French cuisine is considered one of the world's most refined and elegant styles of cooking, and is renowned for both its classical ("haute cuisine") and provincial styles. It is also characterized by meals which are prepared lovingly and consumed leisurely from appetizers to main courses. Each course is accompanied by a number of wines. Many of the world's greatest chefs are masters of French cuisine. French cooking techniques have been a major influence on virtually all Western cuisines.
Some of the French Olim managed restaurants in France. They have brought their expertise to Israel and have opened excellent French restaurants.
Gabriel - 7 Shimon Ben Shetach, Jerusalem 02-6246444
Gabriel Restaurant on Shimon Ben Shetach Street is located in a beautifully renovated old Jerusalem building. There are two floors; the upper is a cozy bar area, also used for private parties.
The food at Gabriel is outstanding both in taste and presentation. There is an artist in the kitchen with a good eye for shape, color and design. The kitchen is classic French fusion: French sauces and a healthy dose of Eretz Yisrael.
Get set for magnificently prepared dishes such as Veal Carpacchio, goose liver in a date sauce with raisins and pistachio nuts, Tornado Rossini, Beef Wellington, Chateaubriand and Chicken Cordon Bleu. These outstanding dishes do not come cheap but dining at Gabriel is worth every shekel.
Gourmandises - 10 Yoel Moshe Solomon, Jerusalem 02-5667222
At Gourmandises you will enjoy the best of the French culinary tradition. The French proprietors and chefs have done a great job designing the restaurant itself, the menu and the tip-top execution of its dishes. The nicely balanced and thoughtfully designed menu reflects the musical theme of the restaurantís location.
Gourmandises offers the very best of French food prepared with precision and love, served by well trained and friendly staff in an absolutely charming environment. The calling card of this restaurant is their amazing cakes and desserts. Step in for coffee and cake, or enjoy a full meal.
Kinor Bakikar - Music Center, Jerusalem 02-9944902
Elite meat restaurant in the Jerusalem Music Center specializing in fusion meat dishes and Mediterranean cuisine. The menu includes high end meats, fish, vegetarian dishes and specialty breads. The restaurant excels in its specialty entrees and unique skewer dishes. There are also burgers and a childrens menu. This is a high-end dress-for-it dining experience. Combine it with a musical performance in the Music Center and have a great evening.
Carrousel - 3 Zarchin St, Ra'anana 09-7460586
Don't let the size of this restaurant fool you. Carrousel is a 5-table restaurant in a small store-front on Rambam Street, just off Ahuza.
Owner, manager, & Parisian chef Stephan has managed to turn the small size of this restaurant into an advantage. The restaurant is quaint and personal and you might even say charming.
Not just your basic dairy restaurant, Carrousel specializes in French gourmet dishes. The menu is still in flux, with new dishes being added all the time.
The blackboard lists Stephan's standard exotic dishes like quiches and lasagna. Stephan is still experimenting with the menu, adding new items to the blackboard all the time.
Be sure to try Stephan's luscious home-made rolls. Brown and crusty on the outside and soft in the inside, these cup cake shaped rolls are so good they are a dish on to themselves.
Bakers - 3 Nafcha St, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa 03-6771770
Bakerís is a French patisserie in the heart of Tel Aviv, specializing in yummy breads, baguettes, pastries and croissants. These beautiful delectables are handmade, in house, under the baton of pastry chef and restaurant partner Alex.
French folks from far and wide flock to Bakerís Patisserie for the real thing. Time Out Tel Aviv magazine numbers Bakerís among the 10 best patisseries in Tel Aviv, kosher and non-kosher. Achbar Hair called Bakerís the best croissants in Tel Aviv. Click here for more info.
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