As a country dominated by generations of immigration, the question of identity often comes up in regards to Israel as a country and nation. In the culinary world, this issue is no less relevant.
Etai Spivak and Omer Miller, co-founders of Chadar Ochel (loosely translated to 'Dining Hall'), sought to address this burning dilemma in a unique, palette-appeasing approach.
"We wanted to combine the various ethnic culinary heritages that make up the Israeli kitchen, evolving what can be considered 'traditional cuisine' to a fine dining experience - the highest in quality without the superfluous snobbery." Located at the crux of a cultural hub in Tel Aviv, equidistance from the Opera House and the marvellous Fine Arts Museum, Chadar Ochel delivers on its concept, providing the a perfect counterpart to an attraction or, simply, as an enjoyable escape from the hectic city centre.
The bar features unique 'Israeli themed' cocktails, as well as an extensive selection of Israeli wines and boutique beers. The décor is minimalist and welcoming, intended to accentuate a menu crafted towards a 'sharing experience', known colloquially as a Chaflah - the Israeli version of a tapas-style meal.
Dishes and pricing, as well as the design of the dining hall floor accommodate this fun, informal atmosphere. Dinners and weekends are quite busy and often loud, so do try and call ahead for reservations.