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The Old Man And the Sea: An Arabic Feast in Tel Aviv

The Old Man And the Sea Restaurant Review is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.


In Dizengoff Street, I had met some expats who said that I must go to Old Man & The Sea for Arabic food while I was in Tel Aviv. I’ll plead stupidity when I admit that I didn’t think there were much Arabic people in Tel Aviv let alone Arabic restaurants. I’m glad I was wrong because apart from pho, Arabic food is the best food in the world. And, according to the picture below, I’m not the only one who thinks so.

a group of people sitting at tables outside a buildingDespite the huge seating area, both inside and out, the line to get into the restaurant was massive. It’s also torture. As I waited, I had to stand over tables that were feasting on kebab, fish, and meze. I was tempted to pull a Seinfeld Chinese Restaurant and offer to lift a falafel from a stranger’s plate. a table full of food

a group of people eating at a table

Instead, I behaved myself and waited my turn in line. When I sat down, I ordered a bottle of local wine.

a glass of wine next to a bottle
Mount Hermon’s finest was not great.

When the menu came, I was shocked by the low sticker price.

a menu with numbers and prices

I ordered the kebab and within seconds the meze was served. It was like the Billboard Chart of every delectable Arabic appetizer.  a table with food on it

It was also an obscene amount of food for one person. I felt self-conscious for a moment until I looked over at the couple sitting next to me who had double what I had. #dontjudgea table with plates of food and a drink

a bowl of food
The standard tabule
a plate of hummus with spices on it
The classic hummus
a plate of food with a ball of food on it
The bold dip of falafel into the hummus. No worries – my mom was not there to scold me.
a couple bowls of food
Other salads that were too good to resist pre-photo.

Right when I thought I could not have another bite, the waiter came with the kebab. As I have written, Arabs Fight Over Who Makes the Best Kebab, so despite being full, I was eager to taste this kebab.

a plate of food with a few plates of food

a plate of food with a leafy garnish

While the pictures do not do it justice, I still have to give the award for best kebab to the Persians who add a little something extra to make their kebab more delicious.

a plate of food on a table
Even though it’s not Persian quality and even though I was beyond full, I refused to leave any kebab behind.

Finally, there was traditional Arabic dessert.

a bowl of food on a table
Each of these is probably 1000 calories which is why it is crazy that they offer a whole bowl of them.

The damage for all this (besides to my arteries) was $43 of which $16 was for the bad wine.

a receipt with black text and numbers

Overall 

You must visit Jaffa, and you must eat at The Old Man & The Sea.

a napkin with writing on it

TPOL’s Tips: 

  • Address: Retzif HaAliya HaShniya St 101, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Reservations are apparently allowed: 2eat.co.il

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t tease me…have had several meals there and similar places in Jaffa … when eating with group of 4 it’s ridiculous the amount of food on the table!

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