Social media was abuzz this week about the new rankings and reviews that the prestigious French restaurant guide Gault & Millau gave Israel’s restaurant scene. Gault & Millau dubbed Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani a culinary trend-setter. Whether or not he really is one, Shani is certainly a doer, who just this week opened a second Paris branch of his Miznon restaurant. In addition to the three Miznon eateries in Tel Aviv, there are already branches in Vienna, as well as Melbourne and, as of last January, in New York’s Chelsea Market.
The new Paris iteration of Miznon is in the 10th arrondissement along the bohemian Canal St.-Martin at 37 Quai de Valmy. It was formally dedicated on Tuesday, complementing the Miznon in Le Marais, a historic district and heart of the city’s Jewish quarter. Both branches are located in what have become hubs of Parisian nightlife.
Shani’s everything-in-a-pita concept started in Tel Aviv in 2011. The restaurants offer gourmet pita sandwiches at not-so-cheap prices with unconventional fillings.
The New York branch features a folded cheddar hamburger in pita, while the fare at Melbourne’s Miznon includes a trout belly and avocado pita. The new Paris establishment is expected to offer its own special selection of pitas, including one filled with golden chicken chunks stir-fried on a hot steel platter with scallions and zhug, the Yemeni-Jewish hot sauce.
In addition to the three branches of Miznon in Tel Aviv, Shani’s culinary presence in Israel includes five other restaurants – HaSalon, Teder.FM, Port Sa’id, North Abraxass and Malka, which is kosher.
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