Ernest Hemmingway's most famous novel 'The Old Man and The Sea', is about an aging fisherman and his battle with a large marlin in wild sea. In the beautiful old Port of Jaffa, the battle is whether you can get a seat in 'The Old Man & The Sea' to eat the fresh fish caught that day.
This busy restaurant is full of character, reflecting the openness of the sea, with it's large, simple décor, easily washed down in between diners. The lights hang down from the ceiling in fishing nets, bringing the smell of the sea inside. Outside, you can dine watching the boats anchoring in the marina and the sun setting over Tel Aviv.
The food is good and plentiful, landing on your table almost as soon as you have sat down. Lots of tasty little bowls of all kinds of salads and vegetables, served with freshly made hot pittas. Jugs of juice come with the meze starter together with any other drinks ordered.
For the main meal, a variety of fresh local fish is on offer, together with meat if desired, but this restaurant is known for it's fish, served fried with potatoes and delicious it was too.
Service is fast and furious, but 'The Old Man & The Sea' is a real dining experience, and in my mind, not to be missed.