Get the 411 on Israeli Breakfast
Breakfast holds a special place in the hearts of Israelis. Fresh, (mostly) healthy, and delicious, it’s a meal to savor. Enjoying breakfast with friends on a weekend morning after a memorable night out is a Tel Avivian rite of passage. During your stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, Dizengoff or along the shore of the crystal blue sea there will be no shortage of intriguing breakfast scents. Every man, woman, child and dog is out enjoying the famous Israeli spread of breakfast goodies. But where should you begin?
If you’ve never been exposed to the traditional Israeli breakfast, let’s personally introduce your taste buds. A good way to start is to opt for the classic breakfast selection, which often comes as a “couples” sharing dish. “Sharing is caring”, after all, and that’s never truer than at breakfast in Israel: why try one dish when you can have them all?
The typical spread will include fresh breads and pastries, eggs (most often boiled, sunny-side up, scrambled or in an omelet), salads, cheeses, yogurt, honey and jam, tuna and cured fish, and the nectar of life: tahini. Israeli breakfast, although sizable, is a lighter affair that leaves you feeling fresh and ready to enjoy the rest of the day.
Interestingly, meat is almost entirely absent from Israeli breakfasts. In fact, the very idea of eating meat in the morning is met with shock and/or disbelief by most Israelis.
Another desirable dish, and arguably what first springs to mind when you hear the words “breakfast” and “Israeli” in the same sentence, is Shakshuka. It is a North African dish that has been adopted and adapted to become the cornerstone of Israel’s morning menus.
Shakshuka, in its most simple form, is a one-pan dish of spiced tomato sauce combined with poached eggs (described by some as “floating”). The beauty of this dish is its versatility - often peppers and onions are cooked into the sauce, but you can add any vegetable, as well as chili and spices like cumin, paprika and even cinnamon.
Other popular additions include: a leafy green like spinach, cheese and of course some fresh herbs (coriander and parsley, we’re looking at you). Don’t forget the scrumptious bread which is hot, soft and fresh. Challah or a loaf? An age old debate.
At the Mendeli Street Hotel’s Mashya Restaurant, we serve Israeli classics with a fresh modern twist. Our white shakshuka uses a béchamel base with truffle oil and mushrooms, which make it a unique variation of the traditional shakshuka. The morning menu wouldn’t be complete without eggs benedict, but at Mashya that means a perfectly crafted egg on toast with spinach, salmon pesto and walnuts.
Breakfast at the Mendeli Street Hotel is a wonderful way to sit back and enjoy the flavors of Israel with friends and family. Don’t forget to grab a few cocktails: The Breakfast Collins is always a great way to start the day. If you’re not hungry yet you certainly will be in the morning.
Join us for breakfast at Mashya in the Mendeli Street Hotel - as one diner said, it’s “not to be missed”!