Although it has been open for over a year, Les Jumelles in Beit Nekofa has only been gaining notoriety in the last few months since they have made a push for more people to hear about them. The small French-style café is located just inside the entrance to Moshav Nekofa, a few minutes from the highway turnoff to Abu Ghosh.
We knew they did not take bookings on a Friday but having arrived at 12noon, we only waited about 5 minutes before a table became available and this gave us the opportunity to admire the wonderful selection of baked goods they had available to take home including both dairy and parev cakes and biscuits.
We were sat in the outside conservatory that overlooks the street (they do not have real outside space). Unfortunately, this area does not have air-conditioning and another diner had insisted on closing one of the large windows, so it was very stuffy with little fresh air – I would not want to sit there in the height of summer. There was also a group of 20 in this section and although they were not too noisy, they were mostly kids and made some speeches which was not ideal. We should have insisted on waiting for a table in the main café room which was significantly quieter and cooler! It was much more pleasant once the window was eventually opened, but the inside section is still nicer.
The main menu is varied and there are also daily specials. We all chose from the breakfast menu, which included various options of eggs Benedict and shakshuka. I made the mistake of getting the simple house breakfast (NIS 58) which was a very average Israeli breakfast and lacked any interesting dips or bread – quite surprising for a French-style cafe and the eggs themselves were overcooked. Others were happy with their orders of the Eggs Benedict with Spinach (NIS 58) with a hollandaise sauce and a special Eggs Benedict with mushrooms, parmesan and truffles. Both said they were delicious but the eggs were also slightly overcooked and not runny as poached eggs should be.
For me, the pastries were the redeeming factor! We tried the Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Cake which was rich and indulgent but not overly sweet. The Cheesecake was perfectly creamy and also not too sweet and the accompanying tart berry sauce was a wonderful pairing. Finally, we enjoyed the pistachio cake which was rich although not overpowering but I personally thought it didn’t need the cream topping. The ice coffee was also a perfect complement to the cakes.
They do not have a menu in English which will hopefully change if they want to attract English-speaking clientele but here is the link to the Hebrew menu.
I am personally a big fan of going for Friday brunch outside the city so I will be sure to go back but next time I will stick to the more interesting French dishes or maybe just the cakes!
Les Jumelles Cafe, +972 (0)2 930 9991, Kosher Mehadrin