(photo credit: Courtesy)
Situated a few steps up from the bustling Mamilla promenade is a tranquil,
elegant and quiet cafe-restaurant that, to my taste, serves one of the finest
breakfasts in town.
The Mamilla Cafe, which is actually part of the
prestigious Mamilla Hotel, offers many innovative dishes for lunch or dinner,
but it was the simple breakfast we were after.
On the menu, the fare
looks very much like any other breakfast served in most cafes throughout the
country – two eggs, an array of cheeses, breads and juice, but the similarity
was only on paper.
We were first impressed by the clean and serene
surroundings and the beautiful interiors (done by the hotel’s architect Pierro
Lissoni) divided into three dining areas – the open terrace; a central seating
area with long tables and arched windows; and a more intimate side room with
different designer chairs around a round table. On each table there’s a small
pot with fresh herbs, olive oil and a bottle of wine, set beside cutlery and
cloth napkins. Lovely.
Once the food arrived, it was a perfect selection
of freshly baked breads, wonderful cheeses and fantastic eggplant salad (we
asked for more). The eggs were prepared exactly the way we asked, and the juice
was freshly squeezed. Everything was just the way one would want it to be when
envisioning a long, leisurely breakfast to kick off the weekend.
downside at the cafe was the coffee, which was not up to standard. But then you
can’t have it all, can you? The Mamilla Cafe offers a great selection of dairy
lunch and dinner dishes such as pizza, soups, creative salads and fish cakes,
fish and pasta dishes, toasts and much more. There are also wonderful
desserts.and a few kids’ specials.
Breakfast is served all day (NIS
Mamilla Cafe. Kosher, dairy. Hamelech Shlomo 11,
Jerusalem. Open Sun- Thur. noon- 11 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m. - 4:30 P.m.
Sat. after Shabbat until midnight. (02) 548-2230