Suzanna, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv2014-02-02
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Suzanna, 9 Shabazi Street, Neve Tzedek
In the historic tiny neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek sits the sizeable cafe Suzanna. This popular cafe’s open and roomy terrace offers a wonderful spot to rest as you finish exploring the peaceful atmosphere of this chic district. The soft yellow decor with rustic wood tables at Suzanna compliment the mellow surroundings, where the sunlight peaks through tall trees and birds chirp freely, their singsong voices the perfect accompaniment to a late morning coffee. Away from traffic, Suzanna in Neve Tzedek carries an eclectic menu of winter warm soups, lovely Mediterranean appetizers, stuffed and wrapped dishes, salads, meat and seafood main courses. They carry a selection of wine and cava, and sweet desserts.
Suzanna’s is a wonderful spot to meet up with a friend and escape the harried Tel Aviv scene. The café is famous for their Pumpkin kubbeh soup; a warm, flavourful dish that is almost a meal unto itself. The broth is rich with taste, and perfectly suited to warm your body on a chill Tel Aviv afternoon. The stuff phyllo liver with onions and pear sauce is a interesting combination of hearty and sweet. It was delicious but I found it to be too much liver for one to consume comfortably, unless you were competing in the Olympics where juicing up on iron would be helpful. The Shrimp in a buttery citrus and garlic sauce is a tangy and spicy seafood lovers treat. The roasted vegetables on both dishes are a beautiful addition, offering a sweet and smokey addition that tantalizes the palette. Suzanna has very delicious falafel appetizer, with breaded cauliflower and Israeli Salad that is fresh, lemony and very filling. Desserts offered seem to be standard cafe fair with tarts, ice cream and sorbet, and a couple of cakes. We were recommended the apple tart with vanilla ice cream, and while it was an okay way to end the meal, (dessert usually is a great way to end the meal) I found it to be a bit lacklustre. (See more below)
The dessert was Suzanna’s only major shortcoming being, in my opinion 1) overpriced and 2) too simple and unimaginative for a dessert item. At 36NIS (For tourists this roughly translates into an $10-11US dessert as of 2/2014) you get a small run-of-the-mill baked tart with one scoop of ice cream. The apples lacked any crispness, overboiled and baked in cinnamon. Fully expect higher prices in Neve Tzedek, given its stature and posh locale, but one should expect more from their desserts. (Even dressing the dish with a bit of fresh fruit, or chocolate shards or shavings, or toffee/butterscotch drizzle.)
Suzanna, Neve Tzedek is a great place to meet friends, or stop off midway on a walk down the boardwalk from Tel Aviv to Yafo. It can get busy during the summer tourist season, but their menu is incredibly varied you will always find something to whet your appetite. In the evenings Suzanna’s rooftop opens at 7pm until 1am and offers a peaceful place (especially in the summer) to slip away and sip away with a loved one.
Dishes at Suzanna, Tel Aviv
- Falafel appetizer 23NIS
- Cauliflower appetizer 23NIS
- Pumpking w Beetroot & Kubbe 44NIS
Puff Pastry w Liver, Onions & Pear Sauce 50NIS
- Shrimp in Olive Oil, Citrus and Garlic 80NIS
- Apple Tart & Vanilla Ice Cream 36NIS
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