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    café Hillel: café Hillel

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    Late in the evening on our way back to Hostel Jerusalem we wanted to eat something, the area is full of café and restaurants on and off Jaffa street. We stopped at café Hillel because we liked the outdoor seating where you can always watch the people passing by while the trams passes just in front (a bit noisy).

    Later I’ve learnt it’s a popular café/bar all over Israel although the first one was in Jerusalem and is famous for its coffee, unfortunately knowing that seven people were killed in 2003 after a suicide attack at the café wasn’t good to know but again we had discussions like this in many other places we visited and were hit all over the city including the popular Yehuda market that we loved.

    We didn’t want a regular restaurant and just hopped they have some basics and not only coffee (they have their own brand), croissant and some snacks. Hopefully their menu included salads, some mains, pizza etc. We had a Pizza margarita, big enough for two people and was good, we also had a gorgeous fresh and tasty Hillel salad and some coke. Service was fast and friendly, way better from many other Israeli café we visited.

    The bill came at 120nis (about 25euros in October 2013), seemed reasonable considering the location

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    Michmoret fish restaurant: Michmoret fish restaurant

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    Second visit at Yehuda market and for one more time we were at the same corner but this time we decided to try the restaurant opposite Pasta Basta. Michmoret is specialized on fish and is run by a fish stall owner (michmoret means fishing net) so that would be a nice alternative.

    Although there was space inside (simple décor but warm enough for a proper restaurant dinner and way less noisy) we preferred the outdoor seating because as always we preferred to be near the full action of the market with dozens of people come and go non stop… it’s always nice to see pretty colorful girls (eg.pink and greek hairs) near orthodox jews that usually are dressed in their black costumes.

    Service (in English) was fast and helpful explaining us the different dishes but also asked us if wanted the fish whole or filleted, grilled or fried etc nice touch that you don’t expect in a place like this.
    Their menu isn’t extensive but just some salads but many fish dishes of courses. We had a nice salad (similar to greek salad), and a selection of different meze (small side dishes) for dipping including humus of course, in general they were mediocre, not bad but we expected more. Then we had a good pasta dish and st.peter fish that we tried many times all over Israel, here it was served with grilled half of beet and potatoes. We didn’t try any of the desserts as we tried and bought many later in the market stalls.

    The bill was at 128nis (about 27euros in October 2013)

    It’s open Sunday to Thursday 12-24.00, Friday 12-16.00. They also run the Fish N Chips eatery on the other side of the alley but we preferred the proper fish restaurant.

    Michmoret fish restaurant selection of different meze
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    Pasta Basta: Pasta Basta

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    We were strolling around in Yehuda market looking for an affordable place to eat when we saw several small eateries, one of them was squeezed in a corner of the Hatut alley near Agripas street advertising some past dishes, there were many young customers, most of them enjoying some drinks so we stropped here as we liked the fun atmosphere. The good prices explain why it is always full with people, as long as you find a free table grab it and then enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of the market.

    There’s no menu actually but many different Pasta dishes with several different extras/sauces, but also soups (15nis), salads (15-25nis) and desserts (15nis). We had a pasta with pesto and mushrooms (25nis), it was good even though not at the same level as in a top level Italian restaurant, and a tasty green salad(15nis) which was a bit small as were used of huge ones in Israel. We washed them down with a diet coke (10nis) and a small beer (12nis). We forgot to taste the homemade ice tea (6nis)
    Service was good and the bills came at 62nis (about 13euros on October 2013). Tap water for free.
    Opens at noon until late in the night but closed during Sabbath.

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    Maffiat Neeman: Maffiat Neeman

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    We walked along Jaffo street when we saw this bakery/pastry/take away place where you can have your coffee and some great desserts to destroy your diet and feel guilty when you visit the beach. You can sit inside and have the view on the street or choose one of the tables outside, we preferred to sit outside among the people that were coming and go.

    Maffiat Neeman (translated would mean the Neeman Bakery. The way it is spelt can also mean "authentic", but in this case it is the family name of the people who established the bakery in 1944, thanks my VT friend Martin_S for the info as the sign was in Hebrew).

    We had a coffee and a dessert there but also took some desserts with us on our way back home forgetting the fact we were only 3 days away from the beach trip. The place was very busy, most people were coming for take away desserts, one of them was in such fury that he dropped some desserts from the table in front of the cashier on the floor, we liked that the stuff took them and throw them away instead of putting them back :)

    It’s open Sunday to Thursday 7-20.00, Friday till 16.00

    Maffiat Neeman sweets at Neeman Bakery view from inside Neeman Bakery coffee and sweet

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    Sara Old City Cafeteria: Sara Old City Cafeteria

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    In the evening we were on our way out of the Jewish quarter and we stopped at Sara Old City café. It’s a small place with outdoor seating, ideal only for coffee break actually.

