Breakfast is my favorite essential meal of the day, with second breakfast and
brunch winning the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Is second breakfast
another name for brunch? No matter. Breakfast/brunch options are
available all day at Morgens (Mornings), a new restaurant in Jerusalem on Rahel
Imenu, close to the intersection of Emek Refaim.
To best serve the
community, the restaurant opens bright and early at 7:30 a.m., which is perfect
for those who need to be elsewhere by 9:00. And there is free Wi-Fi.
the vacationing tourist, business traveler or those who work jobs in other time
zones, in addition to the locals who run on Jerusalem Standard Time, this eatery
boasts some international examples of the great start of your day, whenever that
My dining partner and I traveled to Greece with the Greek green
shakshuka (NIS 44), to Mexico with the breakfast burrito (NIS 39) and up the
coast to California with the trusty granola and fruit salad yogurt combo (NIS
37). In addition, we sampled the stuffed mushrooms appetizer (NIS 23), the
salmon sandwich (NIS 44) and the garlicky tabouleh with fish kebabs (NIS 46).
Everything tasted fresh and delicious.
Another great feature is the menu
itself is that at Morgens, the breakfast-anytime options are listed on one page,
and the beverages are on the back. I appreciate the simple and easy.
young chef behind the menu is Shlomo Weinglass, a Michlelet Hadassah graduate
who has worked in several Jerusalem kosher kitchens. Personally I love fish, but
I hate preparing it. Chef Weinglass has done the work for me, and at the right
price. At Morgens, choose from the crispy- coated red mullet fish and chips (NIS
55), the tasty tilapia quiche (NIS 49) or my new favorite Niçoise salad made
with seared tuna (NIS 49).
For the Israeli breakfast (NIS 49/90), you can
choose the accompanying spreads instead of getting items you don’t like – no
tuna salad for me and no olive tapenade for my dining partner. This is a
fabulous idea because at most other establishments, I either don’t know which
variety of white cheese is put in front of me or what the ingredients are of the
other items unless I taste test them first.
Take your pick of three of
the following spreads: the highly recommended pickled lemon spread (which we
tried with the fish and chips), tahini, homemade jam (we had the delish forest
berries), Bulgarian cheese, pesto, sun-dried tomato spread, cream cheese,
labane, goat’s cheese and halva.
If you want a protein pick-me- up, go
for the black lentil-based vegan Elizabeth salad (NIS 46) topped with crispy
beet chips. If you like it cheesy, have the four- cheese pizza (NIS
Desserts are abundant, and the coffee is perfectly
At Morgens, you can make food substitutions, as dishes are made
to order; or leave items out to make certain meals vegan-friendly if you desire.
Morning, noon and night, there is something for every diner in your
The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
Rahel Imeinu, Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 582-1330
Sunday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Until 2 p.m. on Fridays. Closed on Shabbat.