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“To see and be seen, but not to eat....”
Review of Yaffo Tel Aviv

Yaffo Tel Aviv
Ranked #96 of 1,652 Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: http://www.mevashlim.com/Article/25409001.asp
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Needless to say, there is a lot of hype around this restaurant, being owned by Haim Cohen (who's concept of food I ordinarily love) The table must be booked far in advance, but we definitely wanted to try it. The place is lovely, very 2012 contemporary, and I thought, wow, I am sure the food will be great. I looked at the menu, which seemed ordinary, the focus being on meat...beef, lamb, osso buco. When I saw the wine menu, I was surprised at the choice (or lack thereof)...one would think there would be a good amount of Bordeaux to choose from....nope, just lots of Cote de Rhone, Dolcetto and Barbera's and a Burgundy or two......We settled on an Israeli wine that was ok but nothing special. The food started to arrive....we started with a fish carpaccio with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, which, should have been nice, but was DESPERATELY missing some citrus to balance out a very very syrupy sweet sauce....you may give this a miss. My husbands main course came, and it looked like such a mess on the plate, I wondered that he didn;t return it to the kitchen pronto (we were invited and couldn't say anything much but thank you) On this plate was a potato and eggplant rosti (which was delectable) with three large lamb chops piled on top, and on top of this, a collection of different colored string beans, short long, wide...just, a mess...and falling off the plate, the whole thing was out of context, what a shame. My host ordered the fish (which I tasted) and we both deemed very very ordinary. Verdict...VERY VERY ordinary food at ridiculously inflated prices!!! Go there, if you must, be seen, hob nob if this is what pleases you, but eat somewhere else (Gedera for example) and get better food for a third of the price.

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Reviewed January 1, 2012

It's hardly surprising that the latest restaurant from top Israeli master chef/restaurateur Haim Cohen is his best yet - there really is no substitute for culinary excellence combined with experience, and Chef Cohen has been delivering the goods for nearly three decades, beginning with the legendary Karen restaurant, his TV programs and the city's long-standing favorite, Dixie Grill Bar.
First of all, the concept is in the name ---- the very best fresh local/seasonal produce cooked in the most honest, simply excellent way, with the emphasis on local spices and culinary influences ..... for example,my starter of ravioli, stuffed with labane (a middle-eastern cheese made from yogurt) was light as a feather, as was its fresh herbed tomato sauce; my husband's calamari was perfectly cooked on an iron skillet and served with a tehina sauce; his confit of duck was "heavenly" - rich, melt in the mouth, and included duck liver; my fillet steak, cooked in the taboon, was similarly in a class of its own, accompanied by feather-light gnocchi and marrow bone....
Chef Cohen has also managed to create a sophisticated but intimate ambiance, achieved by a giant taboon/stone oven at the entrance, a really open kitchen, and original design features such as recycled tables, classroom chairs, factory lights, wooden shutters, etc., ........ in short, a new and exciting place for
lovers of local cuisine .

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1  Thank shelleydipanzano
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

- new Restaurant by one of the best known Chefs in Israel, Haim Cohen
- Good location in Tel Aviv, easy Parking
- The Restaurant is rather big, interesting decor, clean features, open kitchen with a huge oval oven that dominates the kitchen area and creates a nice visual effect
- 2 Bar areas (one of them around the open kitchen)
- a mix of large tables and small tables for couples. The small tables are rather too small
- the chairs are OK, not the last word in comfort...
- very simple one page printed menus
- food choice / selection is rather limited, good choice of wines
- Prices are expensive (~250 to 300 NIS per person)
- very good service, kind and professional waiters, always attentive, not overly insistant
- Food quality = EXCELLENT
- Food is fresh, nicely presented, plates are hot, look is clean, not overloaded
- The focaccia was sublime
- we tried the: Fresh Squid; gnocchi with riccotta; lamb chops, rib-eye steak with mushrooms, Panna Cotta. Everything was spot-on, balanced, tasty, 9 out of 10
-The Chef, Haim Cohen, was there, in the kitchen and mingled with the customers
- I will not hesitate to recommend the Restaurant to my friends and family

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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We really enjoyed the food, for starters we had a very nice seviche salad, veal tonsils on the most creamy polenta I've had the pleasure of trying.

For the main course the kabak was nice with the cool side of challa bread to "wipe" the sauce and the lamb chops were cooked to perfection with very nice vegtables.

Desserts were nice but not great, especially liked the Sabarina

Service was very good

Bottom line, portions were small compared to the pricing but the food was excellent, so I'd reccomend taking advantage of the lunch special (first & main course + soft drink for the price of the main course)

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