A longstanding Jaffa establishment borrowing inspiration from Hemingway’s 1952 novel, the Old Man and The Sea has become more than a meal since branching out to the Jaffa Port, it is a complete theatrical scene.
As soon as you sit down they bring you different kinds of small plates called meze, warm pitas bigger than your head and a giant pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade. From waiters running around like whirling dervishes and so many vibrant salads you won’t even need a main course.
But you must order at least one main to enjoy the meze, though you must try the grilled chicken, fish and kebabs. A weekend brunch at the port is worth braving the long line. Don’t fret, it moves fast, and the fare is worth it.
Throw in warm oven baked pita bread, and complimentary coffee/tea and tiny balls of honey-glazed goodness for dessert, and you’ll never want to leave
While the inside is cool on a hot day, we suggest braving the heat and eating port-side for the full experience. The appetizer spread is amazing, as is the view of the port if you can sit outside.
I recommend going there just for the salads you get when you sit down. You get really stuffed just by eating that. They will try to get you to order something from the menu but it’s not worth it
הזקן והים The Old Man and the Sea
Hanger 1, Jaffa port, Tel Aviv.
Tel : 053-809434
Date Visited : May 2014