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Al-Mihbash Restaurant, Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

21 Nablus Road, Jerusalem

Tel. 02-628 9185, open every day from 1:00 p.m. until late at night.

Occupying the premises of the now-defunct Cairo Youth Hostel, Al-Mihbash Restaurant is housed in an old building that probably dates back to the beginning of the century. Its spacious rooms have high ceilings and feature the traditional Palestinian patterned tiles that resemble carpets and which were very common then. The tiles have come back into vogue and the original ones are a highly sought-after commodity.

A narrow passage takes you to the staircase that leads to the first floor dining room and the roof terrace above it. The large, L-shaped room probably occupies three bedrooms of the former hostel, as it has three balconies that overlook Nablus Road and the grounds of the Ecole Biblique opposite it. Two, maximum three, patrons can sit on the balcony for a snack, dinner or just to puff on an arghiley (hubbly bubbly).

The far-end of the dining room has couches and low tables for those who just want to have a drink. There is also an Internet corner.

The menu is eclectic, featuring oriental dishes, including the traditional salads, starters, hot snacks, and the mainly grilled main courses such as kebab and shish taouk, and a rather extensive selection of pasta dishes and lasagna. Sandwiches are also available, for those so inclined. All kinds of soft drinks are available, including freshly-squeezed orange and carrot juice. The restaurant does not offer alcoholic beverages.

One can choose to sit on the roof terrace in the evenings, when the weather cools down. On Fridays they have a singer playing traditional Arab songs, whereas on Saturdays there is a DJ, starting from 9 pm.

Prices are very reasonable and the service aims to please.


This Week in Palestine

August 2007

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