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A Trip an Irish Pub in the Heart of Jerusalem

1483049_660846857310405_1822876640_nI usually spend every Sunday night in the center of town in Jerusalem, and finally tried out O’Connell. They serve over 40 types of Irish whisky there so it was pretty impressive when it came to the drink menu. But the reason I was there with friends was to try out the food. Everyone I had asked had told me that the food is legit, heck I even recommended about it in my post to theculturetrip.com. And well everyone the trip was worth it.

20150308_221113The food was legit. Pricey, but legit. We ordered a couple of different dishes to the table and they were all spot on. I personally ordered a hamburger medium, a fishn’chips, a chicken salad and a steak sandwich. The service took a while and a bit slow during the service itself but the food really made up for it.

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The hamburger was cooked to a perfect temp and full of flavor. the char was perfect and the bun was toasted as well. But i still hate that when I order a burger they give you the vegetables on the side and I need to compile my burger. That wasn’t the case here though. A solid burger full flavor and fries to go with it. The fishn’chips, the fish was flaky and the coating was crunchy just like it should be. A bit pricey but worth the investment. The chicken salad was seasoned right, and the salad had a nice vinnagrette to compliment the salad. The steak sandwich was a bit disappointing though.  It needed like a sauce to give it another element but it was lacking, otherwise it could be a great sandwich.

20150308_220919All in all, a great way to spend the night out with a group of friends with some great food, on a street that is overloaded with restaurants as well.

 

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Is Bardak the best pizza in Jerusalem?

20150105_145902Pizza, simple, right? You take some dough, tomato sauce, cheese, some toppings and bake it in an oven, or grill until it turns brown on the bottom, right?
WRONG! Pizza today is a much more elaborate dish than just putting sauce, cheese and some canned toppings on the dough. The dough needs the right flour that has high gluten content and can stretch without tearing. The sauce can be a red sauce or a white sauce, the tomatoes used in the sauce and most importantly the sauce to dough ratio. This will tell if the pizza will get crisp and firm or become soggy and fall apart. The cheese, it needs to be mozzarella cheese in any type of form (fresh or grated) for the base of any good pizza. Why mozzarella? It is a very neutral cheese flavor wise; 20150105_145850it lets you taste the sauce without overpowering everything else. And last but not least, the toppings. The toppings combination is what separates a good pizza from a great pizza. Having the right combination, like the classic fresh tomatoes, basil and olives with parmesan cheese.
How is this related to Bardak Bar & Pizza? They are rated #1 on trip advisor as Jerusalem’s best restaurant. That is some feat beating 485 other restaurants in the process. But is that true? So I went to find out myself.
First walking in to the place, it has a good vibe to it. It’s a place where you can hang out with friends drink a beer and get a slice of pizza. The menu has many different options of pizza pies while the prices are very decent for a high-end 20150105_145855pizza pie. An occurrence that was on the menu was hard-boiled eggs? The waitress said that the clientele really like it. The variety of beers is amazing there (40 beers on tap). I don’t get it but if the customers keep on coming for it, keep it on the menu. So me and my friends ordered a pie (69-75 shekels) and went half and half with the toppings, half a Nachlaot pie(eggplant and fresh mozzarella) and half Cheese Bar pie (4 types of cheese). It took a bit long to get the pie and the results were mixed. The crust on the pie was not crunchy, it was chewy the sauce ratio was 20150105_151530excellent but there wasn’t much cheese to go on top. The eggplant topping was nice but the cheese topping was disappointing. I couldn’t taste any of the other cheeses, and to make it worse, I had to add more parmesan cheese to the cheese slice to get more flavor. The variety of pies though is very large and I can understand why people love the place. Me personally though, I don’t think this is the best pizza I have ever had or the best pizza in Jerusalem but I feel that I will go back and try it again and maybe they can change my mind!

Mizi is a name of a cat, but here it’s all about the beef!

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I was doing research in the Machane Yehuda shuk for my next article for theculturetrip.com, and it was really hard not to get hungry quickly while walking down the alleyways of fresh food goodness. From the beautiful fresh vegetables to the fresh fish and beef, my mouth was watering from the second I got off the bus.

20141231_135114I was able to hold off for an hour before I felt that I needed to get some of the goodness surrounding me into my stomach. So, where do I go and sit down to eat? Too many different options! In the end I remembered that a friend of mine had mentioned a cool joint that sell great sandwiches called Mizi. I have heard also from different sources that the place was off the hook so I went in and talked to Itamar, the guy behind the counter. I asked him what was so special about i, and he answered that everything is purchased locally and all the meat is cooked fresh and from scratch, starting from the ground beef for the burgers to the roast-beef made of Rib eye and sirloin steak.

20141231_13502320141231_135951After schmoozing with Itamar for a little longer, my mouth turned to a waterfall, with all the cooking going behind the counter. I told Itamar to make me a burger and to top it off with some roast beef. I got to tell you, the burger was just spot on. A perfect medium rare cooked on a flat-top?! Perfection! Getting that crust on the outside and medium rare on the inside? That’s how all burgers in Israel should be made and not on the grill, especially if you are using fresh ground beef. It was one of the best burgers I have had, and I have eaten my share of burgers! To top it all off the roast beef was perfect as a topping, and also cooked medium rare. It was a great burger.
Anyone going to the shuk and needs his carnivoricale fix, Mizi is a must for you.

