Yum Cha, 65 Yigal Alon Street, Tel Aviv

by Sarit Goffen | 05.09.13

One cannot write a culinary column in Israel, especially one that is centered on Tel Aviv, without writing about Yankale Shein – one of the busiest and most sought-after culinary consultants in Israel.

Yankale is one of the founders of the Hamburger chain Agadir, the legendary Meat bar, Café’ noir and Wine-bread, as well as the owner of the restaurant Shine and Sharp. In the past 15 years, he has mainly been working abroad, where he opened 54 restaurants; the best known is the international steak-house chain Goodman with branches in Moscow, London and Zurich. The chain was recently listed as one of the “100 best restaurants in London” and the British Time Out dubbed it ‘”the best steak-house in the city”.

Despite the close kinship Yankale Shein has to meat and its products, he became curious with Asian food. Talking to Shein he said that “the Asian flavors are entering the Western food culture” and “The future is in the combination of tastes from around the globe. The global village is now entering the culinary scene.”

This idea is implemented in his Asian food bar Yum Cha: “The idea was to blend together several tastes not as “fusion” but as a healthy, filling and interesting meals – full of flavors – which leave the diner energetic through the whole day, while being affordable”.

The Yum Cha menu has a whole section of delicious and colorful dim-sum and includes special dishes such as crystal dim-sum, Bao buns from steamed yeast dough (developed for 2 years in the Shein kitchen) and served as an entree.

The dim-sum includes shrimp and water chestnut dim sum in oyster sauce, beef and truffle dim-sum, organic bass with asparagus and many others.

The menu also features other dishes such as Thai green curry and a tom-yum shrimp dish that is just impossible to stop eating. You can wash it all down with freshly squeezed carrot juice with ginger and cold jasmine tea (a beverage I tried to copy at home).

The atmosphere is pleasant, the diners are sited mainly around a central bar area, the service is courteous and Yankale is always there to help diners choose the dishes and explain how they are made.

65 Yigal Alon Street, Tel Aviv, 03-5364762, Sun-Sat 12:30-23:30, Facebook.

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