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“Hidden Gem in The Shuk” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Azura

Azura
4 Ha'eshkol Street, The Iraqui Market | Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem, Israel
02-623-5204
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Ranked #6 of 464 restaurants in Jerusalem
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Toronto, Canada
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem in The Shuk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I was assured by my friends that this was a must-try place for lunch in the Shuk Mahane Yehuda. We asked several people how to get there, and after wrong-turns and some problems with our Hebrew, we finally turned into an alley and ascended a flight of stairs to reach a courtyard where Azura is located. There is outdoor seating at plain tables with red-checked table clothes, or indoors which is lively and cramped. We opted for outside. The atmosphere is classic Jerusalem. Families eating together, old men having lively discussions, dogs and cats wandering around- and you wouldn't want it any other way. We ordered a number of dishes including the meatballs, the hummus and the kubbeh soup. The kubbeh was definitely the highlight. Delicious meat dumplings in a thick vegetable broth. Delicious! Everything else was great as well, and very inexpensive. The service is attentive, and though you may have to wait, it's well worth it. This has all the trappings of a local spot. Though it's hard to find, it's certainly worth it for authentic Israeli food. Certainly one of the unforgettable meals of my trip.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Food was good, service great although a little hard to find!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Recently visited following a recommendation from a friend and trip advisor too. Had an early lunch and ordered too much with trying the hummus with falafel and accompaniments would have been enough but waitress recommended the Beef Sofra...hummus was great and so were the falafel but was not impressed with the Sofra which was beef and potatoes, beef was good but potatoes not so much.

Some of the other dishes others were having looked great and overall would go back but not for the Sofra!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great Lunch place in the main market”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This restaurant is small and not that easy to find but the Hummus is great and so are the other dishes. Soup was good but would have preferred it to be thicker. Service is quick. Overall a good and hearty place for lunch that is not expensive

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This restaurant was so good we went back twice in three days! It is tucked away in a corner—watch the old men playing sheshbesh while you wait for a table. The kubbe was excellent!

Visited January 2013
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Maryland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Hits the spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

As others have said, this restaurant is worth the hunt out behind the Iraqi section of the market. It has some of the best soups and stewed meats around. Though not specially a Hummus restaurant, it's Hummus and other salads are very good as well. Two of our party were vegetarians and they really enjoyed the vegetarian stuffed peppers. It is crowded, noisy and frenetic but that adds rather than detracts from the atmosphere. We ate at 1700 and they were already running out of some items so the earlier the better. If you are looking for great, hearty local food in a fun atmosphere and with helpful service this is an outstanding place to stop. Of course, right afterwards you can pop next door I to the market for desert, coffee and a micro brew beer.

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