Best Brunches in Tel Aviv, part I: Manta Ray
While browsing through the zillion photos I snapped during the #VibeComida trip in Israel early this year, I bumped into those of our last day in Tel Aviv. We had a wonderful light brunch at Manta Ray, an iconic restaurant founded by Avi and Ofra Ganor, the food power couple that are an institution in TLV’s gourmet scene. After spending seven days experiencing (aka mostly eating our way through) Israel’s classic street dishes and modern upscale creations, that last day my taste buds and belly were overstimulated and just plain tired.
Manta Ray experience was absolutely fantastic. The restaurant’s clean design + the stunning front view of Alma beach easily puts you on good mood, something that is completed by the professional and efficient service, and the straight-to-the-point unfussy food, my kind of eatery ;). Fellow VibeComida bloggers Txaber, Bren, Clara, Laylita and I, we ordered probably every single item on the Brunch and Breaky Menu and we weren’t disappointed. I devoured an absolutely divine shakshuka that brought me back to life (click here to get their recipe, or click here to get Clara’s interpretation), we sampled some morning appetizers (mezze) dishes like labneh, salads, veggie dips, and ceviches (we discovered ceviches are overly popular in Israel), plus the most decadent bread basket (we all got into a fight for that last sweet muffin, but thanks to the nice staff we had a constant bread basket refill after our battle). Everything washed down with fresh OJ, Champagne flutes and excellent coffee (Israel’s coffee scene is a thing).
Our Brunch was upgraded by the company of another of Israel’s food celebrities, Chef (and dj!) Israel Aharoni which discussed with us about the current scene of his country, the diversity and complexity of Israeli cuisine, and his personal take on what Middle Eastern cuisine is, something that has been deeply enriched by his constant food travels which are widely broadcasted on Israeli tv.
Manta Ray, a brunch I deeply, truly, madly enjoyed.
Dress code: casual
Concept: creative Middle Eastern cuisine by Chef Ronen Skinezis
Open: daily, 09:00 am to midnight
Brunch and Breakfast 09:00 to 12:00
Best for: breaky, brunch, seafood and fish meals
Reservations: highly recommended
703 Yehezkel Kaufman street
Beit Ha etzel oarking lot
2 nahum Goldman
Tel Aviv, Israel
+972 (0)3 5174773
Read about my visit to Levinsky Market here.
Heidi Leon Monges portraits by Haim Yosef for VibeIsrael. All rights reserved.
Disclosure: I attended VibeComida food tour thanks to the kind invitation of VibeIsrael, a non-profit that organized this event to let a selected group of food bloggers discover the culinary scene of that nation. Although all the expenses of the trip were covered by VibeIsrael I was not asked to write or say anything in particular, therefore, the opinions expressed on this trip are mine. :)