Good.... but odd
Posted on 02 / 04 / 2010
This restaurant is smack in the middle of the Jewish quarter of the old city of Jerusalem. To get there, you walk through the main parking lot (Parking in the old city is only for people with special permission), then down Ha-Yehudim St.past the pizza stores, you keep walking as the Cardo will be on your left and the restaurant on your right. It is mostly outdoor seating but has some tables inside where there is wireless internet and a large selection of wines making for a pleasant atmosphere.
The food we had was decent, but not spectacular. We ordered the four cheese Penne and a Thai Noodle Stir-Fry. What struck us as odd were the noodles. I am not sure if they were home made but they had an odd consistency, color, and shape to them. They were significantly heavier than the pasta either of us are accustomed to and it caused us to be satiated after barely eating half of our respective portions. The flavors were a little overly potent and the content was average, but it certainly did the trick of filling us up.
Unfortunately, overall the old city of Jerusalem does not have a huge selection of restaurants and of them most are severely below average in terms of the quality and overly priced. At the Menorah cafe, i would say the food is only slightly under average but at least the prices are extremely reasonable considering the location. The menu is pretty much identical to most dairy restaurants in Israel (or as my dad calls 'em: "freakin blintz places") and there is a real dearth of vegan options.
My take is, if you are looking for a dairy restaurant in the old city, than of the 3 below average establishments, I would say that the Menorah Cafe is the superior choice.
Filling portions at reasonable prices, Free wireless, Nice Service & location
Almost no vegan options, No parking nearby, Small seating area