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“a newyork style restaurant in telaviv”
Review of Pastel

Pastel
Ranked #38 of 1,652 Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Pastel – a modern, stylish Israeli brasserie led by owner Itzik Hengal and Chef Tavakuli. Pastel restaurant resides in a lively area that houses the city’s premier cultural institutions. The restaurant attracts visitors from the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, the Cameri Theatre, and the Israeli Opera, as well as guests out on the town, enjoying its unique location. In charge of the restaurant’s design, which has earned the title of “Best Designed Restaurant” in the worldwide competition Space Design Award – Idea Tops of 2014, are architects Alon Baranowitz and Irina Kronenberg. The restaurant has been designed as an integral part of the new wing of the museum, which was designed by American architect Preston Scott Cohen. The building’s exterior layer is sucked in sculpturally to create the seating and bar area. The restaurant comprises of three separate seating areas, each offering a different dining experience: the central space; the spacious terrace overlooking the sculpture garden; and the “cocoon” – a tucked-away, hidden bar that is a world of its own. Each space offers a variety of seating areas and a wide range of styles and ambiences for wining and dining. The restaurant dedicates a great deal of emphasis to the small details, in the quality of service as well as that of the food. Chef Hilel Tavakuli creates Mediterranean dishes with a modern interpretation, dishes that complete the cultural experience of the location and are often described as works of art in their own right. The menu is precise, leading guests on a one of kind culinary journey.
Reviewed September 6, 2013

a new restaurant in the museum of modren art in telaviv.well designed a very nice atmosphere with inside and out side seating.over looking the sculpture garden of the museum. they also have a private bar where smoking is allowed. the food is a brassery type kitchem but will nicely served and taste very good. the chef is french and lets hope he can maintain the high level they have started. worth wile to vist

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

After spending a Saturday morning in the Tel Aviv Museum, we wandered into Pastel (also near the Opera Center). Most of the tables were already reserved and the hostess kindly asked to seat the two of us at the bar. Our bartender/server/new best friend, Ariel, was fantastic. We told him what we were in the mood for, and he offered us suggestions that were all spot on. We had the red Sangria, shared the gazpacho (more like fought over it), and both of us eyed the salmon. Everything was served quickly and tasted delicious. Ariel was attentive and we didn't want for anything. While waiting for our dessert, we saw him preparing a fun "shot" that had espresso, liqueur, and frothy, foamy milk on top. Very impressive. Most impressive was that it was a surprise for us! (I do like the fun drinks...) It was delicious and I am ashamed to admit that I walked out of there without the recipe.
Overall, it was superb on all counts and one of my top ten eats in Tel Aviv. We left about an hour and a half later, and the place was entirely full, including the outside seating. Highly recommend reservations. All of the staff members we talked to spoke English (my Hebrew is pitiful). They are open Sunday-Saturday 12pm until the last person leaves. Totally worth it...

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Thank Melissa S
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I entered to this beautiful restaurant in the new wing of Tel Aviv Museum. I was really impressed.

The service was good, but not flawless. For example, I sat on the bar. A waitress brought my food and waited for 4 minutes to the barmen to take the dish and to serve it to me. Since they should't talk, she had to wait all this time until he saw her.

The highlight of the lunch was the green salad which accompanied the ox-tail pastels. The souce with the caramelized lemon zest was really tasty. The pastels were oily. It reminded me the 80's.
The chicken breast with mustard seeds was really tasteless on... oily. There was no single seed. There was no any hint of mustard. I was told that the oil has a hint of mustard...
The staff was kind enough to replace the dish to calamari with grilled vegetables.
The calamari were really chewy and the vegetable were... oily.
The coffee was good.

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1  Thank Gidi W
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

A real must been restaurant in tel aviv. Recommended make reservations a head.great chef arrived from France cooked at the elize palace, beautiful design and food you'll talk about weeks after

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1  Thank Brickur
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

It was a real surprise new Resturant in tel aviv very good the service and food was excellent try the entrecôte on the bone or duck even the calamari was good vine for a reasonable price as well the food the Resturant is located at the tel aviv museum very nice decorated and again the service is very good reasonable price compare to service and food
Make reservation in advance
You will enjoy it for sure

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Thank Jan L
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