    We had an Iced coffee (20nis) and borma dessert (8nis) which was a small mediocre bite, maybe I should have tried baqlawa. They also have soft drinks/ juice/water (12nis) fresh juice (15nis), hot drinks (tea, coffees, chocolate). If you are hungry you can try falafel/hummus (20nis), hotdog(28nis), shawarma/kebab(40nis), some mains (28-72nis) and salads(28-40nis), everything was more expensive than usual for such place.

    Nothing more to add here as we stayed only for some minutes, all the other customers were tourists too, easy to be recognized by their burnt faces and their overflowing fatigue that the average tourist has trying to cover everything in one day.

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    Al Sultan restaurant: Al Sultan restaurant

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    After visiting the church of Resurrection/Holy Sepulchre we decided to eat something in the central square which is nearby.

    Al Sultan restaurant has lots of tables on the street so it was great to sit there and watch the people passing by and relax for a while before we follow our itinerary to the rest of the Old City.

    They have typical arab food like hummus(25nis), falafel(35nis), hummus and shawarma(55nis), falafel dish (45nis), shawarma with chicken or meat (65nis) but also french fries (25nis) and salads. Prices are on the expensive side as expected for the area (they’re focusing on tourists anyway but we didn’t care we had to eat, now, thanks!)

    So we had a lovely salad and two typical but tasty falafel sandwiches that we remembered with nostalgia the next days! Service was typical but fast and the restrooms clean.

    The bill was 100nis (about 20 euros).

    Al Sultan restaurant falafel and salad
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    pizzeria Basti: pizzeria Basti

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    Pizzeria Basti is located right in the heart of the Christian quarter on Via Dolorosa so thousands of tourists passing by as it’s located just across from the 3rd station of the Cross. The place was unattractive and looked like an obvious tourist trap but we stopped for a cold drink, a fresh lemonade or anything else just to save some energy before we kept walking on way of suffering (via Dolorosa) almost exhausted by heat.

    So, we got a table outside which was great for people watching. 15’ later we realized that no one had come to take the order so we left, maybe we were invisible or somethimg, maybe the waiter was Israeli and knew I have Palestinian friends or maybe he was a Palestinian and knew we had Israeli friends or maybe he had just a bad day or night back home with his wife :)

    Their menu has many pizza of course but also the usual salads, falafel, shawarma etc We carried the cross and kept going….

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    King of Falafel and Schwarma: New City: King of Felafel and Schwarma

    by antistar Updated Mar 2, 2014

    For tasty, fast and cheap falafel, there's a popular place in the center of New Jerusalem that you can't miss: King of Falafel and Schwarma. It's a simple take away, but people loiter in the small area inside, probably because they know that once they've finished one, they'll immediately want another. The falafel sandwiches come with a special favourite ingredient: fried potatoes.

    Favorite Dish: Falafel!

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    Dormition Abbey Coffee Shop: Coffee Shop and More of Dormition Abbey

    by machomikemd Written Oct 10, 2013

    tired from all of the walking and hiking along the pilgrimage sites around Jerusalem? if yes and you are at the mount zion area, you can have a break and have a drink or coffee and even light snacks and beer at the coffee shop of the Dormition Abbey Church. the Coffee Shop is just beside the entrance to the church and is sells assorted coffee drinks, bottled water, light snacks like pasta, pizza, sandwiches (non kosher for a change!) and more. you can even pay in Euros or US dollars, instead of Israeli Shekels, but they give loose change in shekels.

    opens: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    Favorite Dish: what else but the gold star beer and the coffee, what else.

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    Ramat Rachel Restaurant: Kibbutz Restaurant in Jerusalem

    by machomikemd Written Oct 8, 2013

    The Ramat Rachel Restaurant, located in the middle of Ramat Rachel Kibbutz, on the outskirts of Jerusalem near Bethlehem and Beit Sahour Towns, is a popular restaurant frequented by Groups of Holyland Christian Pilgrims of various Nationalities on a package tour in Big Tour Buses and Vans. the restaurant is large and can sit a few hundred people and the menu here is International and Israeli Cuisine (all kosher) and there are several stations where you line up and pick the food you want and pay at the counters (separate appetizer, soups and salads, main course, pasta, drink stations) and they accept US Dollars as payment too but they give change in Israeli Shekels.

    the restaurant is open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday

    Favorite Dish: since you pick you own meals here as it has a fast food feel, average price of a main course meal (chicken or Beef or Lamb, whatever style of cooking) is NIS 40 to 60 and soups and appetizers at NIS 12 to 30 NIS and drinks from NIS 10 to 25.

