Food at the Mamilla hotel 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Situated on the top floor of the uber-trendy Mamilla Hotel, the Rooftop
restaurant has arguably the best setting in Jerusalem, with incredible views
overlooking the Old City and its surroundings. Popular for a romantic meal for
two, family celebrations and tour group dinners, the relaxed atmosphere and high
standard of food provide something for everyone.
The menu is varied
without offering too much choice. For those looking for a lighter and perhaps
less expensive meal, there are two meat sandwiches and some pasta
My companion and I tried various dishes on the menu and agreed
that our perfect meal would start with the veal sweetbreads, followed by the
entrecote as the main course. I only recently discovered the joy of eating
sweetbreads, and they are a rare treat. At the Rooftop they were served with
field mushrooms. The dish was a delicious combination of flavors and
textures (NIS 49).
The entrecote was without a doubt the best I have ever
had, and I like to think of myself as a steak connoisseur. The very large
portion was served with a simple garlic confit, and the meat was tender but
juicy without any toughness and very little fat (NIS 129).
we had the baklva and almond sakhleb, which was served with a coffee truffle.
Both dishes can be ordered in numerous authentic Israeli restaurants across the
city, but the Rooftop’s versions are the finest of them all. Not too heavy and
not too sweet, they were a perfect finish to a delicious meal. We also tried the
chocolate millefeuilles. While beautifully presented and tasty, it did
not resembled the familiar French dessert by that name.
cooler Jerusalem evening, the space heaters did their jobs without being
oppressively hot. For those who prefer a quiet drink with their friends or
partner, there is also the option to sit at the bar or at one of the high tables
and enjoy a very well-rounded drinks menu.
My main criticism of many top
restaurants in Israel is the service. This is slowly improving, but alas
at the Rooftop we found the service to be lacking, and that is a
pity. Other than that, it was a perfect evening.
The writer was a
guest of the restaurant.Rooftop, at the Mamilla Hotel Kosher 11 Hamelech
Shlomo, Jerusalem Sunday – Thursday, noon to midnight Fridays 11 a.m. – Shabbat;
Saturdays, noon – 11 p.m. (cold food only) For reservations, call (02) 548- 2230