Coming from out of town to Tel Aviv can be very confusing--too many people on the streets, every road and parking has its own different sign and coffee shops are located at every corner. Finding a cafe gem becomes a challenge.
How can we know we are really sitting at an authentic coffee shop, let alone one that serves delicious food for a good price? Well, I have the answer for you--Cafe Michal. Open since 2003, Cafe Michal has quite a bit of seniority over many places.
The cafe-bisto is located at an ideal place on Dizengoff, right at the corner of Jabotinsky. The place is open, inviting and quite cozy. Even during this cold winter the place is filled with sunshine that beams on the vintage European design.
Every season there is an additional specials menu, so be sure to come eat between 5:00pm and midnight to get the best, most yummy foods. Since I like to consider myself quite the foodie, I had to try all the intriguing foods and see for myself if the flavors mix well.
For Carnivores and Seafood Lovers and Vegetarians
The gnocchi with the walnuts and the sirloin is a must, and if you are more daring be sure to order the crabs baked with a crab and Cassis juice--I myself am not a huge fan of seafood but this was one of the most delicious baked pie (if you will) ever!!
Want a bit of the Israeli flavor? Order the tabouleh, or the okra stew! Want to try something really new and a good recipe to add to your list? Have the black lentil salad which has such a special flavor you'll be begging for more!
Worth the Small Dig Into Your Pocket
For a good price you can quite splurge at Cafe Michal. The food ranges in the 40-50 shekels for a big dish, but if you are already there, be sure to order either the hot sangria or the cold white sangria for an extra zing to your experience. With this, the total cost of the meal can reach to about 70 shekels a person if not a bit more.