It's easy to get in the Shavuot spirit in Jerusalem with not only
learning and Torah but cheesecake wherever you turn and many excellent
dairy cafés and restaurants.
1. Café Kadosh
Kadosh draws crowds all day long with its creative kosher dairy cuisine
and warm atmosphere. Kadosh, as it's known, offers a wide menu that
includes a selection of delicious fresh pasta dishes, fish, quiches,
lasagnes, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and desserts.
makes it so good is that everything is made in-house, from the bread to
the pasta to the pastries. The family-run business was started in 1967
by Meir Kadosh, and is now run by his son, Itzik Kadosh, and wife. The
inside décor is classic European style, and the restaurant also offers
al fresco tables on the pavement outside.
Address: 6 Shlomzion HaMalka Street
Telephone: (02) 625-4210
2. Agas ve Tapuach
you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience, then you shouldn't
miss out on Agas ve Tapuach (Pear and Apple in English; Pera e Mela in
Italian). The owner, Gionaton Ottolenghi, was an Italian opera singer
and not only hums as he oversees the kitchen, but is delighted at the
opportunity to sing to patrons.
Everything is prepared fresh in
the kitchen using recipes that belong to the owner’s grandparents. The
menu is varied and includes ravioli, pasta, pizza, polenta dishes, soups
and great desserts.
Address: 6 Safra Square
Telephone: (02) 623-0280
Kosher Mehadrin (OU)
unassuming from the outside, Topolino is both charming and vibrant. As
for the food, Topolino gets its ingredients fresh from Mahane Yehuda
market on a daily basis and prepares everything on the spot.
menu includes exotic southern Italian dishes such as pasta with fresh
sardines, chestnut gnocchi, artichoke ravioli, camembert baked with
garlic and honey, special pizzas and rich desserts. The small, intimate
space seems a lot bigger with the help of a carefully placed mirror and
provides just enough distance from the maddening traffic of Agrippas
Street to almost enjoy it.
Address: 62 Agrippas Street
Telephone: (02) 622-3466
Not Kosher Certified
4. Bistro Mimi
just outside Mahane Yehuda Market, this small restaurant is run by Mimi
(Michal) Sinai, a genuine French pastry chef trained at the impressive
Lenotre school in Paris. Mimi serves the finest of everything including
salads, sandwiches, salty crepes, quiches and mouth-watering desserts.
range of sweet crepes and Belgian waffles is fantastic, with fillings
such as butter and sugar, banana and chocolate, chestnut cream and
fruit. Or, indulge in the tarte tatin or Mont Blanc, which consists of
almond meringue with chestnut puree and whipped cream.
Address: 4 HaEshkol Street
5. Shosh Café
Cafe in Old Katamon offers a great dairy menu with generous portions in
a stylish and inviting Jerusalem stone ambiance. The restaurant
recently relocated from Hashayarot Street to Halamed Hei Street, and
opened a second Shosh Café with a courtyard on peaceful Keren Kayemet
Street in Sha’arei Chesed.
The menu includes delicious lasagnes,
breakfasts, salads (served with crusty bread) and pasta. Shosh Café
makes a fabulous place for a date, and has even featured in a date scene
on the Israeli sitcom, Srugim.
Address: Halamed Hei Street, Old Katamon
Phone: (02) 563-9999
Kosher Rabbinate (Rechavia branch: Kosher Bedatz)
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