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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been hearing about this little gem of a restaurant for years, from multiple hotel Concierge's to others. I finally got there today, and all I can say is WOW! This is not a white tablecloth kind of restaurant, but a homey kind of...place that reminds you of your Mother's or Grandmother's cooking if they were Middle Eastern. Mine aren't, but I am partial to that kind of cooking. The service was excellent, the hummus the absolute best I have ever had, not like the prepackaged sludge you get in stateside supermarkets. The lamb patties in a light tomato sauce had just the right amount of spice to let your tasebuds tell you where you were eating. Yes, it's a bit high in price for sitting outside at older tables and chairs with no view, perhaps even being subjected to some patrons smoking, but I could happily eat here every day for the wonderful food.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the Iraqi Shuk. Truly home cooked like their grandparents made. Slow cooked overnight, and when the pots are empty there is no more. The tastes are sensational.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2022 via mobile

Delious food, great experience. This place was recommended by 2 of our Israel friends and it didn’t disappoint. Generous portions and good value for money.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 29, 2022

Sat outside on crummy chair and had to pay about $50 for a bowl of soup and rice, very basic food over priced. There are much better options arround

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

First lunch in Jerusalem, highly recommended by the hostel receptionist. We had delicious moussaka, hummus with tahini and a plate with stewed meat and potatoes. We expected prices to be lower but nevertheless enjoyed the quick service, the quality of the food and the kind...restaurant staff.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022

Based on the TA reviews I have tried to visit on 2 other occasions. We went an hour and a half before their closing time. Service was spotty at best, but when we were acknowledged, all we heard is "we are out of that." Out...of lemonade, out of hummus with meat, out of beef sofrito. I was able to order the Azura, which was ok. The waiter also forgot pita for the hummus we ordered and our water. I was hoping for so much more, but left disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 19, 2022

I have never liked hummus until I ate here. It was so good. I also enjoyed the okra, rice and beans. My meatball was good but the sauce made it even better. Warning don't eat the green sauce unless you like really spicy food...I don't...and I instantly regretted tasting it lol. The staff is friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed December 24, 2021

We had lunch at this renowned Mahne Yehuda restaurant, which is known for its slow-cooking dishes. The food was ok, served fast without any attempt to make it any dining experience. Kind of eat-in and out... The ladies enjoyed their beet-kubbe soup. My friend and...I opted for the "kima" dish, a combination of cooked-fried potatoes, eggplant, and meat. ok, but then again pretty average. The place itself resembles a makeshift kitchen plus a few tables, where only the die-hard followers eat there regularly. The prices on the other hand were more appropriate for a considerably more elegant restaurant. The so-called " authenticity" is overpriced and overrated.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 28, 2021

Located in the heart of the Mahane Yehuda market. Friendle and causy atmosphere. Wide selection of home made dishes - you can see the big pots of food in been cooked in the kitchen as you walk in. Recommend to take the "Tasting Menu" when...you get small portions of all the restaurant's dishes. Not only good food - but a great tourist's experince (even if you are a local)More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021 via mobile

I've been craving the beef sofrito since my last bite of it. I'm from Canada and it's not a common dish to find here. I wouldn't dare try to make it myself and possibly ruin it. I may need to book another trip in the...future purely for this dish.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 16, 2021

Our waitress, from the beginning was apathetic & unfriendly. She put down the food, never asked if it was ok or we needed anything, although it was a tiny place & she passed our table many times. I think she was pissed that we didn't...order enough. Humus with some ground meat for 45 shekels & she said "Its just a started." And she suggested the special which turned out to be a small bowl of rice & chicken that we've eaten all over Israel. When the bill came, 75 shekels, seriously? My fault for having lived in Israel forever & forgetting to ask the price. It was a similiar dish to others on the menu that were 48 shek so I didn't think twice. Came with pickles, I assume the pita came with my husband's humus. We've eaten out almost every day for many years all over Israel & this place is WAY over-rated & expensive.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed April 4, 2021 via mobile

It was a birthday celebration for my friend, we were not really prepared for the celebration.but Sumit arranged everything for us and made our day. Thank you sumit we will come back.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed December 19, 2020

As far as Middle Eastern food is concerned, Azura is probably the best restaurant in Jerusalem, and the first I'd take guests I want to impress to.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed April 6, 2020

I absolutely love this restaurant. It's one of Jerusalem's gems of a restaurant, with exquisite Turkish-infused food that makes you want to set up camp and inhale their food. Their eggplant with minced beef is fantastic, as are their hummus and their meatballs. Come here...prepared to share food, as you'll want to try everything. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the vibe was both welcoming, laidback, and uplifting.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 3, 2020

From the hip, modern city-life of Tel Aviv, to the ancient, enduring and timeless city of Jerusalem, where every crack in the living stone walls and streets exudes a wealth of history. And once again, into a teeming mix of cultures that to the outside...world appear to co-exist only tenuously, but actually are deeply intertwined and inseparable… After wandering around the packed, narrow and winding ancient streets of the Holy City, we found ourselves headed to this famous old-world restaurant. I don’t know how my friends found it, but I was totally lost. I guess you have to have a native nose..? Once again: a blend of ancient cuisines from across this part of the world: Mideastern, Arab, Persian, Israeli ~ all blending together in a cauldron to make people delight in one of the greatest pleasures of this world: good food. The food here is cooking in a series of pots placed at the edge of the kitchen, which overlooks the dining room. People see, smell, order, and the waiters yell the requests to the crews in the kitchen, who dip into the pots and hand out filled bowls and plates of hot, steaming foods to the waiters to serve.. it’s all very casual and very clean. And all washed down by nice, chilled local beer. Most amazing, delicately cooked and fully flavored food, and well worth the experience. It’s probably been done this way here for decades, and not changed one bit: food’s always cooking, and people are always eating. No sweat !! Not expensive at all...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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michelle b
June 24, 2018|
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Response from Eyal D | Reviewed this property |
Call the restaurant, I doubt they are reading these posts. And yes, they will be able to accomodate you but may request that you commit to the tasting menu
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Response from georgeforbusher | Reviewed this property |
I did not have a reservation. Whether or not the establishment takes and honors a reservation I am unaware.
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Response from Vivi H | Reviewed this property |
Sabbath or not, they are not open in the evenings. Anyway, the food is finished very quickly (after 3 or 4 pm, you are left with "left over"). So I don't think there is a need to serve in the evenings.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4