Jerusalem is the theme of this restaurant and its mixed Arab-Jewish staff serve dishes that reflect the two cultures. Award-winning chef Moshe Basson ... More
Jerusalem is the theme of this restaurant and its mixed Arab-Jewish staff serve dishes that reflect the two cultures. Award-winning chef Moshe Basson picks herbs and mushrooms from the hills surrounding Jerusalem and has a basket of herbs on display to show customers the plants mentioned in the Bible. He also runs seminars in English and Hebrew about cooking with local herbs. The menu draws on food mentioned in the Bible, such as figs (one of the seven species), and food linked to Jerusalem's history such as khubeiza, a wild wheat eaten during the siege of 1948. Different set meals are available priced from NIS 117-172 per person.
beautiful settings, fascinating menus, based on the food eaten in Jerusalem at the time of the bible. The chef is a man of passion and taste, excellent food, good wines, more than resonable prices. A must and do listen to the Chef's explanations
We enjoyed everything. The food, of course, was the highlight but the personal touch of the chef's table side visit was a fine "seasoning". Every visitor to Jerusalem should make sure to include at least one visit to the Eucalyptus!
I can only add to what others have already said. Our group of seven ordered the 11 course tasting menu not knowing what to expect. When the first course came, one of our group asked if that was for one person, or seven - there was literally a taste for each person. However there was method to the madness - the chef came by to explain, 1. Don't fill up on bread (delicious, by the way) and 2.If we want seconds of anything we can have it after the main course, not before. Let's just say no one asked for seconds, and not because the food wasn't good! It was extraordinary and there was plenty of it. The portions grew as the meal went on! This restaurant is well worth a stop on anyone's visit to Jerusalem, and they will only do the tasting menu for 2 or more (you will see why). This restaurant is kosher, by the way, a plus for many, and I understand that if you call in advance and tell them you are a vegetarian, they will make adjustments to the menu (you would have to confirm this fact.).
A five star restaurant - one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had.
One of The Most Memorable Travel Experiences of My Life!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/10/10
The only way to describe this place is as absolutely extraordinary! This is not only an incredible dining experience, but also an incredible historical and cultural experience. I almost didn't take the tasting menu and what a mistake that would have been! For 200NIS it is a steal for the incredible treats that were served one after another. I came hungry, but I still could not possibly finish all of the food. Be sure to bring your camera, because you will want to take pictures of these beautiful and delicious creations (not to mentions the chef's presentation and the view from the roof terrace of the restaurant!)!! I am a wine lover and I was also impressed by the restaurant's wine selection. The prices were also very reasonable.
The location isnt the one posted at the top of the Yahoo page. I went there first by mistake. Its 14 Hativat Yerushalayim. Also, make a reservation, because it took me a few days to get in.
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful treat!
I have traveled the world and out of all the culinary stops I have made this one is by far my favorite. It is located in the artist colony across from the old city walls and Jaffa gate and from the roof there is an amazing view of the David Citadel. It can be confusing because over the last ten years the restaurant has been open in three different locations. We originally took a cab to the wrong location, but the amazing food made up for the confusion. The current address is 14 Hativat Yerushalayim. I took the ten course tasting menu and would recommend that any other first time do the same. I will now be eating here for the rest of my stay in Jerusalem. The delciious dishes ranged from figs stuffed with chicken and covered with tamarind sauce and pomegranate seeds to lamb that had been slowly roasted in the oven overnight. My husband is a vegetarian and there were very equally delicious vegetarian options for every course which really added to our dining experience. In addition, the food all connected to stories about the bible and the history of the land which the chef shared with us through an interactive demonstration during which we were able to pass around the different ingredients. It is worth making a trip to Jerusalem just to enjoy these dishes! We are thinking about planning a destination wedding here for our daughter. I hope you are able to make a visit to this culinary gem!
amazing 7+ course tasting menu based on local ingredients; chef-owners do tableside presentation of herbs & spices. biblical israeli cuisine. huge amount of excellent food & great deal for the money. come hungry for this 3-hour meal-event.
The food is superb. Moshe's knowledge and passion about the origins of the ingredients is deep and he gladly teaches you what he has learned. The connection to history and regions of the diaspora makes the meal feel like you are going back in time to places that no longer teem with Jews. The co-ownership of Palestinian and Jew gives one hope for peace. A must!
Eucalyptus (located just north of the Russian compound, one block off of Jaffa Road, about half-way between Ben Yehuda and the Old City) offers wonderful food and a gracious, professional staff. On our last night in Jerusalem, we indulged in the King David feast, a multi-course meal that let us sample many items from the menu. From start to finish, the food was excellent: fresh produce and tender meats were made into delicious soups, salads, and entrees. We recommend the red lentil soup and the excellent lamb. The chicken falls from the bone in juicy flavorful bites, resting in a bed of delicately spiced rice.
Our dinner at Eucalyptus was a highlight of our time in Jerusalem. This restaurant is highly recommended, and we send our thanks to the kitchen.
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