For a completely different dining experience, T in Tel Aviv recommends an evening at the Nalagaat Center in Jaffa.
Nalagaat ("do touch" in Hebrew) is Israel's first deaf and blind theater company. In addition to the theater productions at the Nalagaat Center there aretwo restaurants for pre and post theater. Even a non theater evening is a pleasure.
Café Kapish (Hebrew site only) is a casual restaurant where the staff is deaf. We enjoyed our light dinner of salads, soup and pasta. Communicating is not at all challenging as the young staff is attentive to your every request and eager to please. The menu has some sign language tips in it and the paper tablecloths also offer some basic sign language expressions that you can use such as "thank you, please and drink". One of the three waiters that served us wrote a few words on the mini-white board that was on our table – game, basketball, cake, family and play – and gave us a quick sign lesson.
The performances start at 8:30 p.m. If you are not attending the show I would recommend dining after the performance begins since the space is not at all sound proof and is quite noisy until the crowd enters the theater. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST. Note that the dairy menu is not overly child friendly (pasta was in a wine sauce) but very tasty.
There is another restaurant on the premises – Blackout. Under the auspicious of Israeli celebrity chef, Nir Tzuk the restaurant is in the dark, the staff blind and your food ordered before entering the darkened space. There are two options for dining here. One is a meal that is served from 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. (before the performance) and is 90 shekels per person. The second is a 3 course meal for 140 shekels per person that is served from 9:00 p.m. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST.
The Nalagaat Center is open for dinner and the performance on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information – 03-633-0808.