Jerusalem restaurant Fink's 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Upon setting foot in the newly opened Fink’s in downtown Jerusalem (across from
the Mamilla Hotel), one is immediately transported to an almost otherworldly,
romantic, minimalist elegance – defined by a visually soothing atmosphere,
courteous hospitality and prompt and polite service.
crossing the restaurant’s threshold, a maitre d’ welcomes each customer, offers
a selection of more than 60 imported beers, equally varied cocktails and
virtually any fine wine one can name.
He then guides you to a central
island bar, illuminated by a relaxing prism of muted-red light, or a cozy couch
to await being escorted by a waitress to the main dining area
The restaurant is comprised of two floors. The first floor
serves as a bar and open kitchen, manned by coowner Guy Bensimon, a native
Israeli who managed the original Fink’s on King George for five years prior to
opening his own version. His partner, Sami Lasry, is the creative visionary
behind the restaurant.
Bensimon, who enthusiastically greets all
customers from behind the kitchen’s counter as he meticulously prepares the
numerous and farreaching entrees, describes his Fink as a “progressive homage”
to the original.
Indeed, at this Fink, after the upstairs restaurant
closes at about 11 p.m., the downstairs features an unusual aperitivo bar, where
customers are served, gratis, the remaining delicacies prepared by Bensimon and
his staff of culinary experts, paying only for drinks.
The aperitivo bar
is open every night from 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m.
until the bar closes at
around 1 a.m., or after the last customer leaves.
The restaurant itself,
which is open Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to after midnight, is located
on the second floor, just beyond a relatively small wooden staircase.
dining area is intimate and romantic – suitable for a special date or an
important business discussion.
There are five tables in all, each fitted
with elegant cashmere sofas and separated by enough space to afford a complete
feeling of privacy.
Upon being seated, a charming waitress, fluent in
Hebrew and English, ensured our comfort and effortlessly recited the specials
for the evening.
Fink’s kosher menu offers three types of dinners,
including an eightdish, alternating menu that changes daily; a five-dish,
meat-based meal; and a five-dish, fish-based meal.
Setting the stage for
an exotic and fun evening, our waitress, with a mischievous grin, offered my
date and me a special cocktail that she promised would delight all the senses.
Minutes later, she returned to our table carrying a tray carefully coated with
liquid nitrogen with two rich cocktails, leaving the aura of a surreal Cirque du
Allowing just the right amount of time to savor our
drinks, she then reappeared with the first course of an eight-dish alternating
menu, including a delicious new-style sashimi, fragrant dill and absinthe soup
and savory pink trout with lemon air.
For the second course, we were
presented with tender servings of filet mignon on a truffle whip, accompanied by
a melon and mint sorbet.
After allowing for just the right amount of time
to cleanse our palates with the refreshing sorbet, we were presented with a
veritable symphony of desserts, which included a delectable crème brulee of
chocolate, cold chocolate and Laphroaig soup with a Drambuie foam and golden
Following a perfect nightcap of fine brandy, our
waitress escorted us downstairs and bade us adieu, leaving us both feeling
gratified by the expertly orchestrated evening before stepping back into the
If you are fortunate enough to get reservations at Fink’s,
give yourself enough time to truly savor the experience. You won’t forget it
The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
22 King Solomon St., Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 652-8088; 050-869-8208