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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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    Sadly, it rarely gets this full

    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.

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    Darna: Moroccan style

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    glorious

    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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    Selina Bar & Restaurant: Ode to a dead singer?

    by gilabrand Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the last couple of years, Jerusalem’s German Colony has become “the” place to eat and hang out. Selina is one of the many eateries lining the main street, Emek Refaim. So many, in fact, that we had a very hard time choosing. Why we selected Selina in the end, I’m not really sure, except that we were looking for a meat restaurant (we were very hungry) and I remembered hearing the name before, accompanied by lavish praise.

    The décor is a combination of dark wood, ochre walls, exposed stone arches, dim lighting with bursts of red – rows of red light fixtures and red couches. As it turns out, Selina was a Mexican singer who was murdered at the age of 24, so maybe those blood red couches are symbolic…

    We had the Selina hamburger and a dish of lamb meatballs. The meatballs – a total of three– were sitting in a large soup bowl full of sauce with no accompaniment. We had to remind the waitress that the dish was supposed to come with a side dish, and were brought a small serving of slightly orange potato puree. There was no bread or anything else to scoop up the gravy. The meatballs were OK, but definitely not worth the money (73 shekels).

    The hamburger (54 shekels) was more elaborately served, with very good chunky French fries (the best part of the meal), a small salad (fresh but miserly), a dab of seeded Dijon mustard, and a tiny saucer of ketchup. The seeded bun fell apart on the first bite, and the bottom half was a soggy inedible mess. The hamburger itself, a dense flat patty of ground beef, seemed commercial and fast-foody to me, although it was not untasty.

    Favorite Dish: Actually, the most interesting part of the meal was my trip to the bathroom, painted in dark brown with a sink filled with stones serving as a partition between the men’s and women’s sections. Instead of an ordinary faucet, the water comes out of a shower head!

    The restaurant was full of Americans speaking English. I’m not sure what that means. Maybe people read the excellent reviews that I later saw on-line. Even if those accolades were once deserved, I am sorry to say this is no longer the case.

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    Hashipudiya: A Foodie Experience to Savour

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This one's for me ?

    Hashipudiya is a Middle Eastern, kosher restaurant in downtown West Jerusalem. It's the sort of restaurant where you don't order. You just sit and are served whatever's on the menu for that evening. Huge stone-baked pittas, hot from the oven were thrown down on the table and dish after dish of hummous and every type of salad and dips. These were absolutely delicious and could have constituted a meal in themselves but after about 30 minutes long skewers of sizzling roast chicken made their appearance. These were followed by lamb patties, small potato chips and a few platters of another chicken dish. All the food was cooked right next to us and served immediately and for freshness and tastiness was simply outstanding. Afterwards we had fragrant mint tea and droolingly-good little filo pastry parcels.
    All this along with soft drinks and water, came to EURO 18 per person. An absolute bargain and a dining experience that I relished every minute of .

    Favorite Dish: The chicken on skewers was tender and tasty and the portions served were unbelievably generous.

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    Moshiko: Shwarma or Falafael

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In Jerusalem there's really only one thing to eat when you're on the go and that's shwarma or falafael. Okay you can get burgers or other snacks but this is what you will find in 95% of the street stalls selling food. The reason ? Because it's delicious and traditional and Jerusalem does it really well. On Friday lunchtime we got a chance to try this local delicacy on Ben Yehuda Street, where some of the best falafael and shwarma in the city are served. We ate at Moshiko's which if popularity is anything to go by, should be getting 5-star ratings from customers. You go inside to where they roast the meat then bring your food back outside and eat on the tables on the street. A great way to observe life in downtown Jerusalem.

    Favorite Dish: I had the shwarma here which consists of a large pitta choc full of thin slices of roast meat, chips and whatever salad you choose. The texture was a little strange at first, all the food tossed in together like that, but after a few mouthfuls, quite tasty.It's also the most economical and filling food you can buy on a budget.

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    "Bistro": Bisto, has excellent house bread and salad

    by Martin_S. Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bistro is in Ein Karem, Jerusalem and it hosts a very good house bread, that you can have with salads. We had two portions because the girls were so pleased with the house bread. You also get several types of spreads for the bread.

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    FAZA: Dairy restaurant & Internet cafe: A TV in the WC

    by gilabrand Updated Jan 20, 2011

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    Maybe I don’t get out enough, but a TV in the bathroom? Now that’s something new.

