Ein Kerem, the beautiful village tucked in the Jerusalem mountains, gets very busy on Saturdays. Restaurants in central Jerusalem are closed for the Sabbath due to religious constraints, and many hungry Jerusalem visitors and locals flock to Ein Kerem (and also Abu Gosh) for a good meal.
We had lunch in "Karma" on a busy Saturday. The restaurant was full and people were queuing up outside. Fortunately we had a reservation and a table was ready for us. The quality of the food and service was remarkable, and we felt as if the chef was working just for us!
The menu is varied, including salads, pastas, meat dishes (chicken, lamb, beef) and fish. Everyone in our party was satisfied with their meal, from grilled fish to kamb casserole to roastbeef sandwich to Greek salad.
There are 2 storeys, and the best tables (in my opinion) are on the second floor balcony overlooking the main street of Ein Kerem and surrounding hills.
Bet Ha'maayan (the well house) is a restaurant located a few meters near Mary's well.
The view from here is very good.
Favorite Dish: We ate a good breakfast , the bread was very good
The restaurant is located in the middle of the lovely village , and you can enjoy italian and french cuisine.
They have also breakfast , sandwiched , soups and more.
Another thing you will see inside is a cat and a few dogs - i dont think it is a good thing but i guess people love it.
Favorite Dish: The Onion soup was very good.
The other things we ordered (Hamburger and schnitzel) were ok and not more than that.
The food is quite standard. You can find the Italian/French stuff you can expect in such yuppie places. But, the place itself is charming. Residing in an old stone house, with a real fireplace in winter and a view of the Judea mountains.