If you are a kosher-only eater and you find yourself peckish as you stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, the options before you are limited. You can turn onto Hertzel Street and find some schnitzel joints, or you can eek out a falafel on Yehuda Halevy Street, but chances are you’ll have to eat standing for both. Or you can head a bit further downtown to the only kosher establishment on Tel Aviv’s finest boulevard.
Petrozilya, Hebrew for parsley, is located towards the southern end of Rothschild Boulevard and is a large, friendly space with outdoor and indoor seating. The wood and plant motif, modular and clean decor, and visible kitchen give it a relaxed and friendly feeling. The crowd is mostly business lunchers from the nearby financial district, and the feeling is that you will get a quick, accessable, and tasty meal. As the owner, Roy, put it “we wanted everyone from the CEO to the mail carrier to be able to enjoy and afford our food.”
Their lunch special certainly fits the bill. For NIS45 you will get a large round of starter salads and home made pita as well as a main course and drink. Salads include a green tahina made with their signature herb, parsley. All freshly made, all tasty and generous.
You can choose from grilled chicken, kabobs, entricote (steak) skewers and more. Entrees are made to serve and you can watch them being prepared! They also have GoldStar on tap.
Petrozilya does a brisk lunch business, and afterwards, at 5pm they shut their doors to the public and host private events. So, best to do your strolling in the early afternoon. When asked whether last summers social protests hurt their business, owner, Roy, replied: "Of course not! We brought a DJ in and sold NIS5 beers to the protesters!" And that, right there, is the magic of Rothschild Boulevard.
47 Rothschild Boulevard
Open for lunch until 5pm: Sunday through Friday
English Menu - No
English speaking staff - Yes