Indulging at the Inbal

Having a sumptuous Shabbat lunch at a fine hotel is an exquisitely extravagant way to spend a summer afternoon

July 29, 2011 16:20
3 minute read.
Shabbat lunch at Inbal Hotel.

Inbal Hotel. (photo credit: courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

On these hot summer days, when it’s a pleasure to dine in an air-conditioned space rather than slaving over a hot stove or blech, having Shabbat lunch at a posh hotel is a very cool idea.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, a friend and I enjoyed a sumptuous buffet lunch at the five-star Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. With a fabulous array of beautifully displayed strictly kosher food to choose from, we made our way through a delectable meal.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Lunch is served in the hotel restaurant on the main floor, called the Carmel. Each table was set with a white tablecloth, white linen napkins and a small vase with two fresh roses and a sprig of baby’s breath.

For starters, we picked and chose from among the wide range of salads and appetizers. There was a slew of slaws, mixed salads and fresh-cut vegetables, as well as platters of cold cuts. For fish lovers, there was a whole assortment of smoked salmon, herring and other types of marine marinades. To my delight, there was a large platter of chopped liver, which was just what I was in the mood for.

For the main course, the selection was wide and varied. Alluring chafing dishes offered such choices as braised beef, goulash, roast chicken, Moroccan fish and, of course, cholent.

There was also a section where a chef stood ready to slice pieces of chicken, beef and perhaps duck.

For side dishes, one could sample the rice, couscous, roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables, as well as several others that I’m sure I have neglected to mention.

There were also dishes designed for children, namely spaghetti, hot dogs and hamburgers.

One of the nice things about a Shabbat buffet lunch is that you can sit and take your time. No one is rushing you out, and people are not waiting in line to take your table, so you can take all the time in the world to sit and savor. Well, lunch is served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., so you don’t really have all the time in the world, but because the atmosphere is so relaxing, it feels like it.

This allows you to take a breather before you head over to the dessert counters. And at the Inbal, you don’t want to miss the desserts because the hotel’s head chef, Moti Buchbut, is a master pastry artist. And that’s the real beauty of a buffet for someone with a sweet tooth: an entire array of dessert delights is laid out before you, and you can take as much or as little as you want. Talk about a kid in a candy store! The desserts included lemon meringue tarts, rich chocolate brownies, creamy chocolate eclairs, flaky mille feuilles (or Napoleons) and a host of other cakes and pastries.

There was also a large bowl of vanilla sorbet studded with chocolate chips.

And, of course, platters of fresh fruit slices and bowls of fresh fruit salad.

Coffee and tea were served at our table as we enjoyed the perfect end to an altogether perfect meal.

Shabbat lunch at the Inbal costs NIS 299 per person, with a 50% discount for children between three and 13. It may seem rather pricy for an afternoon lunch, but if you consider the shopping and the shlepping, the cooking and the cleaning up you would have to do on your own, such a singular lunch might be well worth the splurge.

To reserve for Shabbat lunch, patrons can give their credit card number over the phone, and the cost of the meal is deducted after Shabbat.

The writer was a guest of the restaurant.

Inbal Hotel Kosher 3 Jabotinksy, Jerusalem Tel: (02) 675-6666

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys