The restaurant is nicely situated in an Old Jerusalem plaza very close to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. We did not suspect anything when the waiter waived at us to have lunch in his restaurant; after all merchants are trying to attract clients in the narrow winding cobbled streets of Old Jerusalem. The food wasn’t flavourful and very little in quantity, as opposed to all other restaurants that we had lunch and dinner in Israel. The waiter continued to try desperately to attract clients and ignored us for the whole period we had lunch after he brought us the meal. His hands were dirty and he kept his fingers in the platter itself, touching the food. This was disgusting. But the main surprise came at the end, with the price: first of all the bill was handwritten, which is against regulations in Israel; second, he charged the tip in the bill itself, adding it to the meal price. On the little piece of paper it was written 15% of the price, but he really charged 25%. When we pointed out that it is overcharged and that the tip is not mandatory, he became aggressive. We tried just to pay the 15%, but he ran after us and we became scared and we finally had to pay the amount he asked. At the end he refused to let us take the handwritten bill. This experience ruined our last day in Jerusalem. I am sure this could be a matter of police investigations, as this fits very well the pattern for extortion and money laundering. Be aware of this so called “restaurant” in such a good touristic spot and don’t let it ruin your day, as it did in our case.
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