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“Imagine. Indulge. Inspire.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Machneyuda

Machneyuda
10 Beit Ya'akov St., Jerusalem 94323, Israel (Givat Ram)
+972(0)25333442
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Ranked #10 of 464 restaurants in Jerusalem
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Givat Ram
London, United Kingdom
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321 reviews 321 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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“Imagine. Indulge. Inspire.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

First Impressions: Who requires a restaurant reservation weeks ahead in Jerusalem? This does. Our tour guide had made a reservation to this trendy restaurant a week before and still we nearly lost our spot. Located a couple of blocks behind its namesake market, the small "hole in the wall" place is nothing but. Everything is cranked up a dizzying, off-the-chart scale: the food, service, price, even the music.

PROS: Helmed by three pedigreed chefs, the restaurant's food is reportedly its forte'. I loved the creamy, truffle-infused polenta with crab, crunchy mushrooms and shredded Parmesan cheese. This was followed by the equally delectable Pile of Seafood, all deliciously tender and not a bit overcooked. (Overcooked squid becomes chewy, but not here.) The sensory experience was climaxed by the rich Chocolate Poison -- chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream and topped with chocolate fudge -- a chocoholic's drug fix. Ahhh... The food presentation is both creative and showy, like the ones we normally associate with gourmet dining. Each dish is an excellent fusion of colours, aromas, textures and flavours.

CONS: Not exactly for the budget-conscious diner. Ranging from £16 for the roasted chicken to £30 for the filet mignon steak, the gourmet dining experience is thus reflected in the Hollywood celebrity-level pricing (read: very expensive). Moreover, do not expect a quiet, laid-back, low-key meal. The ear-splitting, 120-decibel house music, operatic waiters and pot-drumming chefs all contribute to a deafening good vibe and exuberant dining atmosphere. Our group could barely hear each other. (Here, the management is unapologetic. This take-it-or-leave-it attitude may be misconstrued as being pretentious, as in trying to be like a Tel Aviv hotspot, but I don't think so.) Lastly, the restaurant is closed on Shabbat.

Verdict: If you could get past all this noisy din and stratospheric prices, it's actually a nice place to try. Reserve at least two weeks in advance, maybe asking for the Chef's Tasting Table. May not be the best in Jerusalem, but no doubt in the top three. Recommended. Grade A-minus.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I am a self-confessed food snob. The food was creative and well-presented. The service was solicitious and engaged. It's trendy and it's loud, but it was a great way to end our 2 week trip.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Super trendy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Very cool menu and decor, highly trendy restaurant with a creative menu and great service, but not for traditional types. Slightly disappointed that, although I specifically asked for a table when booking, I was seated at the bar.

Visited June 2012
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Tiburon, California
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“Wonderful eating experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We were lucky enough to sit at the counter were we could watch the chief chef and the other chefs cook. The food was fabulous, fresh, seasoned perfectly and interesting. It was fascinating to watch how the main chef did a great deal of the preparation of dishes and watched out over all the other dishes that went out. The wait staff was terrific and very attentive. There was a very festive atmosphere in the whole place. Music was also great.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Grove, Illinois
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“Casual, fresh food in Jerusalem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We loved the fun and casual atmosphere where we were able to watch the chefs toast and dance as they prepared our great food. Surrounded by vegetables from the nearby market, we were sure of the quality and freshness of our meal. Very nice wait staff! Location just off the light rail but Beit Ya'akov street sign is easy to miss!

Visited April 2013
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