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Mifgash Ha’esh – Mehadrin Meat Restaurant (Jerusalem)

If you’re looking for a mehadrin meat restaurant in Jerusalem with a large selection of dishes, excellent food and reasonable prices, then Mifgash Ha’esh is a great choice.

Stuffed tortilla - Mifgash Haesh

Tortilla stuffed with chinese stir-fry or ground beef

The restaurant went through a major transformation few years ago. It used to be a typical mizrachi diner which was quite well known among traditional and sephardic circles and was a popular spot for high profile visitors such as former prime minister Menachem Begin, former defense minister Shaul Mofaz and former prime minister Ehud Barak to name a few. A few years ago, Mifgash Ha’esh was sold and the new owner continued the tradition of excellent dishes that the restaurant was known for but brought in the top notch mehadrin hechsher of Rabbi Landau from Bnei Brak (I inspected the kashrut certificate myself).

Mifgash Ha’esh is known for its meat dishes like its entrecote steaks, kebab skewers and chicken steaks but they have many other main courses and starters which are truly worthwhile. One of the starters which is really worthwhile is a tortilla stuffed with chinese stir-fry chicken or with ground beef. It comes with a chile sauce (not spicy) which you can dip your tortilla in. If you don’t like the sauce, the tortillas are really delicious on their own (33 NIS).

Another more traditional starter is the rich chopped liver with crisp toast (39 NIS) .

I was impressed not just by the culinary aspects of these starters, but also the aesthetic way they were served. The chopped liver is topped with a decorative dab of sauted onions, is served with crispy toast triangles, a small bed of lettuce, fresh tomato and a hard boiled egg sliced in a decorative shape almost like a sliced orange (see below).

Rich chopped liver, delivered decoratively with flower-shaped hard boiled egg

Rich chopped liver, delivered decoratively with flower-shaped hard boiled egg

When you order a meat or fish main course, you are served six mini-salads with laffa bread to whet your appetite before the main course arrives. Alternatively, for a starter you can order several different variations of hummus (with mushrooms, a dappling of meat or with spicy sauce). I had the simple version with olive oil and it was amazingly good, probably one of the best I’ve tasted, even better than most of the restaurants that specialize in hummus.

salads

Six homemade salads of your choice

I ordered the gourmet seasoned chicken steaks (85 NIS). They were very tender and well seasoned and came with two side dishes of your choice – in short – plenty of food.

Chicken steaks with side dishes of fries and salad

Chicken steaks with side dishes of fries and salad

The service was quite good despite the fact that the restaurant was packed and the sanitation was excellent.

Mifgash Ha’esh also offers eastern European take away food for Shabbat on Thursday night and Friday and will take orders for kosher for Pesach food for pick up the day before the holiday.  


Restaurant Details:
Telephone: 02-538-8888
Address: 23 Yirmiyahu St., Jerusalem
Hours: Sun-Wed 11:00-23:00 | Thurs 12:00-midnight | Fri 8:00-14:00
Kashrut: Kosher (mehadrin) – Rabbi Landau, Bnei Brak
It’s always recommended to verify that a restaurant’s kashrut certificate hasn’t been changed
Website: none

Restaurant Rating:
Food: 4+
Service: 4
Cleanliness: 4+
Ambiance: 4

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Mifgash Ha-esh entrance

The entrance to Mifgash Ha-esh on Yirmiyahu St.

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2 Comments

  1. Moshe Maeir

    Traditionally, lafa is a Tel Aviv word. Jerusalemites call it eshtanur

  2. Tzvi Barish

    Thanks for the enlightening comment!

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