    I was having a bite with friends at Faza, on the corner of Rehov Palmach in Jerusalem, which is down the street from the Islamic Museum (in one of those ironic juxtapositions so common in Jerusalem – the Palmach was the strike force of the Jewish militia during the British Mandate). Freshening up in the bathroom (clean, by the way) I noticed a screen above the toilet. It seemed a bit strange. I mean why would the TV be located behind my head? Later it dawned on me: I had gone into the men’s WC. A peek into the ladies room showed a TV on the opposite wall. What the point is, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s a way to liven up the dinner conversation (or provide an escape when it gets too boring).

    Faza (Hebrew slang for “style,” according to the young person I asked) has undergone several metamorphoses. I remember it as a bicycle store and a beauty salon. Now it is a dairy restaurant and Internet café. Of course, the décor has changed. Now there are black square tables and cream-colored walls with a few red squiggles for accent. The lighting over the bar is interesting (see photo). Bring your laptop along – the place has WiFi access – or use one of the computers in the corner. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can sit there and surf to your heart’s content.

    So what about the food? The quiches (sweet potato and broccoli) were okay, although I wouldn’t have been able to identify the ingredients in a blind tasting. The pasta with mushrooms and cream was kind of ordinary. My friend ordered a green salad with cubes of fried haloumi (a kind of salty cheese), which she enjoyed. The bill for 4, which included a pitcher of lemonade, was quite reasonable. We paid NIS 148, which came out to about $33.

    So don’t make a special trip, but if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s not a bad place for a snack (and a pit stop…).

    Update - July 2008: Faza is now a sushi bar. I don't know if they redid the bathrooms...
    2011 Update: The restaurant is closed. It seems to be under renovation.

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    Montefiore Restuarant, Mishkenot Sha'ananim: Italian cuisine in a historic building

    by iblatt Written Jan 7, 2011

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    Montefiore Restaurant,Mishkenot Shaananim,Jerusalm
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    Mishkenot Shaananim was the first residential building outside the Old City walls, built in 1860 by Sir Moses Montefiore (see my "Things to Do" tip). Its prime location on the slope of the hill overlooking the Old City walls from the west makes it unique and inspiring. It now serves as accomodation for visiting writers, artists and scientists from all over the world.

    However, you do not need to be a distinguished writer in order to dine in the excellent restuarant in Mishkenot Shaananim, appropriately named "Montefiore Restaurant". You can enjoy excellent food (Italian cuisine) and a superb view. We had dinner here with a guest from abroad and greatly enjoyed it. The first course included eggplant parmesan, antepasti, cannelloni, artichoke filled with wild mushrooms. For the main course I had sea bream, which was delicious. The desserts were tasty but very standard and uninspiring (caramel cream, fruit salad, cheese cake, apple pie, chocolate mousse).
    The service was professional and efficient.

    All in all, food and ambience combined, this was a worth while dining experience.

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  • Paradiso:: Became "Our Place" During Business Trip

    by hongkong88 Written Oct 24, 2010

    A colleague and myself were in Jersusalem for 2 1/2 weeks on Business. This place was near our hotel (Dan Panorama) and we tried it early in our stay and liked it and kept coming back for dinner. It is great to sit on the terrace and watch the world go by. Some of the waitstaff have actual personalities which we found to be rare in Jerusalem. My friend had the salads and various poultry dishes and really liked them.

    Favorite Dish: Had the bacon and egg sandwich twice and really loved it. They are very big and one night I had a half of one and that was plenty. Pasta is good not great. Had a chicken sandwich once and really liked the chicken but the meat had some kind of semi-mayo spread on it with a odd spice taste that put me off. The salads are imaginative and also very big.

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    Agua: Agua for good food and service

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 19, 2010
    Agua Restaurant, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, Israel

    Fairly new restaurant in a beautiful suburb of Jerusalem, just outside the city and in the Ein Kerem area which deserves a visit even if you do not eat there.
    The restaurant is in an older structure that was originally a grocery store, but with the typical high vaulted ceilings from that time. The accoustics leave much to be desired, but the decor is nice, subdued and comfortable.
    The service and attitude here was excellent. We had chosen this restaurant because one of the credit cards we use had a "DEAL", a reduction in price for the card holder. We read the ad and decided to give Agua a try. Upon arrival we were seated and we told the waiter that we wanted to order the special deal, we were given menus and told that he would be right back.
    The manager arrived at our table to explain that the credit card company had made a mistake in the ad and Friday nights were NOT INCLUDED in the deal....BUT since we had already arrived he would let us order the deal, NO PROBLEM...he even brought us extra servings of desert when he learned it was our wedding anniversary. ^O^

    Favorite Dish: Won't describe each dish, but we were a group of 4 people and each ordered something different. Suffice it to say that each one of us were totally satasfied with the dishes served to us.

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