Lately many new Asian restaurants are emerging in Tel-Aviv, a fact that could be joyous yet it still didn’t reach that wanted state. I already reviewed 44 restaurant and The Bun, each has its advantages but both keeps their distance from authentic. Now, with a new wave of Asian-Vietnamese restaurants in the city we went to check the improvement. This is what we found out:
Dim Sum Station
44 yehuda halevi st. Tel Aviv
Is ultimately the best option for dim-sum selection in Tel-Aviv. See what happened when I tried another new dim-sum place: Tea-Party. Don’t forget to ask for vinegar for the dim-sum, don’t use soy sauce alone! Other options in this little place are less recommended.
15 Rothschild st. Tel-Aviv
A restaurant that considers itself to be Vietnamese but fails to execute. They did put all their energy on creating their brand, their interior design and vibe of the place. I can honestly say my favorite thing about Vong is their beautiful lamp.
18 Lilinblum st. Tel-Aviv
We thought the name “Hanoi” stands for Vietnamese food but turns out it’s Malaysian, Chinese and Vietnamese. As much as I wanted to fall in love with this cute little place, I didn’t. It has potential but there’s something off about it. The casual-market-like-cool decoration of the place, with plastic baskets as tables, art on the wall which is also storage place; paper lamp, eclectic glasses and simple atmosphere which isn’t romantic nor cozy – all screaming – street food. What’s wrong with street food? Nothing! I love street food! But it loses its magic when you get a small version of the street food as a “dish” in an actual restaurant settings. The dish that we most wanted to try, the Bahn-Mi, was out this evening, and it made me gloomy.
In conclusion, I believe the demand for quality authentic Asian food is there, but the supply is sparse and doesn’t cut it. Too much energy is put out trying to do the perfect interior design, perfect branding, decor, and the food – is in second priority. Let’s hope that the next wave of Asian kitchens, once some will fail and close, will be better. For now, we’ll have to settle with The Bun and Dim Sum Station, and wait for good news.