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“Absolute best of the best in Israel / Middle East”
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Catit
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Catit is known as one of, if not the, best restaurant in Israel. We were keen to try it out to see how it compared to 1, 2 and 3 star Michelin experiences we've had elsewhere.

Catit doesn't hold any Michelin stars, because Michelin doesn't cover the Middle East. However, the head chef, Meir Adon, trained at world renowned restaurants such as Le Cordon Blue in Australia, Alinea in Chicago and Arzak in San Sebastian Spain.

The cooking at Catit is difficult to pin down. It's a mixture of Pan European, Far Eastern and Middle Eastern. The chef is not afraid to use bold flavours and does so competently and with great success. The cooking techniques used are at the forefront of advanced gastronomy and the service is exemplary (much less formal than you'll find in many Michelin star restaurants).

Catit has been around for about 10 years and used to be located outside of Tel Aviv. However, about 5 years ago the restaurant moved and is now located in Tel Aviv in an unassuming location. However, don't let the location throw you off. Catit is a first rate dining experience.

When we visited Catit we tried the dinner tasting menu, which consisted of:
-Appetizer (9/10)
-Raghu eggshell filled with roots (9/10)
-Sea fish sashimi (9/10) or "Indian Summer" (9/10)
-Scallops Risotto (9.5/10)
-Bar shell shitake consommé jelly (9.5/10) or Barbecue smoked Young Lamb (9/10)
-Lavender panna cotta (9/10)
-"Land" dessert (9/10)

In total the bill at Catit came to about 1,100 Shekels (including service charges, bottle of water, half bottle of wine, a glass of wine and a glass of mocktail). Given the quality of ingredients, level of cooking and the service, the hefty price is justified.

Compared to other Michelin dining experiences I would place our experience at Catit to be easily comparable to 1 or 2 star Michelin dining experience. In fact, our dinner at Catit ranks as one of the dining highlights of 2012 and given the range of restaurants we've visited, that is saying something!

I'm dying to give Catit another try to see what more is on offer...in short, Catit is a 'must-go' destination for any foodie on Israel.

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We had a large group for a business dinner. Fantastic food experience combined with beautiful, upscale atmosphere and attentive, knowledgeable service. Presentation of the dishes was artful. Tastes were complex and delicious. Server enthusiastically explained everything we were eating. A special gem in Tel Aviv!

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you are a really sophisticated diner, this high-end restaurant is for you. The dishes are made with such meticulous care and over-the-top creativity that it is truly a bacchanal feast. However, it's very pricey. great for special occasions. Truly one of Israel's top-notch places.

1  Thank Mcmlix1959
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This restaurant is definitely one of the best restaurants in Israel, if not the best! The food, atmosphere and service are excellent.

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Thank German K
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I visited Catit this week for the 3rd time. This Restauran always makes me think 'wow.' If the Michelin inspectors decide to come to israel this place should be the first to get a star.

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