Cerveceria Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv is wildly packed with restaurants and bars. It’s something that took me by surprised when I landed in the city.
When I arrived in Israel, I had preconceived notions that the city was going to be a bit of a bore. However, as I quickly learned, preconceived notions are always wrong. The city is a hub for dining and night life; every corner restaurant and bar was filled with patrons living it up. Cerveceria Tel Aviv is among the abundant restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Cerveceria Tel Aviv was one of the restaurants on my Tel Aviv to-eat list. It happened to be a block away from my hotel and the US Embassy. I arrived on a Sunday night after a long day trip to Petra; it was 11 PM and the restaurant was still crowded. I decided to sit by the window to enjoy the cool breeze since Cerveceria Tel Aviv is two blocks from the beach.
Cerveceria Tel Aviv was a lively little Spanish restaurant on Ben Yehuda. It had a covered patio area filled with patrons enjoying the night; Cerveceria’s interior was a bit cramp with its bar and booth seats. The wood crates hanging from the ceiling along lamps draped at the bar. The bar was filled with an assortment of liquors and patrons eager to try everything on the wall.
I looked through Cerveceria Tel Aviv specials and full menu. Cerveceria Tel Aviv had a few dishes typical of a tapas restaurant – jamon serrano and croquettes. The host approached me and gave me a run down of the menu. The restaurant was still serving food as other patrons ordered beers and cocktails. I was starving since I only had lunch that day. My first inclinations were to order everything on the menu and devour it all in one sitting. However, in reality, I knew I would not be able to finish everything I would’ve ordered.
After a few minutes and half a beer, I finally decided on what I wanted to order. My palate was yearning for sodium rich and savory flavors to balance out the beer.
- Hanger Steak Rosti – The hanger steak topped with a poached egg and cooked in beef stock. The tender beef lightly seasoned with salt and pepper tasted like coffee. The rich coffee flavors meshed well with the beef, but it was a new flavor to my palate as I usually enjoy my beef without marination.
- Soft Shell Crab – Cerveceria labeled the tapa “fire in a bun”. The Soft Shell Crab was a slider stuff with lettuce; it had a mayonnaise spread strategically place at the bottom bun. The crispy crab had a nice texture and it wasn’t overly salty. The bun’s filling provided a crunch when I bite into it.
- Fried Calamari – The fried calamari came out piping hot. It was gluten-free and accompanied with tartar sauce. The salty and crispy calamari was balance well with the tangy tartar sauce. It was definitely want I needed at the moment.
- Hamburguesa – The slider filled with a tomato and lettuce on a seared bun. The salsa bravo spread on the patty. It was a nice succulent piece of slider; it was definitely tender and moist. It was a solid hamburguesa.
I drank my last drop of beer then paid the bill. I left the restaurant heading towards the Imperial Craft Cocktail bar; it was two blocks from Cerveceria Tel Aviv and I was able to walk off some calories. Cerveceria Tel Aviv left me satisfied with its savory and salty dishes. It was one of the better meals I had in Israel. I would definitely recommend checking them out if you’re ever in Tel Aviv.
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Cerveceria is a lively little Spanish restaurant on Ben Yehuda. Cerveceria had a few dishes typical of a tapas restaurant – jamon serrano and croquettes. I would recommend the Soft Shell Crab, Hanger Steak, Hamburguesa, and Calamari. Cerveceria left me satisfied with its savory and salty dishes.