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    Jonathan Dining Room: Main Dining Area of Ramada Hotel Royal Wing

    by machomikemd Written Oct 8, 2013

    Most Christian Pilgrims going on a multi day religous tour of Jerusalem tene to have breakfast and dinner buffets at the hotels they stay and then lunch at the areas they tour and we were no exception. Since we were staying at the Ramada Hotel Royal Wing, which is geared more for the Christian Pilgrims as the other wing of the Hotel is Geared for more affluent guests and Orthodox and Ultra Orthodox Jews, we had our breakfast and dinner at the Jonathan Dining Room, located at the second floor of the Ramada Royal Wing Hotel. The Dining room is a huge area that serves mostly local israeli and middle eastern cuisine which are all kosher and no pork dishes are at the menu.

    opens: Hours

    Mon - 6:30AM to 10:00AMMon - 6:30PM to 8:30PMTue - 6:30AM to 10:00AMTue - 6:30PM to 8:30PMWed - 6:30AM to 10:00AMWed - 6:30PM to 8:30PMThu - 6:30AM to 10:00AM

    Favorite Dish: since they have different buffet, then i have no favorite but since i like the assorted mezze platters, pita bread and assorted chicken and beef dishes that are quite ok.

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    Panoramic Golden City: Dining on the Roof in the Christian Quarter

    by iblatt Updated Apr 9, 2012

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    "Panoramic Golden City". previously called Papa Andreas Restaurant, is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, in the center square of the Muristan section.
    We climbed the stairs to the large, spacious roof, and had a very good lunch (the usual Middle Eastern fare) with a great view all around us: The Muristan square with its small fountain right below us; the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer very close on one side, and the Holy Sepulchre Church nearby; the roofs and balconies of the Christian Quarter all around; the golden Dome of the Rock a bit further, and the Mount of Olives in the distance: the most inspiring background for an enjoyable meal. For a rainy day, there is also an indoor dining hall one floor down.

    Favorite Dish: You can order all the salads (usually served as starters) for NIS 120. This includes 10 small dishes, such as humous, tehina, a plateful of falafel balls, eggplants salad, pickles, Turkish salad (spicy tomatoes and onions; the menu calls it "Turkey salad" but don't let that confuse you: there is no turkey in it at all!!); quite enough for 3 people who do not want to have a full meal.

    Panoramic Golden City Restaurant, Jerusalem On the roof of Panoramic Golden City Restaurant Muristan Square seen from Panoramic Golden City Church of the Redeemer from Panoramic Golden City Indoor dining at Panoramic Golden City Restaurant
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    Tmol Shilshom: Literary Ambience

    by leffe3 Written Jan 30, 2012

    Dairy restaurant that has survived the fads of trendy restaurants.

    Established in 1994, Tmol Shilshom is named after the novel by S.Y.Agnon and translates into Those Were the Days. It's one of the nicest places in Jerusalem and is 'very Jerusalem' - a building more than 130 years old in the middle of Nahalat Shiv'a.

    Two rooms and an adjoining terrace all on the first floor, its a miasma of the eclectic. Stone floors, overstuffed chairs, a hotchpotch of paraphernalia on the shelves. Part bookshop, part cafe/restaurant, Tmol Shilshom also presents regular literary events.

    It's open from 9am until 1am - you can go for coffee and park yourself for most of the day with your laptop or go for lunch or dinner. Along with its cheesecake, Tmol Shimshon is renowned for its salmon fillet in fig sauce.

    Favorite Dish: The beauty of Tmol Shimshon is the simplicity of the food. As a dairy restaurant, no meat is served but there is plenty of fish on the menu.

    Pasta and couscous are the mainstay - the portobello mushroom in cream sauce with linguine has to be one of the best ever!

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    Lavan: one of the best views in town

    by leffe3 Updated Jan 20, 2012

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    Part of the cinematheque complex and one of the best cafe/restaurants in town. Great views, especially from the outdoor terrace (covered during the winter). Halfway between a cafe and a restaurant, its good for breakfast through to dinner - from coffee to 3 courses.

    Formally Cafe Cacao, it became more upmarket when the culinary delights of Belgian trained Israeli chef Michael Katz took over (he also runs Adom - see separate tip - and Colony restaurants in Jerusalem) and, more recently, he dropped the vegetarian tag to incorporate meat (with the cinematheque open on Friday nights and Saturdays, the restaurant could never be Kosher anyway).

    Result is the food is a lot simpler - superb but enormous focaccia pizzas (bulgarian fetta and eggplant particularly fine), schnitzel with coleslaw and chips, burgers etc as well signature salads - but still excellent.

    Favorite Dish: It's the simplicity of the food that is the attraction of Lavan.

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    El Gaucho: Vegeterians stay away

    by xaver Written Jan 6, 2012

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    This is an argentinian restaurant in the city centre. We could go without reservation but bvery early(7pm) so, if you have the chance to rserve a table, that would be a good idea.
    Asado was very good and so the other grill meat we got.

    Favorite Dish: Asado was good but it's even better and more convenient if you order the grill mix for two(there is some asado, entrecote and more).
    The Yarden red wine they suggest is really good.

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