Plant-based cuisine is booming in Tel Aviv. With the opening of Bana in 2017,  chefs Dan Arvatz and Hanoch Schechter changed the local perception of vegan cuisine with their uber cool restaurant. It’s quirkily decorated- bananas hang from the ceiling and pumpkins line the walls.

The menu delivers imaginative flavour combinations, incredibly satisfying dishes and a cool and relaxed vibe.

The setting

It’s based in the heart of Tel Aviv’s White City and a stone’s throw away from the iconic tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard. It has a wide-range of international customers with vegans and non-vegans alike – you’re bound to overhear Brits, Americans and Europeans.

I suggest grabbing a table outside in the leafy garden to absorb the buzzing surrounding scene – and making the most of Israel’s sunshine.

Don’t worry – there are tables in the shade too! The baby pink windowpanes match the pink shelves inside stylishly displaying brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, from persimmons to avocados.

The staff were friendly, and whilst they do take walk-ins, I recommend making a reservation as this place is extremely popular. Alternatively they offer take-away too.

The little things

The free WiFi was a welcome for me – a tourist keeping my eye on my phone bill! I love the fact that everything is made in-house from only the most fresh and seasonal ingredients.

And there is an ever-changing menu with exciting new additions popping up constantly.

The fresh juice test

The green juice was a fruit combination of pear, apple, kiwi and fresh mint leaves. It was sweet, tangy and refreshing on a hot spring day. They also have a citrus juice, smoothies and kombucha.

What we ate

I took my father and between us we ordered 3 large mains, a smoothie bowl, juice and dessert!

We demolished it all but admittedly over-ordered, as there were so many delicious-sounding dishes on the menu that we struggled to decide!

The roasted aubergine in yellow-pea stew was divine and came with raw tahini and toasted pine nuts. The whole roasted artichoke was served with three delicious homemade sauces, adding so much flavour and colour to the plate.

If you think cauliflower is boring then try the cauliflower and broccoli flowers with black garlic and cashew cream. The presentation of the layered superfood smoothie bowl was absolutely exquisite. It was an eye-catching variety of vibrant thick smoothies and chia pudding, topped with cacao nibs, chopped hazelnuts, star-fruit and berries.

But my favourite dish of all was dessert – the peanut butter cookie with banana-coconut nice-cream and pecans!

What else?

My dad is a self-proclaimed carnivore and both of us enjoyed every minute of it. Our experience proved the endless variety of plant-based eating, and he was surprised to discover how flavourful and filling it can be!

And although it is quite expensive, I found the pricing reasonable compared to high-end vegan restaurants in other major cities, be it London, New York or Paris.

The bill 

Roasted Aubergine  48 NIS
Artichoke with 3 homemade sauces 36 NIS
Cauliflower and broccoli flowers  49 NIS
Superfood smoothie bowl & chia pudding 29 NIS
Green juice 18 NIS
Peanut butter cookie with banana-coconut nice-cream & pecans 39 NIS


Photograph by Amot Geron

What made us glow

The creative menu inspired us!

So I’m desperate to go back and try the broiled sweet potato filled with black lentils and pistachio pesto, the acorn squash with coconut cream and cauliflower tabbouleh, as well as the other desserts such as cacao bubka and cashew vanilla popsicles.

Bana

Nahmani St 36,
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

+972 3-699-1566
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