Israeli restaurants Aria, Chloélys, Herbert Samuel, Hola, Milgo Milbar and Nomi received World Luxury Restaurant Awards for 2019 recently at a ceremony in The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Aria, a contemporary chef bistro in Tel Aviv offering a menu created by Chef Guy Gamzu, won in three categories: best luxury restaurant bar (global), fine dining cuisine (Middle East) and interior design (Middle East).

Herbert Samuel, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Herzliya, won the global award for luxury kosher cuisine. The fine-dining establishment specializes in Mediterranean ingredients – primarily fish, meat, local fresh vegetables and olive oil.

Tel Aviv’s Milgo Milbar won the award for best head chef in the Middle East in acknowledgement of head chef Moti Titman, who has created a modern Israeli menu that incorporates his unique interpretation of international cuisines. Milgo Milbar also won a regional award for best food styling/presentation.

Nomi, the fine-dining kosher restaurant at InterContinental David Tel Aviv, was voted as the top luxury hotel restaurant in the Middle East. Opened in January 2019 for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, Nomi is the latest venture by acclaimed Israeli chef Yoram Nitzan and serves meat, poultry and fish.

Middle East awards also went to Chloélys in Tel Aviv for its kosher cuisine; and to Hola Restaurant & Bar as best luxury brasserie. Both are helmed by Chef Victor Gloger.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards, now in their fourth year, are voted on by some 100,000 travelers and industry professionals.