Occupation: Cross Cultural Educator and Dance Teacher
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: Old Jerusalem Restaurant
Reviewed Old Jerusalem Restaurant: Sunday, December 8, 2013
When you walk into Old Jerusalem, you are instantly transported to the Middle East with beautiful murals of the Holy Land on the wall of a dark, cave-like restaurant. It is a small, casual hole in the wall, with a friendly atmosphere. I have been coming here for years, since they first opened, and have always been made to feel at home.
This time I tried their Lentil Soup, which was the perfect comfort food for a cold San Francisco night. My toddler gobbled it up. We also had a side order of Falafels, which are crispy without being greasy and perfectly moist in the middle. They are shaped like very fat cigars. We had the Mousakhan Chicken, baked to a perfectly moist doneness inside with crispy skin, and served with onion, sumac, and pine nut covered flat bread. We also had the Kifta Kebab, which was served with hummus-it was on par with Kifta Kebab in other restaurants. When you dine in, they serve you complimentary bread, with 2 dipping sauces, pickled turnips and olives-all house made.
We ended with Kunafa and black tea served with fresh mint. Kunafa is a very popular Palestinian dessert and Old Jerusalem makes it in house on a gigantic cast iron griddle. It is a must try, although it might not suit all palates. Kunafa is a cheese dessert sweetened with orange flower syrup and sprinkled with ground phyllo dough and pistachios—it is bright orange on top.