Sunday, November 30, 2008

The "Rimon" Times Two

Jerusalem's Rimon is a veteran restaurant that has changed over the years. I remember eating there thirty-five years ago, at its just inside of Zion Square location. Way back when, it served meat. Now it has two kitchens, one meat and one dairy, and is considered of a high kosher standard.

A few years ago, it served very inexpensive "business lunches" and seemed very desperate to get a loyal clientele. I think they've succeeded. Now there's even a branch of the dairy restaurant in the new Mamilla Mall. Last week I ate at both.

Early in the week, a friend and I met for an early lunch, OK brunch, even though is sounds like we started the day late. The truth is that it was an early lunch, since we started the day early. I ordered their Israeli Breakfast, which is a great deal, eggs, cheeses, salad, coffee, juice and a croissant. I was given lox, instead of the tuna. No complaints here.

My friend had their grilled/heated cheese sandwich, which the Israelis call "Toast." It came with a nice salad. We were both very satisfied with our meals.

Then later in the week, my husband and I went to the Mamilla branch with another couple for dinner.

I had the "healthy" Country Quiche. It came will a hardboiled egg and salad. It was fine. Nothing spectacular. You can see lasagna in the background. It also came with salad. The men ordered different things; one the broccoli quiche and the other, soup and fish.

Nobody had any complaints, and we didn't leave the table hungry. Service was pleasant. I prefer good reliable restaurants like the Rimon to some of the fancier places, which charge more for less.


Jacob Da Jew said...

I used to be a waiter at Cafe Rimon in Kikar Zion about 8 years ago, both meat and dairy.

It was fun for a few months then I moved on. The owners still remember me and I get a good table every time.

Batya said...

Wow! Do they give you a discount when you visit?

Jacob Da Jew said...

I used to but as the years went by...not anymore.

Anonymous said...

This looks good.

Leora said...

We looked at the food, which looked delicious, but the prices at the time were fairly high. We ended up eating at the Village Green, which is more my kind of food anyway, but on a future trip I'd like to eat there.

Batya said...

jdj, you can get 10% off with eluna I think.

ilanadavida, yes, it was

leora, if your kids like to share, you don't need a course per kid. The salads are enormous. It's not cheap, but I've found myself spending just as much at Village Green if I have one of their quiches and a nice salad portion.

Kosher In Jerusalem said...

Want to know where to eat in this hechsher-crazy town? I'm really digging

Batya said...


Esser Agaroth said...


Um,...isn't Cafe Rimon one of the restaurants where the Arab employees tried to poison the customers, not so long ago?

Food for thought, pun intended.

Batya said...

I think it was the main branch. But it was also on the list of reliable kashrut, so hopefully that means that they're guarding better.

Esser Agaroth said...

It's been Rabbanuth Yerushalayim Mehadrin for years, and, yes, it's an excellent heksher.

Unfortunately, that has nothing to do with guarding the Yishma'elite workers, let alone avodah ivrith.

Batya said...

yby, I guess we should be "benching gomel" after surviving restaurant meals.