After many years of great meals in Tel Aviv's "Taste of Life" Restaurant, we set out to find the original branch in Dimona. We were quite disappointed when we found the store sign lying on the ground, broken and derelict. When we asked about what happened to it, we were pointed to a small structure to further inquire. What we found was a tiny unknown oasis of brilliant food, called "The Miznon" (Hebrew for "Cafeteria") which is more similar to the original Taste of life in Tel Aviv, than the current Taste of Life is. The food was tremendous.
My Friend ordered the Vegetarian Pot Roast with some greens and I had it on a sandwich with some with some Prince Dressing and fried cauliflower on the side. With the exception of the fried cauliflower (which had been sitting out too long) The food was delicious homestyle vegan fare. Just like Taste of Life in the old days you could pick whatever veggies and sprouts you wanted in your salad or Sandwich and the service was delightful. We noticed they had a vegan soft serve Ice cream machine, but when I heard it was only vanilla I was disinclined. Fortunately, my friend bought a cup (and then another 2!!!) because it was the best and purest tasting vegan ice cream either of us had ever had.
Since then I have come back, only to discover, that this is the only place in Israel that sells Bean Curd Skins (often known as "vegetarian Duck") and with some prince or Jerusalem dressing it makes a sandwich where you are guaranteed to lick your plate clean.
To be clear, the place isn't fancy and they dont have a giant menu with a million options, but they have a few rotating mains and sides. It is a homey joint which is mostly frequented by locals, and the food is served cafeteria style. Overall it's fresh (they make all of their soy products there) the service is delightful and helpful, and the prices are unbeatable (15-30 Shekels for a huge meal). Altogether guaranteeing that you, and your tummy, will leave smiling!
Directions: Enter Dimona and continue straight to the end of Herzl st. you will then get to a traffic circle (which is the junction of Bar Lev st) continue straight onto Aliyah st. and then make the first left. Drive down the street (which is a dead end) and park towards the end on the right hnad side (in front of a school) from here cross the street with your back to the school. From here it is about 1 and a half blocks straight into the Hebrews neighborhood.Pros: Brilliant Vegan Ice Cream, Amazing Prices, Very satisfying and filling
Cons: The sides sit out, Not a huge selection