How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Version 1: prices reflected in your bill are higher than in the menu. The excuse is that there are hidden extras written in the Hebrew/Arabic menus, whereas you were looking at the English menu.
- Version 2: adding unordered dishes to your bill.
- Past examples:
- Case 1: an Australian tourist was charged 36,000 Shekel (~USD 10k) for a meal at the Ash-Shawish restaurant in the Old City of Jerusalem – 10x the “fair” price.
- Case 2: 8 Chinese tourists were charged 16,500 Shekel (~USD 4.6k) at the Abu Ghosh Restaurant – causing a dispute between the restaurant and the Tour OperatorsAssociation.
Places to beware:
- Jerusalem: Old City of Jerusalem, Muslim Quarter
- Tel Aviv
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tours platform in Europe) has a couple of food tours.