Challah-lulia, Yariv Berreby is getting his hands into the (dough) mix with this new Levantine café! After returning to the Sentier neighborhood with some stunning schnitzels at his restaurant Salatim, the Israeli chef has opened up Maafim (spotted tiling, light wooden tables, pastel pink and blue-grey chairs), where traditional Jewish challah bread gets paired with Tel Aviv’s best-selling dishes. Served à la carte the day we went for lunch: cute beetroot and potato croquettes over a watercress cream; a classic cast-iron pot of shakshuka – made to be sponged up with freshly baked challah; before an indecently good French-toast-style babka, paired with chocolate mousse and toasted hazelnuts. It’s also worth noting that there’s a tantalizing prix-fixe lunch menu, featuring things like celeriac velouté, sea bream and roasted vegetables, plus a chocolate-tahini brownie for dessert. // L.P.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s mint tea (€2.50), Goldstar lager (€4.50 for 330 ml) and a few wines from Galilee: Cabernet Sauvignon from Oden Mountain (€6 a glass) or a white blend from Jacques Capsouto (€35 a bottle).
PRICE: Prix-fixe menu €16-21, à la carte €23-27.