Friday, July 31, 2015

Fish Meal in the "Shuk"

During the "Nine Days," those traditional days of mourning the destruction of the Holy Temples, many Jews do not eat meat or poultry. It was davka that week when I went out with one of my children for dinner. She recommended a fish restaurant in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda Open Market. I've eaten in a couple of the meat restaurants, but hadn't tried the fish one.

Michmoret, Fish Restaurant in the Shuk
מכמורת Michmoret, just a minute's walk from Agripas Street, 4 Hatute Street, offers a meal very similar to the ones you can get in the meat places. They start with salads and bread, and then you get the meal/fish of your choice with either cooked vegetables or french fries.   There was a nice selection of fish. I took my usual salmon and also ordered beer.

Everything seems to be cooked to order and nicely presented. 

You can sit inside, outside or at the bar. 

The biggest challenge is the stairs to the WC, so if you need easily accessible restrooms, it may not be your spot; though there may be some nearby. 

I was extra lucky to discover an electric outlet next to my seat for recharging my phone. And our table for two just inside was comfortably quiet enough for us to talk. Considering that the market transforms into a busy night spot after dark, we were afraid that we would suffer from the noise. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

It's strictly kosher and open Sunday to Thursday 12-24.00, Friday 12-16.00. Our meal for two including a large beer and glass of wine cost NS200, which is considered very reasonable. Of course without the drinks it would have been much less. And being in the shuk there is lots of buses and the lightrail to get there. We enjoyed ourselves and recommend it.

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