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It was a cold and blustery Jerusalem morning as I made my way to the Inbal to
meet a friend for breakfast. But once inside, the warm ambience and elegant
décor of the hotel set the tone for what I knew would be a delightful prandial
Served from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
in the dining room at
the back of the lobby, breakfast at the Inbal (NIS 110) is a cozy, intimate
While the breakfast buffet does not span the entire dining area
the way it does in some of the other major hotels, the designated section is so
well set up with its sumptuous selection, that it lacks nothing in diversity or
What I love about buffets is that you can see what is on offer,
choose as little or as much of it as you want, try new things or stick to your
familiar favorites. So, needless to say, I was in my element.
starters, there is a dispenser of freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit
juice – a welcome change from that sweetened, watered-down liquid that parades
as citrus juice in this country.
There is also a wide range of fresh
fruit and fruit salad, as well as an assortment of dried fruit.
who like vegetables and fish in the morning, there is a colorful array of fresh
salads and raw vegetables, and a good selection of tuna, herring, whitefish and
smoked salmon – not the thinly sliced variety that comes in a package but little
slabs of freshly cut lox. There is also a platter of mini-burekas filled with
mashed tuna and sliced egg – something I hadn’t seen before.
like me who prefer a warmer start, there is an impressive line-up of chafing
dishes filled with breakfast fare to satisfy any palate: oatmeal, scrambled
eggs, boiled eggs, shakshouka, roasted potatoes, broccoli soufflé, burekas,
pancakes and waffles. And if that were not enough, there is a cook on hand to
fry up any kind of omelet or sunnyside egg dish you desire.
As for the
bread selection, there is a counter dedicated to fresh wholesome breads, rolls,
bagels – a toaster – and a wide variety of crackers. There are also several tall
dispensers of cold cereal.
Cheeses galore occupy the opposite counter,
ranging from platters of sliced cheese and hard and soft cheeses you can cut for
yourself, to bowls of cottage and cream cheeses, including low-fat
And then, of course, there is dessert. What can I say? A
tempting assortment of baked goods seals the deal. Danish pastry, chocolate and
chocolate chip muffins, slices of cake, cinnamon rolls, cheese soufflé, round
chocolate puffs drenched in hot fudge sauce – you name it, you’ve got it. Not to
mention a choice of packaged puddings and yogurt. And coffee is served to you at
your table by the friendly and accommodating staff.
Although it was too
cold to sit outside, in the spring the spacious adjoining patio is open so
patrons can enjoy their meal in the sunshine.
Be it basking in the sun or
soaking up the warm atmosphere of the hotel dining room, breakfast at the Inbal
truly is a delightful way to start the day.
The Inbal also has a lavish
dairy buffet brunch (NIS 80) every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the
Sofia restaurant, next to the dining room. I haven’t tried it yet, but I can
assure you it’s on my list.The writer was a guest of the
restaurant.Inbal Hotel Kosher 3 Jabotinsky, Jerusalem Tel: (02) 675-6666