Owner Ilan Sibony, who came to Israel from Morocco in his youth, spared no effort or expense to create this charming, intimate Moroccan restaurant that offers food prepared according to standards of kashrut. The spiced barley and lamb soup served with dates or the mezes of interesting Moroccan salads (different from the local Palestinian and Israeli mezes) are wonderful ways to start a feast here. You also can’t go wrong with the pastilla, a sweet phyllo pie of Cornish hen mixed with spices and delicate layers of egg white, almonds, and cinnamon. The choice of main courses is equally difficult, as all are scrumptious, from the traditional clay-pot cooked tagines (casseroles) of lamb, baked with dried fruits and vegetables, to chicken baked in olive and lemon sauce, to various couscous dishes. Unusual specialties include a rich but light tagine of brains with lemon, saffron, and egg. Service? It’s downright graceful. For two people, soups, the meze, pastilla, and one main course should be adequate. This is one of the best dining experiences in Israel, so reservations are recommended.
3 Hyrcanos (Horkanos) St
Our Rating Neighborhood Zion Square Area Hours Sun–Thurs 12:30–3:30pm and 6:30pm–12:30am, Sat after Shabbat–midnight Transportation Main courses NIS 100–NIS 170; business lunch NIS 80 Phone 02/624-5406 Cuisine Type Moroccan Other (near Helene HaMalka St.). Glatt kosher. Light Rail to stop closest to Zion Sq
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