City Bites: The culinary heart of J'lem

A breathtaking view, an impressive wine selection and a standout menu that serves a sophisticated, contemporary mix of flavors, Scala is not just a restaurant, it's an experience.

Scala 311 (photo credit: ITRAVELJERUSALEM TEAM  )
Scala 311
It should come as no surprise that one of the most exclusive of Jerusalem hotels, the David Citadel, also hosts Scala, one of the most prestigious Jerusalem restaurants, which serves up a sophisticated, contemporary mix of flavors. Paris-trained chef de cuisine Oren Yerushalmi, who also has several years of work in top New York restaurants under his belt, brings formidable expertise to bear on the menu, infusing the mostly continental cuisine with distinctive Israeli and Middle Eastern flavors.
Standout appetizers at Scala include the veal sweetbreads and pickled lemon with baladi eggplant, hyssop and garlic, white tahini, summer tomatoes salsa, chickpeas and olive oil (NIS 82); the goose liver with potato puree, cubes of green apple and thyme with veal stock and dates (NIS 92); and the sirloin carpaccio with grilled tomatoes and roasted pepper salsa, mustard croutons, basil oil and tomatoes seeds (NIS 72).
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For the gist of the meal, try the beef fillet medallions with lentil ragout, root vegetables and smoked eggplant in rich beef stock (NIS 175), or the Homemade merguez sausages with spicy chopped date tomatoes, white bean puree and sauteed onion (NIS 122) -- a true Tunisian delicacy. You can always opt for the 300-gr. entrecote steak (NIS 152), a staple of the Israeli kitchen, which  Scala serves with potato puree, green bean, shallot onions and beef stock.
Scala’s wine cellar has impressive selection of some of the best Israeli wines of recent years. Our own favorite is The Cave vintage 2005 (NIS 250), a heady, full-bodied Cabernet-Merlot blend, but we can’t claim to have sampled some of the more pricey items on the list. 
Out-of-towners can always combine a meal at Scala with a stay at the David Citadel Hotel, which boasts a breathtaking view of the Old City walls and the Tower of David. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the David Citadel features the same blend of Jerusalem architectural elements and neo-oriental style as the adjacent Mamilla Hotel and pedestrian mall.
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