Warsaw, Poland Restaurant Review: Tel-Aviv Café & Deli

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

I was really excited to try the food at Tel-Aviv after checking out their website. After I saw they had soy shwarma on the menu and that it was also gluten-free, I knew that getting there would be high on my priority list. 

Tel-Aviv

Tel-Aviv

Tel-Aviv is a small, funky restaurant that is entirely vegan. All of the mezze and main dishes and desserts are gluten free, and the accompanying bread optionally gluten free. The menu includes all-day breakfast items, including some tempeh cheeses, which intrigue me (and I wish I had tried them); meals which include a protein, salad, hummus and bread; and of course mezze.  They offer pralines and cake for dessert and have an extensive tea and coffee menu. It was dark and cosy in there, so my photos leave much to be desired.  The food, however, is great!

Menu

Menu

I started out with some Belgian hot chocolate, which was delicious. It was cold and drizzly outside, and I had walked quite a ways to get there, so needed something to warm me up.

Hot chocolate!

Hot chocolate!

And then of course, I made a beeline for the soy shwarma meal. It was amazing. The soy shwarma was seasoned with parsley, chilies and some other herbs, and was incredibly tender. I’m not quite sure how they did it, but it was oh so good.  The hummus was also really good.  The meal came with two sauces: a harissa that started out tasting like sweet red peppers and ended with a truly spicy punch that lingered well afterwards. So good! And I loved the ambo sauce, made of mango, ginger and curry. Delicious.  The only down side of the whole dish was that they served it on top of some lettuce that was definitely past its prime.  I found it a bit disappointing that a restaurant so good wouldn’t take more pride in the quality of the food they serve.

Soy Shwarma

Soy Shwarma

Before I had started my meal, the wait staff asked if I wouldn’t mind moving so they could accommodate a group of 7.  Of course, I didn’t mind. They were nice enough to give me a praline on the house. It was a delicious raw ball made of various nuts. Yummy.

Praline

Praline

And of course I had to try some of their gluten-free cake.  The waitress told me they had orange and raspberry, but that the orange was the best. Of course, I took her advice.  It was delightful – a nice deep orange flavor, topped with flakes of dried coconut. It was at once dense and light at the same time, which sounds odd, but it didn’t feel heavy at all. It actually reminded me of a raw cake, though it was most definitely baked.

Orange cake

Orange cake

I also ordered a pot of green tea with raspberries and cornflower petals. The waitress was surprised when I ordered the pot; not as surprised as I was I think when I saw just how huge it was! But the delicious tea gave me the perfect excuse to linger for a while before heading out in the cold to get back to my hotel.

Tea

Tea

Overall, I loved it! I would definitely go back. 

Location: ul. Poznańska 11, 00-680 Warszawa
Hours: 8am to the last guest, midnight, and sometimes later, daily 

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