You can tell a local coffee shop is making its mark when it starts to shift the center of gravity in its neighborhood. Maybe the air starts to feel a little different when you walk down the block, or the yentas move their daily chit chats a little closer-by. Petit Food is one of those places.
Located on Yedidya Frenkel off of Aliya Street it’s in a quieter, more residential neighborhood south of the bustling Central Bus Station and east of boozy Florentin. You know you’ve found it when you spot the small crowd of artists, computer geeks, and part-time students lingering in and around the cafe.
This is a neighborhood joint that gets the finishing touches right. Coffee is paired with an attractive and tasty little cookie and side salads are not throwaways. It’s impressive for a place that has been open only 3 months and they’ve already developed a following of loyal clients.
The decor is post-industrial, with reclaimed wood tables, glass sugar bowls you’d find at your grandmother’s house, and potted plants. There is even a little do-it-yourself nail station, complete with polish and magazines.
Owner Yossi Gatanyo, who also owns a catering business by the same name, serves up classic Israeli breakfasts and lunch fare at attractive prices. The Israeli breakfast seems to never end, with platters of eggs, salads, cheese, bread, and muffins arriving just when you think you are full.
We feasted on a generously proportioned tuna salad that featured seared tuna coated in black sesame with a wasabi dressing.
All of their sandwiches are stuffed and arrive with a salad as well. The smoked mackerel starter was an unusual find on a coffee shop menu.
The cafe is dairy and Kosher- an unusual find that area. While the menu is only in Hebrew, the waitstaff speak beautiful English and never forget a face.
Address: Yedidya Frenkel 70, Florentin
English menu: No
English speaking staff: Yes