This tiny Israeli eatery punches well above its weight, delivering vibrant flavours and the warmest of welcomes – the day’s menu even lists who is on duty in the kitchen and out front. Watch chefs from Jerusalem’s celebrated restaurant, Machneyuda, working their magic in the no-bookings ‘kitchen bar’ or cosy up in the intimate wood-panelled dining area. Friendly staff encourage you to experiment with the sharing menu, which blends non-kosher Levantine cooking with modern influences from Spain, Italy and North Africa. “Have the polenta!” enthused our neighbouring diners: served ‘Jerusalem style’ with asparagus, mushroom ragoût, truffle oil and parmesan shavings it’s simply unmissable. We’d also recommend aubergine ‘Sima’s way’ (a richly spiced treat) and ‘shakshukit’ – a cleverly deconstructed kebab involving layers of spicy minced meat, tahini, tapenade, preserved lemon, sumac and watercress pesto. Inventive desserts, cocktails and unusual wines are further draws.
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