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Traditional foods are recreated with a modern slant by famed chef Moshe Basson using indigenous local ingredients to produce an elegant, gourmet dining experience. Dishes include Jerusalem artichoke soup with almond milk, chicken stuffed figs in tamarind sauce and the seven vegetable couscous described as biblical couscous from the days of King Solomon. Chefs and waiters are happy to explain the history behind the dishes, making this much more than simply a meal.Address:
Tel: +972 2 624 4331.
1868 RestaurantPrice: Expensive
This elegant kosher restaurant gets its name from being the first stone house to be built outside of the Old City walls in 1868. Prime ingredients are cooked to perfection, and while meals don’t come cheap you pay for top quality and an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. The menu includes light meals, three course fine dining and six-course tasting extravaganzas.Address:
Tel: +972 2 622 2312.
Diners never get bored at this funky restaurant where the creative menu changes daily. It’s run by three well-known chefs who source ingredients from nearby Mahane Yehuda Market. Prices vary, and while there are some pricey daily options, there are cheaper dishes to choose from too. The décor is unpretentious and the open kitchen allows for some culinary showmanship. Booking is almost always required.Address:
Tel: +972 2 533 3442.
Adom recently relocated to the buzzing Old Train Station Plaza. The laid-back bistro’s extensive wine list includes boutique Israeli wineries, and grazers can sit at the bar and enjoy finger food. On the main menu there are stylish starters such as jewel-coloured beet carpaccio, with mains including black pasta with shrimps, calamari and mussels cooked in coconut milk, ginger, coriander and chilli.Address:
Tel: +972 2 624 6242.
Maoz FalafelPrice: Cheap
This tiny, historic falafel stand has been a city-centre favourite since it opened in 1967. Staff fill your pita bread with falafel, chopped salads, hummus and tahini sauce, which you can then supplement from a tempting array of salads and sauces spread out on the counter. They also serve a mean shwarma (think slices of slow roasted lamb).Address:
Tel: +972 2 625 7706.
A short distance from the Old City, this relative new eatery features local, seasonal ingredients sourced by chef owner Ilan Garussi. Open for dinner weekdays and from 1230 Saturdays, the intimate restaurant has a warm, friendly atmosphere. The menu features excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes, along with beautifully cooked fish and a modern take on surf ‘n turf.Address:
Tel: +972 2 650 6808.
Armenian TavernPrice: Moderate
Nestled amidst the Armenian Quarter, this is a unique dining experience with Armenian dishes served in the cellar of an ancient Crusader church. The atmospheric tiled interior includes solid wooden tables, a huge chandelier, and a fountain in the corner. Food, which is great for sharing, is served in wooden or painted ceramic bowls, and contains lots of local spices and plenty of flavour.Address:
Tel: +972 2 627 3854.
One of the most popular kosher falafel joints in Jerusalem, the queues attest to its long-standing popularity. Perfect for a quick snack, rather than a leisurely meal, the falafel is light, tasty and hot and is packed into fresh pitta with lashings of tahini paste and mixed salads. In addition to falafel, other popular Middle Eastern dishes on offer include soured cream cheese.Address:
Tel: +972 2 625 4540.
Abu ShukriPrice: Cheap
This rustic and simple hummus joint is regarded as the best in the city and has been run by generations of the Abu Shukri family. In the hustle and bustle of the Muslim Quarter souk, it can be easily identified by the constant queues of people waiting patiently for bowls of fresh, creamy hummus and fluffy warm pittas. The piping hot falafel balls are also worth trying.Address:
Tel: +972 2 627 1538.