Valero – a fun Jerusalem kosher dining experience

Valero – a fun Jerusalem kosher dining experience

The Jerusalem shuk area may offer predominantly street-food restaurants, but there are a few more formal restaurants which offer fine/fun dining, including Valero. The restaurant on the corner of Agripas and Beit Yaakov opened a few years ago and the owners invited me to try a new menu. I have been to Valero a few [...]

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Mapu By Chef Nir Zook – Kosher Food With a Middle Eastern Flare

Mapu By Chef Nir Zook – Kosher Food With a Middle Eastern Flare

At first glance, Mapu is just like any other restaurant in a hotel lobby but once you scratch the surface, you revel so much more. Mapu is Chef Nir Zook’s only kosher restaurant, which opened two years ago when the Prima City Hotel was refurbished.  The menu at Mapu offers a mixture of tempting dishes with [...]

Reubens, London – so much more than just a sandwich

Reubens, London – so much more than just a sandwich

Update:  Reubens reopened in August 2019 under new ownership. The review below is based on the previous owners who ran the restaurant for 37 years until May 2019 when one of the owners died and the rest of the family closed the restarant. For most Americans, the name Reuben is synonymous with an American grilled [...]

02 Upbeat Jerusalem Cuisine at the Inbal Hotel

02 Upbeat Jerusalem Cuisine at the Inbal Hotel

I hope you will indulge me with a short trip down memory lane before we get to the good stuff about the food! Even though I only moved to Israel in 2008, I was very fortunate to spend numerous family vacations here and the majority of those were in Jerusalem, staying at the Inbal Hotel (formerly the Laromme). [...]

Wondrous Treats at Waffle Factory

Wondrous Treats at Waffle Factory

Who better to help me review Waffle Factory in Cinema City than my niece and nephew, who are both pretty adventurous eaters and discerning customers? Before we could even look at the rest of the menu, their big eyes were immediately drawn to the “Create Your Own Milkshake” (NIS 38) section of the menu. He went [...]

OpenRestaurants 2018 – Dissect and Debrief

OpenRestaurants 2018 – Dissect and Debrief

The annual OpenRestaurants festival is over for another year and here are some of my personal highlights from the events I attended. Israel Aquarium | An Ocean of Flavor The festival launched with an event at the Israel Aquarium featuring dessert creations by Kadosh and students from Dan Gourmet cooking school. The food stands were [...]

Creative Food in a Classic Surrounding

Creative Food in a Classic Surrounding

The minute you walk through the doorway of The Jerusalem Artists House and enter the Mona restaurant, the beauty of the historical building sets the tone for the experience to come. Some restaurants rely too heavily on a beautiful setting and do not deliver the full dining experience with the food and service. Luckily for [...]