The Grill Bar restaurant, located in Jerusalem’s city center, is a popular steakhouse whose menu includes a wide variety of meat, chicken and fish dishes at reasonable prices. The restaurant is mehadrin under the highly-respected kashrut supervision of Rabbi Machpud.
Cafe Rimon in downtown Jerusalem is a mehadrin dairy restaurant which offers a large selection of dairy, fish and Italian cuisine. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available and it is preferable to reserve a table to ensure you won’t have to wait to be seated.
One cannot help but be in a good mood when writing about the Hatch brewpub in Mahane Yehuda. I say because the microbrewed beer definitely gets one in the right mood and because Hatch’s owner, Ephraim Greenblatt, is so friendly and gregarious.
Ephraim is a young and very bright do-it-yourself entrepreneur who made aliya from New York. He learned to become a professional beer brewer by reading the 50 some odd books in his library and by lots and lots of experimentation. Even today, Ephraim says he’s constantly trying out new tweaks to his various brews, that goes for his sausage sandwiches as well. But I’ll describe all the culinary stuff more in detail below.
Nahman is a mehadrin Italian restaurant located in the Music Square in the historic Nachalat Shiva neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem. Nahman offers a wonderful culinary experience which combines excellent cuisine and exquisite ambiance.
Urban Cafe is a start-up cafe & dairy restaurant in an area adjacent to Mahane Yehuda where many restaurants, offering ethnic and unique food, are opening their doors. Urban Cafe has the same youthful atmosphere as the other places, with one great difference – it’s mehadrin!
There are not that many kosher mehadrin Italian restaurants in Jerusalem, and finding really excellent ones can be a challenge. Recently my wife and I tried out what turned out to be a wonderful Italian restaurant called Trattoria Haba, Haba for short, right next to Mahane Yehuda in downtown Jerusalem.
If you’re wondering about the restaurant’s name, the term trattoria refers to a less formal, Italian-style restaurant and Haba is the name of the family that established the restaurant (the Haba family is well-known for their bakeries in Jerusalem).
The Red Heifer Steakhouse is located across the street from the King David hotel in downtown Jerusalem. The restaurant is glatt kosher under the strict supervision of Rav Ruben.
Piccolino is the go-to place for superb Italian cuisine, enjoyable ambiance and excellent service in Jerusalem – and it’s kosher mehadrin.
Piccolino is located in downtown Jerusalem in the Nechalat Shiva neighborhood, not far from Zion Square. It wasn’t always located there though. Previously it was known as Ticho House, a venerable and delightful restaurant which was located in a charming courtyard setting belonging to the Ticho House museum on Rav Kook St., not far from its present location.
Caffit is a really wonderful kosher dairy restaurant located in downtown Jerusalem. It offers delicious food and what really makes it charming is the variety of seating options both indoors and outdoors.