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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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    Hamisphacha: dreaming cus cus

    by xaver Written Jan 6, 2012

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    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

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    Try these....: couple of places

    by littlebush Updated Sep 15, 2011

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    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.

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    Ohliem ba Shuk (Eating in the Shuk): Ohliem ba Shuk, up front and personal

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 14, 2011

    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.

    Ohliem ba Shuk, Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem, Israel Ohliem ba Shuk, Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem, Israel
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    Focaccetta: Dining in Central Jerusalem

    by iblatt Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    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.

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    Adom: Great place to eat and/or drink

    by leffe3 Written Jul 2, 2011

    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.

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    Mehane Yuda: The in-place of 2011

    by leffe3 Written Jul 1, 2011

    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....

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    Sima: Jerusalem Grill

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    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.

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    Paradiso: Great spot, good food

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    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.

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    Finks: The place that turned Kissinger away (twice)

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    A wonderful, tiny, atmospheric Jerusalem institution that has been here for 70 years. You have Harry's Bar in Venice, The Foreign Correspondent's Club in Phnom Penh and you have Finks.

    6 tables in an intimate Austro-Hungarian or French auberge style bar/dining room. Wooden (well actually its formica painted dark brown to look like wood) panels half way up the wall, white walls above covered in a lexicon of original paintings and sketches from local artists of the 1940s and 1950s. One wall is dominated by the bar (and which provides a further 6 or so seats) and there is certain hushed reverence: this is more to do with the atmosphere generally than any enforced silence or overt respect for the other diners!

    Its has been here so long there are many stories to be told - the popularity of the place with foreign correspondents and world press (CNN reporters, at the end of the Gulf War, flew in from round the region, had a celebratory meal and then made their way back to the airport); Kissinger being turned away twice - once as a result of his security men wanting to clear the restaurant so that he could eat (no way!) and the second occasion when he wanted to eat on a Friday evening (another no no): the owner respecting his customers to such an extent that only on one occasion as he asked a table if they would take coffee at the bar - a certain customer had been waiting 30 minutes already. That certain customer was Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister at the time....

    Favorite Dish: Traditional Austro-Hungarian fare: soups, steaks, goulash, strogonoff, schnitzels and a good (if safe) wine list. Some 100 whiskies are allso on offer. There's nothing trendy or faddish about this place - the menu, like the decor, has remained the same for years. (It closes every August for a month for redecoration: the colours are the same, the paintings hang in exactly the same place!)

    The food isn't the best in town, and its overpriced for what it is but nevertheless its still good wholesome fare and the rarified atmosphere makes it a must for at least the experience.

    Fink's has now sadly closed.

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    'The Armenian Tavern': Armenian style

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    Variation on a theme of Middle Eastern. There are suprisingly few simple, decent places to eat in the Old City other than the more obvious 'felefal fast food joints' or, in the Jewish quarter, overpriced coffee bars (actually evrything is overpriced in the old city!).

    This is a bit of a haven, close to the Jaffa Gate but surprisingly seems a bit off the beaten path. It's in the basement of a building on the street leading from Jaffa Gate towards Zion Gate (so easily found, unlike many other places in the Old City), with a tiled interior, fountain gently splashing in one corner. In all, it oozes atmosphere.

    Favorite Dish: Most of the meat dishes, especially the kofte type meatballs and variations on a theme. Tend to be a mix between Turkish and Persian - slightly spicier than Turkish, a little more basic than exotic side of Persian cooking.

    Sadly, it rarely gets this full

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    Darna: Moroccan style

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    Stunningly beautiful recreation of traditional Moroccan palace. It may be a little on the pricey side, but outside of Morocco itself, few places where you could eat in such sumptuously beautiful surrounds. Several small rooms of varying sizes and styles with each one unique.

    Favorite Dish: Pigeon pie and or the many tagines on offer as well as sweets and coffee... A genuinely wonderful experience.

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    Herzl Grill House: Dine in the Building where Herzl Stayed

    by iblatt Updated Jun 22, 2011

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    Theodor Herzl was the founder and leader of the Zionist movement in Europe in the late 19th century. In 1898 he was invited to Jerusalem to meet the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was visiting the Holy Land at the time. Herzl's goal was to gain the Kaiser's support to plead with the ruling Ottoman Sultan to grant the Jews a charter to build their national home in the Holy Land.

    A famous photo shows Herzl standing on the balcony of a house on Mamilla Street, just outside Jaffa Gate, in which he was staying. The house has been conserved, and today it stands on the recently built Mamilla Boulevard. "Herzl Grill House" is located at the front of this historic house.

    We had lunch here on a summer Friday afternoon. We sat outdoors, watching the hustle and bustle of Mamilla Boulevard: Locals and tourists, singles, couples, families and groups strolling from the new city to Jaffa Gate and the Old City, or in the opposite direction.

    The starters were disappointing: The salad had a lot of fennel and beetroot, bith of which are not our favorites. The Moroccan cigars stuffed with chicken ragout, onions, plums and roasted almond sounded promising but were a bit tasteless and dry.
    We did enjoy our main dishes: I was happy with my hamburger, Ofrah and Adam loved their grilled young chicken steak with red wine onion jam.
    "Herzl" also offers a special Friday brunch for only NIS 59, consisting of bread, jam, olives, avocado spread, liver pate, eggplant in tehina and a vegetable salad, plus a selection of tapas. This is a really good deal.
    There is outdoor and indoor seating on two levels of the building.

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    Kadosh: Cosy, Atmospheric Cafe-Restaurant in the Center

    by iblatt Updated May 14, 2011

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    Kadosh Restaurant is located on a central street in Jerusalem, on the border of the historic neighborhood of Nachalat-Shiv'a. It is one of the favorites of my daughter, who lives in Jerusalem, and her friends. We had a light meal here in the evening, and greatly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere: It really felt "homey", as the restaurant website promised.

    The menu is varied, with sandwiches, salads, quiches, pasta, soup and fish, and for dessert there is a very large selection of cakes and tarts. There is a touch of humor in the menu, with sandwiches named after frequent patrons of the restaurant (I had "Haim's Sandwich"). The others enjoyed their lasagna, salad and yam quiche.

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    Cavalier: Gourmet Restaurant in the Trendy Center

    by iblatt Updated Apr 24, 2011

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    We owe our culinary experience at Cavalier to Yona and Duby, who asked us for lunch there. This is a chef's French restaurant. It is set in an old house in the trendy area of Shlomzion St, on the edge of the Nachalat-Shiv'a neighborhood, which is home to many restaurants, cafes and pubs.

    Cavalier offers a choice of excellent gourmet dishes. During lunch time it is possible to order a business lunch consisting of a starter or soup and a main course for the price of the main course (NIS 79-99). The evening menu is more varied and many main courses cost over NIS 100. I had a very tasty pumpkin soup and a delicious red tuna sashimi, seared in sesame oil, soy sauce and wasabi. For dessert I had tarte tatin which was also excellent.
    The service was very good.
    In addition to the excellent food we enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and the decor.

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