An Elegant Evening at The Palace: Kosher Dining Excellence at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem in Israel
Kosher Meat Restaurant in Jerusalem, Israel ✈
During my stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem in Israel, I had the pleasure of dining at The Palace restaurant. Known for its transition from a kosher breakfast buffet in the morning to a kosher gourmet meat restaurant in the evening, The Palace offers a unique dining experience in the heart of the Old City. I invited my mother to the hotel to join me for dinner and we both had a delicious and enjoyable meal.
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“Whether it's a family gathering, or a social event, The Palace stands out as a sophisticated dining choice in the heart of Jerusalem, merging gourmet cuisine with cultural authenticity.”
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem stands as a beacon of luxury and historical elegance in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel. Renowned for its blend of architectural beauty and cultural richness, the hotel is a perfect amalgamation of Greco-Roman, Gothic, and Ottoman design elements, reflecting the diversity of Jerusalem's history. Situated conveniently near the city's most iconic and sacred sites, including the Old City and the Western Wall, it serves as an ideal base for those exploring the historical and religious landmarks of the area.
In the evening, The Palace becomes a meat-centric restaurant, showcasing a menu crafted by Executive Chef Itzik Mizrahi Barak. The chef's Jerusalem roots, and Aleppo Urfalim heritage are evident in the dishes, which feature local meats, fresh fish, root vegetables, and aromatic spices.
The staff at The Palace were both efficient and friendly. Their attentiveness added a layer of comfort and sophistication to our dining experience, making us feel welcomed and well cared for throughout the evening.
The menu began with an array of mezze, including Jerusalem bagel with olive oil, za'atar, and Syrian olives, and grilled eggplant with spicy harissa and Egyptian doha. Each dish was a celebration of Middle Eastern flavors.
The first course options ranged from sea bass sashimi with harissa, fennel, aioli, citrus, and vinaigrette to slow-cooked beef cheek with artichoke confit, chickpeas, Swiss chard, and beef broth. Also on the menu is the Cheega – a beef tartare with a refreshing blend of bulgur, lettuce, spicy tomato confit, mint, lemon, garlic, and aioli.
For the main course, choices like grilled sea bream fillet with leek confit and wine sauce, and the charcoal-grilled sea bass stood out. The meats were perfectly cooked, and the accompanying sauces and sides complemented the flavors.
The highlight of the meal was the dessert, particularly the Chocolate Ring – a decadent combination of shortcrust pastry and rich chocolate mousse.
The restaurant also plays a significant role during Shabbat, offering an elegant Friday dinner and a lavish lunch buffet on Saturdays, both of which embody the traditional and refined spirit of the Sabbath.
Whether it's a family gathering, or a social event, The Palace stands out as a sophisticated dining choice in the heart of Jerusalem, merging gourmet cuisine with cultural authenticity. Dining at The Palace was an outstanding experience. The combination of Chef Itzik Mizrahi Barak's inspired menu, the friendly and efficient staff, and the elegant setting made for an unforgettable evening. This restaurant is a sophisticated choice for anyone looking to enjoy gourmet dining in Jerusalem.
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