In Jerusalem’s downtown area, nestled quietly amongst the area’s more conspicuous bars, we happily discovered Alma, a classy Israeli restaurant with distinctly Middle-Eastern flair.
Although inconspicuous from the street, once inside it became obvious that the building is historic: with ceilings lined with dark wooden beams; and small bricked alcoves inserted into the stone walls; and the fine dining atmosphere noticeably contrasting with the bustle of the pedestrian walkway in the street outside.
Although we had not booked and the place was packed, we were warmly welcomed and invited to take a seat on the sofas just inside the entrance to wait for a table to become available. We ordered a delicious cabernet sauvignon from the extensive Israeli wine menu.
It was worth the wait, we started with the wonderful house bread and, having had a long and tiring day, we then put ourselves safely into the hands of the attentive staff who did not let us down. Amongst the delicious array of tantalizing dishes which included salads and grilled chicken wings, came a memorable beef stew cooked to perfection in a clay pot and served with couscous. To say it was delicious is an understatement.
All in all this was a warm, cosy, inviting, classy yet still rustic Israeli dining experience.
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