There is probably no entity in Israel that understands – and delivers – Japanese cuisine better than the Onami Group, which owns and operates three ethnic restaurants on Ha’arba’a Street in Tel Aviv. Recently, one of the three, Oban Koban, cloned itself and opened a branch in Ramat Hahayal, which has become home to quite a few noteworthy restaurants.
The decor of the new compact Oban Koban is unmistakably modern Japanese, complete with decorative lanterns. The interior is dominated by a central bar, surrounded by tables; there are also a few tables outside. The restaurant opened for lunch several months ago but is now open for dinner as well.