Cafe De Paris Tel Aviv
Is this Paris or is it Tel Aviv?
You will be hard pressed to tell sitting at one of the round tables on the sidewalk in front of Cafe De Paris, Tel Aviv.
This is a charming European cafe, with a light dairy menu and plenty of Tel Aviv atmosphere.
The cafe is owned by experienced French restaurateur Michael and his son Yonatan. Both father and son have run restaurants in France and in the US. Nothing takes the place of experience and you will know it when you see it.
Cafe De Paris opens early with a light morning breakfast of coffee and a sandwich, coffee and a pastry or -for the health conscious,- a yogurt and granola breakfast served with fruit.
Further along the day there are a great variety of soups. salads and sandwiches as well as some very French dishes.
I never knew that there are so many types of sandwiches.
Cafe De Paris offers a simple sandwich: Tuna, Mozzarella, Brie, and omelette sandwiches. Sandwiches come in two sizes for the hungry and the hungrier. Then there are the fancy sandwiches including the Tunisian sandwich, Sabich, salmon sandwich, to name a few. Then there are the yet more special Tartine, open-faced "toastim" sandwiches, with a variety of combinations. There are vegan options in each category including the vegan "detox" salad. Fresh salads can also include salmon, warm goat cheese, Nicoise salad.
What is a French coffee shop without Quiches? And a nod to their Italian neighbors - pasta dishes. Cafe De Paris offers a vegan version of the very French Pot-au-feu. Top off your meal with a great cup of coffee
The restaurant welcomes you with specials throughout the day. Here is where you want to be for your soup and sandwich for just NIS 39 from noon to 3pm.
eLuna Visits Cafe De Paris:
We were quite charmed by the quaint Cafe De Paris. Though the interior has a good number of tables, we chose to sit on the sidewalk on the lovely winter day that we visited this restaurant. We started our meal with the soup served with a basket of crusty sliced bread. The soup hit the spot on the cold winter day.
A favorite dish at Cafe De Paris is the Cheese and Salmon Tartine. This is an open face warm "toast" sandwich where one side is grilled cheese on sweet challah and the other is warm lox on another piece of challah. This is served with a fresher than fresh salad with a lemon dressing. We balanced all of the dishes and the bread basket on a small round table, feeling very French indeed, all the while watching the foot traffic on Ben Yehuda street. This was a true Tel Aviv experience, and one that you can only enjoy on the sidewalk of a cafe in the big city.
Speaking of cafe, we topped off our meals with a delicious cup of frothy coffee. I don't remember a more delicious cup of coffee. The restaurant offers croissants and other pastries - of course this is French, which we skipped at this meal.
From the Menu: Simple sandwiches 16/25. Fancy sandwiches NIS 19/29. Tartine open-faced toast sandwiches NIS 39 - 45. Fresh Salads 35 - 45. "detox" salad NIS 35. Pot-au-feu NIS 35.
Special: From 12 noon - 3pm the restaurant offers a give-away special. For 39 shekels per person enjoy soup, salad, the sandwich of your choice (tuna, mozzarella or avocado) or the tartine of your choice (warm salmon or mozzarella) or quiche, The eLuna discount does not apply to the specials.
Parking: For those who say there is no parking in Tel Aviv. We parked in a pay lot on Ben Yehuda about two blocks north of the restaurant. 30 shekels for the first hour during the day .