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“Great aims and claims, disappointing result”
Review of The Eucalyptus

The Eucalyptus
Ranked #3 of 736 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Authentic Biblical cuisine using wild herbs that celebrate innovation and ancient recipes. Located at the beginning of the New Artist Colony not far from the Old City, 5 minute walk from the Mamilla shopping corridor.
Reviewed January 9, 2013

This could be the perfect location for a great restaurant. But the disappointment could not be bigger.

We went there for New Years Eve, as we wanted to avoid a place with party atmosphere. The menu looked interesting. However, most dishes in that menu failed.

What is the point of mixing three different fish for a tatar? Why serve a veal filet and lamb chops and a big vegetable as a main in a six course menu? The meat was delicious, but no reasonable person would eat all this. The bottom line: far too much going on on every dish served, more confusion than pleasure for a gourmet's palate.

However, what I found most astonishing are the claims and aims made by this restaurant.
- Kosher. Fine but:
- Biblical food (what should that be? Certainly not the fish tatar, or the foie gras).
- Slow food. Ok, I don't question the quality of the served products. However, I would like to know more about the origin of used products if this claim is made. "Slow food" stands for something rather concrete I'm afraid.
- Chefs for peace (great initiative, however many staff looked rather unhappy and we could smell the unpleasant atmosphere).

If two, not more of the above claims would be fulfilled to satisfaction, this could be a great place.

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1  Thank montecristo-no1
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Food was good, but don't come too hungry. The portions are small and the prices high. Loved the atmosphere and the after dinner liquor.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

If you wish to enjoy a perfect dinner in a romantic atmosphere, but moreover the Biblical Israeli Cuisine from the Chef Mosche Basson this is the place to go. The price is reasonably in line with the quality of the food. Mosche is an adept of the Slow Food movement. He has been appointed "Cavaliere del Lavoro" by the Italian President Napolitano for his merits towards Italy a country in which he likes to exercise his culinary art. He has won twice the world contest on Couscous in San Vito Lo Capo.

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1  Thank Giorgio0745
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The food was absolutely fantastic as was the atmosphere. Excellent service and the most interesting menu to pick from. The appertizers were fantastic- great tasting spreads and artichoke soup. The stuffed figs with chicken was great. We recommend the seared mallard in red wine with sweet dates- fantastic!

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1  Thank Emma Z
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Loved the atmosphere. Chef came and introduced himself and prepared a delicious upside down chicken dish

2  Thank Pocono L
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