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“Holy Moses! Biblical-inspired cuisine”
Review of The Eucalyptus

The Eucalyptus
Ranked #1 of 731 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 May 11, 2013

First Impressions: A few hundred metres south of Jaffa gate, along Hatifat Yerushalayim (Rte 60), sits The Eucalyptus. Anchored by a repeat-winner chef-owner Mr. Besson, it offers an eclectic but solid kosher Israeli and Middle Eastern menu.

PROS: Location is one of its best assets. Focused on indigenous Israeli ingredients but with a biblically-inspired twist, the food is reportedly its forte'. Of the tasty appetizers, try the large figs stuffed with chicken and smothered in a sweet-tangy tamarind sauce. Or the heavenly Jacob & Esau's biblical red lentil stew. For the main course, I loved the exquisitely-soft, claypot-baked lamb with herbs and vegetables (apparently slow-cooked overnight). Food presentation was creative and appealing, like the ones we normally associate with gourmet dining. Ambience is informal but intimate. Service is friendly and welcoming; the chef often does his rounds of visiting each table to compare notes or share stories. The staff even accommodated for vegans in our group.

CONS: The portions were generous, except for The Trio of Soups served in tiny espresso cups (No doubt aiming for quality than quantity.) Ranging from £13 for the Veal Kofta to £25 for the Oven Baked Lamb, it is not for the budget-conscious diner. Not open during Shabbat.

Verdict: Definitely worth a visit. May not be the best in Jerusalem, but no doubt in the top five. Make a reservation ahead of time, perhaps request the small Taster's Menu. Recommended. Grade A-minus.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Our family of adults joined local friends to taste biblical food & learn about the history as well. It is an intimate setting warm & inviting. Everyone enjoyed their selections & my Maglubeh was just delicious. Service is attentive & English is well spoken. I would HIGHLY recommend adding this to your Must Include on a trip to Jerusalem. I know I will return ....someday.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Happened to be going by towards Yemin Moshe and popped in with my wife for a couple of beers.
We sat outside.
Beer offerings were pretty good.
The server was very friendly, helpful, and attentive. He also gave us some delicious vegetarian appetizers on the house, which was a delightful surprise.
A number of vegetarian options available on the menu, and a willingness to adjust other non-veg items so they are suitable for vegetarians.
Would go highly recommend.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Nice restaurant with friendly staff. The food is honest without being extraordinary. There was a good atmosphere the night we visited. The location is a bit out on it's own, in an up and coming area, you wont stumble upon it on your travels around the sites. Whilst it was probably our best meal in Jerusalem it was by far our most expensive.
I will probably get criticised for saying that I don't think that you visit Jerusalem for it's dining out experiences.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The food was amazing! Great wait staff. Recommend getting a reservation even at 9:30 on a Saturday night. We loved the date appetizer!

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