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Eat, Drink + Think

Tel Aviv’s Best Spicy Dishes

Believe it or not, there isn’t that much spicy food in Israel. Locals love the odd bit of spice here and there, but piquant — rather than full-blown-spicy — dishes predominate. Perhaps Israel is often mistaken for a spicy-food-loving country, because it’s hot and spice makes you sweat – cooling you off.

Conveniently, then, hot peppers tend to be spicier in the summer; and this year’s hot season has resulted in some particularly potent peppers. We set out on a mission to find dishes that balance spiciness with other flavors. The results aren’t unbearable, just unbeatable.

Moroccan Medley: Marrakech Eggplant at Jamilla

Yoel Weik and Abdu Al’arj met in the kitchen of the late, much-missed Fabian Restaurant. Al’arj, who came from Morocco in pursuit of a great love, cooked authentic Moroccan food for the restaurant’s workers, impressing Weik. Together they decided to open Jamilla, which specializes in fresh, authentic and affordable Moroccan food made without soup powder and with very little oil.

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