Looking for authentic Vietnamese food that also happens to be kosher? Ca Phe Hanoi offers the traditional flavors of Vietnam, infused with the vibrancy of Tel Aviv. The brainchild of restauranteurs Emmanuel Dayan and Claude Louzon, Ca Phe Hanoi is one of the newest restaurants among many other internationally recognized establishments from the duo. Ca Phe Hanoi’s menu created by Chef Nofar Zohar provides diners with a culinary journey, bringing Vietnamese ingredients and recipes to life, with influences from French and Israeli kitchens. Beyond their thoughtful dishes, Ca Phe Hanoi also features an all-day menu, creative cocktail bar, ambient vibes and it also happens to be kosher.
Found just steps from famous Kikar Rabin at Malkhei Yisra’el Street 3, the big, bright red doors of Ca Phe Hanoi are notable from any direction. Centrally located in the heart of Tel Aviv, the restaurant is easily accessible by foot, public transportation or car, as there is parking nearby. Stepping through the impressive entrance, large red, curtains hang dramatically over the doors creating an instant transformation upon entering the restaurant.
Once inside, the vibe and atmosphere feel completely different than the street outside, setting the laid-back tone and welcoming ambiance instantly. The decor is creative and quirky, with large golden umbrellas overhanging several tables, bright neon lights, and deliberate bamboo details, paying homage to the symbolic tree in Vietnamese life and culture. You will be welcomed by a kind server, all of whom speak both English and Hebrew, as well as French. Menus are also offered in Hebrew, English, and French. The servers are knowledgable in recommending dishes that pair well together and will be sure to check if you are ok with spice – be warned, many dishes are served very hot!
Around 21:00 the restaurant starts to fill up with an eclectic crowd, with many languages being spoken and diners of all ages sitting at the beautifully set tables. The bar also fills up, for those looking to enjoy expertly hand-made cocktails, infused with Vietnamese flavors, the Ca Phe Hanoi bar will not disappoint. The Red River Passion (48 NIS) is a well-balanced mix of Aperol, Black Rum, mango, passionfruit, and chili, served with a dehydrated orange and marigold flower, developing extra flavor. The Vietnamese Style Mojito (44 NIS) is also a recommended cocktail, a mix of White Rum, yuzu, coriander, pineapple, and red chili, it definitely puts a twist on a classic.
The extensive menu offers well-curated dishes that cater to any palate, including vegan diners, with vegan dishes noted on the menu with a green leaf. For the first course, one of the most recommended and notable dishes is the Pomelo Salad (approx 48 NIS), a seasonal special that is bright, fresh and flavorful. Combining fresh herbs, with fried fish, balanced with the acidity of the pomelo, the salad is a great way to start the meal. Other staters include Fresh Summer Rolls (24 NIS) made from rice paper, filled with noodles, carrot, chili, and red cabbage, served with a chili lime sauce and fresh herbs. For vegan diners, it is worth tasting the Mushroom Ragu Bao (56 NIS), a light steamed bun filled with perfectly prepared mushrooms which have been slow-cooked with caramelized onion and Indonesian soy.
For the main course, there are many options to choose from, many of which can be shared for those who want to try as much as possible. It is worth checking out the Bun-Bo section of the menu, offering a selection of dishes, a famous Vietnamese dish which combines rice noodles with fresh vegetables, herbs, and peanuts. For a real fusion, the Salmon and Avocado Tartar Bun-Bo (77 NIS) combines Japanese flavors, serving tuna and salmon tartar with avocado and wasabi sesame. The Haime Curry (52/72 NIS) is a rich curry made from tomatoes, peppers, coconut milk, and spices, filled with chickpeas and pumpkin. This dish is served with Jasmine rice and topped with fried fish, or for a vegan option, the curry can be served with fried tofu, that is crispy enough to hold it’s texture in the decadent sauce. For those seeking a truly Vietnamese flavor, the Pho Bo Soup is a warm and filling bowl of soup, slow-cooked for nine hours to develop the rich flavors. Cooked with star anise, cinnamon, fresh herbs, and served with cooked beef slices, bone marrow, and rice noodles, the Pho Bo Soup is great to eat on your own, or to share.
For an indulgent yet refreshing ending, the coconut ice cream is not to be missed. The creamy treat served elegantly in a large glass and it is both pareve and vegan. It is hard to believe it is not made from dairy as the coconut milk creates the milky creaminess and the light tart flavor makes it feel almost like frozen-yogurt.
Ca Phe Hanoi is a fresh, dynamic and one of the best kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv. The restaurant is under the Halachic supervision of Rabbi Yaakov Bezalel Harer. Great for date night, family dinners or meetings with friends, Ca Phe Hanoi can accommodate larger groups with reservations, and offers kid-friendly options as well as brunch.
Sun-Thurs: 12.00-00.00 Fri: 10.00 – until 2 hours before Shabbat Sat: 19.30-00.00 Malchei Israel 3 Tel Aviv Reservations Recommended