Tel Aviv, Israel
Behind an unassuming storefront in Tel Aviv’s Levinsky spice market is one of Israel’s most exciting dining destinations. Opened in 2018 by twin sisters Shirel and Sharona Berger, this restaurant has been on a meteoric rise to stardom, capturing the hearts of locals and travellers alike for its progressive outlook on modern Israeli gastronomy. Here, a plant-focused philosophy is the thread that ties together each stage of its inventive ten-course tasting menu. Courses such as a double-bill of potato dishes embody the Berger’s sustainable dogma, utilising every aspect of the humble tuber, transforming its flesh into a sourdough loaf and its peel into ice cream and accompanying compote. Surplus ingredients, almost all of which are exclusively harvested by local producers or by the restaurant’s team from its roof garden, are pickled, preserved and placed into the restaurant’s pantry for later use. Every dish that leaves Opa’s pass is a masterclass in maximising a restaurant’s terroir to craft a unique gastronomic offering.
Ha-Khalutzim St 8, Tel Aviv, 6652308