Jaffa Port market for hungry foodies has arrived
After a long wait, the Jaffa Port market – a new mecca for hungry foodies – opens its stalls along the Mediterranean.
The Jaffa port is known in biblical lore as the site of Jonah's unfortunate swallowing by a whale, but in modern times it is better known as a hotspot of avant-garde art, cutting-edge restaurants, and now, a brand-spanking new market that aims to satisfy the hungriest of shoppers.
City Mouse, a local guide, got a sneak peek of this foodie haven, which will soon be open from Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hayarok (The Green)
Every market worth its salt has a stand of organic produce, and at Jaffa Port, Hayarok delivers the goods. From entrepreneur Ziv Green comes an all-organic concept, with grub sourced straight from villages in central Israel and delivered to Tel Aviv without expensive middlemen. That means tasty and healthy, but without inflated cost. Now there's something we can sink our teeth into!
On the shelves: Organic fruit and vegetables, olive oil and other organic goodies such as granola, dairy products, flour and more.
Save: Watermelon (NIS 3 per kilo)
Splurge: Papaya (NIS 15 per kilo)
A paradise for collectors of kitchen gadgets, this stall hawks every sort of accoutrement that a savvy chef could dream of. Across the aisle, make sure to also check out designs from Sofi, the purveyors of plastic kitchen kitsch.
On the shelves: Jars and storage containers of varying sizes, bakery products, cooking utensils, cups, kitchen scales, aprons and even window boxes with organic seeds.
Save: A set of glasses, magnets and brushes for NIS 10
Splurge: A breadbox from the Typhoon brand or a chocolate fountain for NIS 300
This chocolatier is like a real-world Willy Wonka, selling enough variations of chocolates to satisfy the very sweetest tooth. Every confection is handmade, shipped straight from the company's chocolate factory in Petah Tikva. The sugar on top? Lia employs workers with special needs, which means you're also doing something sweet for society by stocking up.
On the shelves: Chocolate, and lots of it. Lia offers spectacular pralines, chocolate liqueurs, coffee and complimentary products. Keep an eye out for the alfajores cookies and the homemade toblerone.
Save: Classic praline (NIS 4)
Splurge: The three-tiered liqueur (NIS 140)
Hummus Abu Ismail
Brothers Farid and Mohammed Barbach, from the Hummus Younis shop on Tel Aviv's Ibn Gvirol Boulevard, have taken recipes from their own kitchen and teamed up with Chef Ram Shmueli to adapt them for a market crowd.
What it serves: Jaffa-style hummus made on the spot, with all the extras – hummus with ful (fava beans), masbaha (hummus with tahini), and more. They also sell falafel, labaneh (yogurt cheese) and homemade pickled vegetables.
Save: A portion of falafel (NIS 15)
Splurge: Hummus and ground meat, served on a plate (NIS 30)
This juice stand, launched by restaurateur Ronen Arditi, squeezes out the freshest of juices to quench parched shoppers' throats.
What it serves: Freshly squeezed juices, such as orange, lemonade, grapefruit, beetroot, carrot and pomegranate. It's worth checking out the combinations, such as rimonana (pomegranate and nana mint), lemon-ginger and the like. The focus is mainly on seasonal fruits.
The price: NIS 10 for a glass of juice
At the market's heart is a sit-down chowhouse that is both market restaurant and tapas bar. Rokach Yam, from Eyal Lavi, fuses Mediterranean cuisine with Lavi's deft hand in fish and shellfish.
What it serves: The menu mainly focuses on Southern French cuisine and occasionally ventures into Spanish territory, without losing ever losing sight of its home in Jaffa. It offers cold tapas dishes, hot dishes cooked a la plancha, paella, stews, and more. For those in a hurry, takeaway is also available.
Save: A plate of hot peppers (NIS 10)
Splurge: Shellfish bouillabaisse with pastis and saffron (NIS 58)
This stall with a social conscience, offering kitchenwares from Danish brand Madame Stolz, has almost everything you could want for the eco-friendly kitchen. Goods for sale are crafted from recycled raw materials, including galvanized iron, wood and tires.
On the shelves: Gadgets for the kitchen and the home inspired by days gone by, such as iron storage cabinets, lamps, trays, iron pots, crates and "do it yourself" style plant pots where you can grow your own herbs.
Save: A fridge magnet adorned with a butterfly (NIS 15)
Splurge: A full cupboard (NIS 3,000)
The Scottish store
A wine shop with sips from both the old and the new world. Grab a chilled bottled from the refrigerator and mosey on over to Rokach Yam, where you can sip while you sample, or laze about on one of the wooden chairs along Jaffa's creaking, colorful pier.
On the shelves: White wines from France alongside wines from Portugal, Italy, the U.S. and Chile. There's also cava, sparkling wine, champagne, and liquor. There are also goodies to go with your wines, including glasses and bottle openers.
Save: Four bottles of wine on offer for NIS 100, or a French wine for NIS 35
Splurge: NIS 270 for a bottle of champagne
After cultivating a name for himself as the go-to guy for restaurants looking for fine sausages, charcutier Alan Talmor has finally hung up his own shingle.
What it serves: All of Talmor's famous sausages, made a la plancha and served in buns with pickled cabbage and mustard. And of course, this famous fast-food is available for takeout.
Save: The Brooklyn Krakauer sausage (NIS 26)
Splurge: Bratwurst sausage (NIS 29)
This tiny spice stall is packed with flavor, offering more than 200 fresh spices and flavors from Tel Aviv's Levinsky Market.
On the shelves: Gourmand goodies including Persian lemons and fennel seeds, as well as granola and sun-dried delicacies including cherry tomatoes, lychees, mango and hibiscus. There is also honey, special tea infusion from the Galilee, six types of salt and four types of the sweet sesame delight known as halva.
Save: Ground halva (NIS 4 for 100 grams)
Splurge: Local honey (NIS 68)
Zilber Deli bar
A sandwich shop using Zilber sausages, from the Zilber factory – which has been specializing in non-kosher salami since 1938.
What it serves: Sausages on whole-grain bread, brioche or even a croissant from Jaffa-based bakery Margoza. When it comes to choosing your sausage, take your pick from roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, chicken breast, prosciutto, ham, smoked salmon and bacon. Too many choices? You can also purchase sausages by weight to take home, as well as some of their homemade mayonnaise to go with.
Save: 160 grams salami (NIS 15) or a salami sandwich (NIS 30)
Splurge: Roast beef sandwich (NIS 37)
And coming soon to the market…
Knafeh at the Port: Danny Phillips and Mati Zadok will be bringing their tasty knafeh, an Arabic cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup, to the market in a variety of flavors. They will also be offering gluten-free and sugar-free knafeh. Scheduled to open in mid-August.
Margoza: The market stall of this Jaffa-based bakery will leave its famous pastries behind, but carb-lovers can still get their kicks from Neopolitan-style pizzas. Scheduled to open in mid-August.
Kmahim: Renowned pastry chef Gully Pinhasov is famous for his pastries, and his bakery in tiny Ganei Tikva is a pilgrimage spot for those with a sweet tooth. Now he's opening his first shop in the city, with sambusak (savory filled pastries) and bourekas also on offer. Scheduled to open in mid-September.