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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
We entered this restaurant because on the menu shown outside, there was written also cuscus and I cannot say why, we were in the mood of cus cus.
The first day they said cus cus was finished, so we ordered roasted chiken that was good anyway.
We went back the day after and they said they could not cook cus cus that day, so we took some steak, hommos and decided we would eat cus cus at home.
Favorite Dish: The roasted chiken was particulary good, their hommos is nothing special instead
Disappointed we didnt get to eat at local places but as it was the sabbat we struggled so we ate at:
-Mikes place - an expat place that does mexican and burgers - we had nachos and a pitcher of beer for 86 NIS.
-Focachetta - on 4 Rabbi Akiva st - this is a great place to go on the Sabbat when everything else is closed here it stays open and its packed. get there before 8pm or you wilol queue. We had pizza and pasta and a beer each for 160NIS.
Nothing fancy here, just a bare table top with some mismatched chairs. The ENTIRE place has 6 tables crammed into a place barely large enough for 4, so if you want elbow room, find someplace else.
But if you love homecooked meals, this is the nearest you can get without going to grandma's house. The second photo here shows the cooking area...and I took the photo from my seat.
This is one place where you can enjoy the smells of the cooking almost as much as the actual food itself, it was a joy for the nose.
Favorite Dish: You can order several small portions to try out different things, we sat 6 at our table and each tried different things and we shared them all, not a single complaint.
I would recommend this to all my friends.
We had dinner in Focaccetta on a Friday evening: It is one of a few restaurants in central Jerusalem which is open on the Sabbath.
The menu was quite varied, with diferent kinds of meat, fish and seafood prepared in a variety of styles, from Thai-style noodles to Mexican fajitas. The menu also included a variety of starters and a selection of sandwiches and salads.
The service was good and efficient, and the decor trendy and quite pleasant. There was mainly indoor seating on the entrance floor, with a gallery above and a few small tables outside, on the pavement.
The main drawback was the noise: There were several families with children, and the noise was not dimmed by the acoustics in the restaurant. Maybe on other, less busy, evenings it feels different.
Michael Katz's (see Lavan tip) first place, Adom is to be found behind 31 Jaffa Rd in the old Feingold Cinema courtyard along with a number of other trendy/good eating places.
A dining courtyard and interior restaurant long with a sealed bar (smoking allowed) make this the perfect spot for lunch or dinner or simply a drink.
Atmospheric 19th century building with exposed stone, incredibly friendly staff and clientele (particularly in the bar - may have something to do with the free shots of Arak the bar staff frequently pour out!) and a diverse menu make it a great destination any night of the week.
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian food is particularly good - the eggplant, the goat's cheese ravioli, pea and pistachio risotto. But meats also good. Menu changes regularly according to season and fresh produce in the market.
Spread over two levels with the balcony overlooking the main dining area, eclectic in style and eclectic in its menu, Mehane Yehuda is currently one of the places to be seen.
Close to the main market of the city means produce is collected early in the morning and what's best determines the menu of the day - it can change almost hourly!
It's diverse in choice and is likely to please almost everyone - if you can get a table. It's on the frantic side so don't expect a quiet romantic dinner for two, but with the chefs in the open kitchen on the ground floor frequently bursting into song or 'playing' the kitchen utensils, it's full of energy, fun and superb food.
Favorite Dish: Menus change frequently, but the menu box 'We love vegetarians' alongside mouth-watering lumps of meat and fish give you an idea that they really love their food. Salads are excellent as is the "Wooden Block" for vegetarians (although for some reason meat is featured on the platter - make sure you tell the waitress and they'll either remove it or serve it in a dish) and the Okra Moaz fantastic. But then so are the meatballs served with humus and tahina and the bread in little paper bags....
Grilled meat bars abound throughout the Middle East. One of the best in Jerusalem is Sima. Large, always busy (market very close by), straightforward formica top tables, marble floors.
Salads precede the main dish - usually variations of kebabs, shishliks etc. Speciality is Jerusalem Grill - grilled hearts, livers and other 'entrails'. Nowhere near as bad as it sounds, although once is enough!
Favorite Dish: Shishliks - but should try the Jerusalem Grill once.
Appealing cafe-bistro - light, airy, friendly with outdoor dining on the terrace (protected from the worst of the noise from the road by plenty of thick foliage).
What it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for as far as convenience and quality of food, especially if you are staying in the Liberty Bell Gardens region.
Favorite Dish: Good Italian style pastas and antipasta as well as standard bistro type food and excellent salads. Great coffee and a very good breakfast menu.