You may not know, but Israel is a wonderland when it comes to casual and fine dining. Jerusalem, the cultural capital of the country, offers an array of tastes to suit even the most selective of eaters. Step into a blend of innovative and contemporary with Armenian, Kurdish, Arabic and Jewish influences. If dining out in Jerusalem isn’t enough, many restaurants are housed in heritage buildings and museums giving you the chance to admire traditional architecture while savoring your unique dish.
So which restaurants did Lisa discover on her journey in October 2015?
Eucalyptus, in the city’s Artist’s Quarter, is a one-of-a-kind restaurant offering kosher biblical food. This joint continuously pops up on Top Ten “must-try” lists, and for good reason. You’ll find everything from fire-roasted egg-plant to Gnocci Hubessa with a side of edible flower and eucalyptus salad. Much of the restaurant’s extensive success can be attributed to top chef, Moshe Basson.
If you’re feeling a bit more low-key, have no fear! In a city of nearly 900,000 there is something to suit every taste. Adom restaurant and wine bar boasts a seamless mix of local ingredients with continental influences (ie. French and Italian). Excellent fresh seafood dishes, mouth-watering ravioli and the extensive Israeli wine menu will have you coming back for more!
What better place to pass a birthday than in a place filled with history, culture and delicious food? Lisa awoke to an outstanding breakfast at Leonardo Plaza Hotel with the one of the most diverse fresh bars in the city. Their selection of cheeses, including fresh peppered bocconcini perfectly complements the in-house freshly-baked bread. If one of your dreams as a kid was to eat pizza for breakfast, well, you’re in luck, because the wood-stove is in operation during the wee hours of the morning! Go nuts!
Jerusalem is underrated in comparison to European cultural hubs when it comes to foodie culture. With the new insider information, maybe you’ll think further East when planning your next big trip! Stay up-to-date with WSGT through our blog and youtube channel for more articles on Israel’s art scene and history.