This popular place has been serving up traditional home-style food in generous portions for great prices since 1948. Decor is absolutely no-frills, and the food makes no pretense to gourmet standards, but the wide-ranging menu comprises dishes that draw from Israel’s multiethnic melting pot. Start with warm, flaky Yemenite salouf, a flat bread, served with traditional tomato puree dip, and then go on to a Kurdish dumpling soup, East European liver blintzes, a Viennese-style chicken schnitzel, a Middle Eastern plate of grilled lamb or chicken kabobs (the chicken is better), or a Moroccan couscous, all served with side orders of veggies, potatoes, pasta, or salad. At lunch or dinnertime, there’s often a line, but turnover is fast and the wait is seldom long. Takeout is available.
Marvad Haksamim (Magic Carpet)
42 Emek Refaim St
Our Rating Neighborhood Cinamatheque Area Hours Sun–Thurs 10am–11pm, Fri 10am–3pm Transportation Bus: 4 or 18 Phone 02/567-0007 Cuisine Type Israeli Other Main courses NIS 45–NIS 90
Map42 Emek Refaim St Jerusalem
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