One of the places I’ve been meaning to try out for a looong time is Manta Ray, on the promenade between Yafo and Tel Aviv, right on Alma Beach. Probably one of Tel Aviv’s top 10 restaurants and perhaps boasting the killer location that knocks the stuffing out of the competition…
I was there with the wife last Friday morning, just before 9:00 and opening time. The queue was already forming and, as we got inside, we were told that as we hadn’t made a reservation we could sit out on the balcony, but only until 10:00. Fortunately we didn’t plan on spending too long at Manta Ray anyway, so it wasn’t a problem. Just be aware that at the weekend it’s highly recommended to book in advance.
What more can I say about the location, except stunning. Early Friday morning is always nice, especially before the morning rush kicks in for the pre-Shabbat shopping-fest, but here you are, just metres away from the Mediterranean, Yafo in the distance, a gentle sea breeze keeping things pleasant, even in the peak summer months…and with some mighty fine food on the plate in front of you.
Shakshuka was the breakfast option for us, and it went down nicely, accompanied by some great breads and dips. Manta Ray also has some tasty looking options in bacon and eggs and french toast, so you’re sure to find something to settle that rumbling ogre in your belly. Our bill came to 68 shekels, including drinks, and we were both fairly stuffed. Service was also good; as soon as we had sat down a waiter had already parked himself beside our table.
Next time we come (and I’m sure there’s going to be a next time!), we’ll be sure to try some of the renowned Manta Ray mezze (appetizers), some of which you can see in the picture at the top of the page. And if you’re looking for a romantic spot, where you can catch a sunset, sip some wine, beer or ouzo and nosh on some nibbles, this is your place.
They also have a nice website, but only in Hebrew I’m afraid. Guys, this is your only flaw…