Big Apple Pizza has six branches in Jerusalem all of which serve mehadrin pizza under the supervision of the Jerusalem Rabbinate. The Big Apple Pizza branch on Luntz St. is centrally located in downtown Jerusalem, right off the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall.
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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.
Urbun is a start-up cafe in an area adjacent to Mahane Yehuda where many restaurants, offering ethnic and unique food, are opening their doors. Urbun has the same youthful atmosphere as the other places, with one great difference – it’s kosher mehadrin!
Cafe Avichail is an kosher mehadrin Italian restaurant and coffee shop located in a beautiful section of Malcha in Jerusalem.
The restaurant was established in 2007 by Galia Daniel-Avichail and her husband Shlomi. Galia’s father, grandfather and great-father all were in the bakery business going back to Poland. The family bakery in Zichron Moshe, Jerusalem established by Galia’s grandfather in 1932 became somewhat of a legend.
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).
Sheyan is an Asian restaurant located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Rechavia. It serves mainly Chinese cuisine, but it also offers sushi and a few other Japanese dishes. It is under the mehadrin supervision of Agudat Yisrael.
Sosumi is a mehadrin sushi restaurant in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood of Jerusalem. The restaurant is under the supervision of Rabbi Rubin.
Sosumi’s menu is extensive. They serve inviting appetizers including fish & chips, Salapeno peppers stuffed with salmon and sushi salad and many others as well.
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.