 

A night at the cinema with Moses

12-6-mosesFor all the kosher foodies living in the Jerusalem area, we have the pleasure to have a complex that is full with different styles of cuisine, prices and of course like mentioned before, it’s all kosher. Whether it’s a sushi roll, a cup of coffee, or a meat meal, all of the above are available in the cinema city complex in Jerusalem.  the sole reason for this is because it has been built on government property, and the Israeli government doesn’t work on Saturday.

Now why do I mention all of this you ask? For one reason only; The burger chain Moses has come to the holy city and it is kosher. At this stage there are 2 kosher branches(there is one in Petach Tikvah) and they are in the stages of opening 5 more kosher locations. While asking the manager why did they go kosher, he said that the owners wanted to give a chance to all burger lovers in Israel to enjoy a top-notch burger(and of course the location). I have been looking forward for many years now to try a hamburger from Moses. So took my wife and good friends and drove to cinema city.

art2_13072010_105238442_3The restaurant in designed to have a good flow, meaning there is room for the waiters to move through the tables without knocking in to each other. Which also means that there is a lot of space in between tables so you don’t need to hear your neighbors conversation. The decor is modern and black, which also seems to be a repeated motif in many burger joints. and the service was impeccable(I’ll explain a little later). On the other hand it’s a bit pricey for a burger joint, so I would call it a high-end burger joint(62 shekel for a burger with no sides).

I went there with no expectations, which I think is the way to go otherwise you can get disappointed so, I came with all the good things that I heard about the place in mind.  While looking at the menu, the waiter explained that for 100 shekel a year you can become a member of the Moses club and you get 10% of the amount you spent back on the next time you visit. This is good for those who really need to get their Moses on!

20141225_204344The cuisine in Moses is very simple: Burgers, salads, appetizers, steaks  and dessert. For the appetizers we ordered the spring chicken nuggets in a spicy blood orange sauce, spring chicken skewers grilled and glazed in maple syrup and the yellow curry wings. The spring chicken nuggets were surprisingly good. Just the right amount of heat in the sauce which didn’t taste like sweet chili sauce, the chicken was crunchy and came with a small salad to take down the heat. The skewers were grilled to perfection with a right amount of glaze not to make it too sweet, and the chicken wing were deep-fried deliciousness. During the entire time the waiters kept on giving us wet wipes which I thought was very nice, because no wants sticky hands while eating and we didn’t have to get up every time to wash our hands.

20141225_204337For the main course, we ordered; The Artburger with potato wedges, the spring chicken with potato wedges and the Mexican chicken salad(although, my wife ordered the salad with no chicken ). What we didn’t know about the Artburger was that it only comes with lettuce on top, and nothing else!? So when I asked for vegetables the brought it to me on the side, which I get, because the burger is the star and they don’t want to ruin it by adding any toppings. And the burger was a GOOD burger. Cut from 3 cuts of meat(lamb, veal, beef) they cooked it to a perfect medium rare and it was delicious. The chicken was nice but the potato wedges were divine. Coated with seasoned salt, now that’s the way to go. The Mexican chicken salad with no chicken, came with chicken on top and we asked them to take it back, and they gave it to us on the house! The salad was on the spicy side bu the dressing was nice and soothing. For dessert we ordered the chocolate truffle cake with vanilla ice cream, which was a nice way to finish the meal.

We had a great time there, the food, ambiance and service were all spot on, so next time you go and see a movie, get your Moses on and have a great time!

 

All you can eat Chummus in Jerusalem

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Yesterday walking around Jerusalem, a friend of mine and myself, we’re debating where to grab a bite to eat. Being photoIsraeli and such my friend recommended eating chummus. Now what does that imply? You get a bowl off chummus and some pitas and eat the chummus like a bowl of cereal. So what do you do when you’re hungry? You go to an all you can eat chummus place called Abu Yoyo(www.rest.co.il/RecordPage.aspx?RestID=15816) off Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.
1613968_662010807192764_1969883251_nThey have a couple of options for toppings on the chummus but everyone at the table needs to eat to enjoy the all you can eat chummus. It cots minimum 22 shekel per person without extras(those cost extra, but if you want more you can get it with a classic topping) So I got for round 1 a ground meat topping(31 Shekel) and my friends got a classic chummus topping with whole cooked chickpeas and another got his with Ful, which are broad beans cooked with classic Egyptian spices. The chummus is made fresh to order which makes this place really great. They serve the chummus with fresh and hot pitas, schug(a hot pepper condiment) pickles and olives, and fresh cut tomatoes and onion quarters.
So, how was it? It was ok. For a place that is dishing out the amount chummus that
they are the food is good. The ground meat on my chummus was done ok, just a bit under seasoned. Same for everyone else’s bowls. But for the price you’re paying for all you can eat chummus isn’t bad. I got the classic chummus for round 2, and the same story just a bit underseasoned but it’s nothing a bit of salt can’t fix. They also do bottomless beer with chummus for 59 shekel which will make you night even better!
All in all it’s a good time out to enjoy with friends with good food.