For decades, India represented an exotic escape for Israeli's to travel. It was the ideal place to bum around for several months; to 'clean the mind' from the gruelling experience of military service, never-ending university studies and any number of other excuses used to justify putting life on hold for the long trek.
A range of authentic Indian restaurants, hostels, and shops - along with a long-standing tradition of riotous nature-based nights - have thus emerged to cater for those post-party blues.
Chandra, which translates from Hindi to 'Moon', offers the cure for culinary melancholia. Located in the unfortunate vicinity of faceless office buildings and garages in East Tel Aviv, the restaurant - even in the in the midst of all the steel and glass - presents an island of tranquility. There's even wafts from the eucalyptus trees to greet you on arrival.
Simplistic and clean in designs present a unique upgrade from overwhelming Indian authenticity. Thali menus - an Eastern variation on the set lunch concept - are their speciality, featuring a healthy selection of Indian dishes, drawn mainly from the Southern region.
The crowd seems to consist of a blended clash, with employees of the local offices on their lunch break accompanied by long-haired, unshaven ex-backpackers still recovering from their return to reality.