Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen

33-34 Rathbone Place , London, W1T 1JN

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SquareMeal Review of Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen

Jerusalem is a bar with a split personality – and that’s a compliment. By day, the subterranean dive is warm and inviting, with mellow music and chunky farmhouse tables for savouring a glass of red or nibbling something from the straightforward menu: maybe a salad of grilled goats’ cheese ahead of full-flavoured jerk chicken, some pasta, a burger or fillet of salmon with spinach and mash. By night, you suddenly notice the rich red drapes and gothic candelabra, as the DJs and revellers descend and the place casts off its homely slippers in favour of party shoes. The music is cranked up and the drinks begin to flow, while an up-for-it crowd let their hair down. Staff are usually laid-back, except for occasional off-nights when the bar is overflowing.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Fred P. 12 October 2009

A bit of a hidden gem, that unless someone recommends it, you'd not likely find or try… a basement with an unprepossessing entrance that leads into a vast cavern, with a huge bar, and widely spaced and BIG tables – some of which are ideal for parties of 10 or so. Particularly good if you want to be able to actually talk to, and be HEARD by, your fellow guests – increasingly difficult in The Charlotte St area. Surprisingly good value, with a wide menu range that can meet most tastes. Not gourmet, but good, hearty food, fresh, well garnished, and nicely presented… extending traditional pub fare into more exotic ideas. Service slick and very friendly. They don't need to give special offers, cos the basic menu is such good value – many main courses around a fiver. Frequently changing blackboard specials. Two can easily eat and drink for under £50. Probably best avoided late evenings Tuesday-Saturday , unless you're into a disco scene…when it gets really busy. So let's keep it as ‘our’ little secret for lunchtime or early evening dining !!

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