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Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

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Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

I'm going to be in Talbieh for a month with my kids. I'd love recs on the yummiest spots - my daughter and I prefer fleisch, my son prefers milchig, so I'll take recs for both. A mix of nicer and more casual and take out restaurants would be great. Local recs plus recs around all the typical popular sites -- near Ben Yehuda, near Israel Museum, in shuk, , etc.

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1. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

Marvad HaKsemim on Emek Refaim is fleischig Yeminite and delicious. Cafe Rimon on the Ben Yehuda Midrahov has alot of interesting salads and diary dishes which are great. Neither places are fancy but both are very popular.

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2. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

I have never had a bad meal at Joy (fleischigs) in Emek Refaim.

I'm not a big fan of Rimonim. I think both the dairy and meat sections of their restaurant are kind of "stam." Great location, though.

Scala in the David's Citadel hotel is yummy, although it is somewhat fancy. (Fleischigs)

For dairy, I like Agas v'Tapuach, Luigi on Yoel Salomon, Tmol Shilshom (great cozy atmosphere), and Beit Ticho (pleasant garden restaurant with attached art gallery).

Edited: 12 July 2013, 06:14
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I'd second Beit Ticho and Tmol Shilshom which are dairy and add Little Italy very close to Talbieh which is now meat and kosher. Most of the restaurants on Emek Refaim serve up good options. For children you can try Burgers' Bar which has branches on Emek Refaim and in other locations.

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For meat, make sure you go to at least one "steakiyah" - a place where you get grilled meat on skewers and a huge selection of Middle Eastern salads and sides. They tend to be in less touristy areas, yummy and very good value for money. My favourite is Steakiyat Tzidkiyahu in Talpiyot, on the corner of Yad HHaruzim and HaTnufa streets. Personally I find Burgers Bar (of which there are now many branches, including one in the centre of town) overpriced - you can do better for your money at other eateries. If you want fast food, Adir falafel/meat place on Emek Refaim is fantastic. Also agree that Marvad HaKsamim is worth visiting. I think that their meat soups (kubbeh or Yemenite meat soup) are the way to go, rather than the mains which are OK but not particularly unique. If you need food for a Shabbat, they do great takeaway food which you can buy on Fridays.

In the centre of town, Ma'alot, a meat restaurant selling 'tapas' of chef-style dishes is great and relatively inexpensive for a chef restaurant. It's on Hama'alot street.

Beit Ticho and Tmol shilshom have the best atmospheric settings for dairy restaurants. I'd rate the food I have eaten at both as good but not excellent. Agas ve-Tapuach is really great. I have yet to find a dairy place for salad/pasta/Israeli breakfast place better than Kallo on Derech Beit Lehem, but if you prefer butter-based pastries, Kadosh on Shlomzion HaMalka is the place to go.

Everything I have ever eaten in the shuk has been good :)

A friend of mine has reviewed quite a few Jerusalem restaurants here: http://foodistjerusalem.wordpress.com

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5. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

Talbieh

Te'enim - http://bit.ly/16wHiA6 - vegetarian

Cafe De Paris - http://bit.ly/1b5vEmP - dairy

Mahne Yehuda Shuk

Morduch http://morduch.com/english.html - meat

Fortuna - http://bit.ly/13SIgL7 - meat

Georgian Khachapuri at "Khachapuria" (Ha'shikma 5, 02-5373630) - dairy street food

Ha'Agas 1 - http://bit.ly/12IgXxN - vegetarian

City center

Village Green - http://bit.ly/12IhuzT - vegetarian

Kadosh - http://bit.ly/134agt4 - dairy

Humus at Pinati - King George 13

Edited: 12 July 2013, 08:12
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6. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

I am bad at listing restaurants since I know where to go but forget names. ( will pay attention next week! ) Don't forget portions in restaurants are huge and there is nothing wrong with your kids sharing a dish--or two adults for that matter either. It is a very common occurrence and there is no "sharing' fee as you sometimes find in the US.

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7. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

Just remembered Focaccia Bar on Emek Refaim. Wonderful business lunches, large portions with meat options.

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8. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

Yes Focaccia is great.

A new place to try is Hamiznon at the First Station (4 David Remez). Great food and service (Kosher - dairy) and still new so they're trying very hard to please.

And one right by you in Talbiyeh - Yan Asian Sushi Bar under the Jerusalem Theater, not just sushi but lots of good soups and noodle dishes (Kosher - meat).

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9. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

Black Bar n' Burger has excellent burgers. They are a chain, but not all their branches are kosher (you need to check), but their Jeusalem branch is.

Warning: Their take-out isn't great (not sure why. Maybe delivery is too slow and it gets soggy?).

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10. Re: Yummiest (not fanciest) kosher restaurants in Jerusalem

PRSV--first station is the old train station right?