Heleni Bistro Bar 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Located in the heart of Jerusalem, the Heleni Bistro Bar offers a rich, varied menu populated by delicious dishes that are the result of the unlikely fusion of the Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines. And when the sun goes down, the strictly kosher Heleni pulls out a special night menu featuring a variety of alcoholic beverages and light snacks.
In a recent interview with iTravelJerusalem, Yaakov Cohen, the owner of the Heleni, talked about his restaurant.
“Heleni was built with an unprecedented investment,” Cohen said. “We are an Italian meat restaurant with a very special menu. We have meat dishes, chicken, chef’s soups, a great variety of desserts, alcoholic beverages. At night we have a special deal -- NIS 49 for a bottomless beer.”
Asked whether there were any dishes on the menu that he personally
recommended, Cohen cited the pasta bolognese with ground meat, tomato
sauce and root vegetables (NIS 44); the vitalo, a pasta dish with veal,
peppers, balsamic vinegar, chili sauce and olive oil (NIS 39); the kebab
San Marino, which is served on a bed of green leaves, parsley, pine
nuts and white rice; and the Heleni-style chicken wings, cooked in soy,
teriyaki and chili sauces and served on a bed of sauteed veggies (NIS
However, he added, what really sets Heleni
apart from other Jerusalem
is that it is a “Mizrachi-style Italian restaurant, the only
one of its kind in the city. Everything is prepared to order, on the
spot. The atmosphere is very pleasant and the cooking is done by
induction, with a laser beam. We have control of the entire cooking
process and the whole thing is done without odors, without smoke and
When it comes to seating options, variety is also the key word. The
restaurant offers outdoor and indoor tables, and a second floor that can
host events with up to 35 guests, business lunches.
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