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“Average food, poor hygiene”
Review of Puaa

Puaa
Ranked #1 of 98 Restaurants in Jaffa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Israeli
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Average food, poor hygiene”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

We went on a Sunday for lunch and the place was packed which made us optimistic about it. They sat us at the bar, which we didn't mind. Were we in for unpleasant surprises... Sitting near food prepping stations makes you notice things a restaurant would probably like to keep behind closed doors.

First, our bartender/waiter was very sick, constantly coughing and blowing his nose. Only once did he stop to rinse (not even close to a wash) his hands in the bar sink. He was handling money, wiping down silverware with a rag which I doubt was clean, cutting bread, preparing deserts and drinks with his bare hands, etc.

Second, one of our forks had food leftovers but we chose not to have it changed after we saw how they were handling the "clean ones". We ended up sharing a fork.

Third, we thought the food was not worthy of the high reviews the restaurant had on Trip Advisor. We ordered the leek soup with bread (hand sliced by our famous bartender) and the Chicken Slices as a main course. We shared both items.

  • Visited March 2014
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Upper Galilee, Israel
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“An oasis of tranquility in the chaos of the Tel-Aviv Jaffa marketplace”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great food, good atmosphere, wonderful service and a little bit of peace and quiet in a very hectic area. HIghly recommend the food. Have been there several times and each time the quality of the food and service was wonderful. The "mejadara rice" with yogurt is a great dish even if you are not vegetarian. For those looking for a dish with nostalgia--chopped liver with challah bread is a must.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Meira S
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Jaffa
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“always pleasant”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

This charming place is always welcoming- from the very helpful and attentive service to the colorful atmosphere created by a decor made up of items all for sale! The menu is somewhat limited, but what I've tasted is always savory and well prepared. It's located in the heart of the Flea Market, a fun place to explore both before and after dinner. The prices are reasonable, BTW- another inducement for return visits!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Sharonlee18
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Watford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“kooky restaurant”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

Went here when the place we had wanted to go was closed and were not disappointed. In amidst all the decoration and all the kitsch was a very nice meeting place/restaurant. Service was not pushy and the staff helped us choose what we wanted for the meal. When we didn't order a drink, water miraculously appeared by the jug. Food was very flavoursome and we shared labane cheese and deep fried cauliflower and for mains had the fish of the day (eye balls and all) and schnitzel. Desserts didn't particularly appeal which wasn't a bad thing as we were both fairly full.

Not quite sure what all the comments about the toilets are, seemed pretty standard.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Mark11111112123
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nyc
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Great Cafe in an INTERESTING Setting!”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

Good food, decent wait staff but lovely environs. Lots of eating options in Jaffa, this is a very cute and fun one to go to!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank pji
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