sea Food Restaurant – Manta Ray

To be honest, this one was a bit of a surprise. Not because the restaurant isn't great, rather that so many new sea food restaurants have opened in the last few years, making this an even more impressive achievement. Located on Charles Clore beach, the restaurant combines great food with a stunning view of Tel Aviv's beaches. 

Best Asian Restaurant – Thai House

Thai House is without a doubt the most authentic of the Asian restaurants. While there are many fantastic Asian restaurants in Tel Aviv, Thai House stands out in not trying to adapt its recipes to the Israeli palette. On the contrary, the flavors served here are enough to whisk you away to Thailand, although the prices are most definitely Israeli.

Best Breakfast – Benedict

This is probably the least surprising of the results as no one can compete with a Benedict breakfast, both in selection and quality. The real fun of Benedict though is that you can order breakfast 24 hours a day.

Best Fine Dining – Mul Yam

This one isn't too surprising either. In fact, this is the fifth year in a row that the restaurant has won this award, and not for nothing. The restaurant, which specializes in sea food, and also imports its shellfish, faces no real threat for this title. The quality of their fresh lobster puts them in a league of their own. Before you get too excited, be aware that the average meal here costs 500 shekels a head.

Best Newcomer – Taizu

On the one hand this is to be expected, and on the other, it is an impressive achievement considering the number of new restaurants opened in the last year. That said, Taizu stands out above the rest in its uniqueness. Over 8 million shekels was invested into it before opening, a huge amount in comparison with other restaurants. Its distinctive menu makes it one of the best Asian restaurants in the city.


Best Institution – Dixie

Dixie has for a long time been considered more than just another restaurant but rather a real institution. This authentic American restaurant is a real home for all of Tel Aviv's residents. The fact that it is open 24 hours a day means it is a haven for locals after a night out with a craving to lower their alcohol levels. Let there be no confusion though, this is a genuine restaurant with a simply fantastic menu – you can't go wrong!

Here's hoping that 2014 brings some new winners onto the scene, but for now if you're hungry we recommend working your way through this list. Beteavon! 

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