Gabriel Boxer, a travel and restaurant pro, a.k.a. Kosher Guru, shares the TOP 5 most memorable restaurant dishes of the month.
In December, I had the privilege of attending the Jewish Media Conference hosted by the Israel Tourism Board and even got to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In between workshops and networking, I managed to grab a few bites of some incredible food. Below are my top five bites in Jerusalem.
HATCH: Bangkok Sausage
Master beer brewer Ephraim Greenblatt runs an unreal joint. The pinnacle moment of my meal at Hatch was the homemade Bangkok sausage. I'm pretty Ashkenaz and can't handle spicy, but I devoured this not-too-spicy Thai sausage with crushed peanuts and a peanut glaze!
HaEgoz St 28, Jerusalem, Israel 02-656-3697
CRAVE: The Reuben Sandwich
All the craze about Crave is The Reuben Sandwich and I TOTALLY understand why! The house cured and smoked NY-style pastrami is served up with vegan mozzarella, kimchi, pickled onion, and sriracha truffle mayo on the perfect toasted rye bread. The vegan cheese (which usually turns me off) tasted surprisingly delicious. A must order at Crave.
1 Hashikma Street, Jerusalem Israel 02-627-2830
DAVID CITADEL HOTEL: Veal Ossobuco
I stayed over Shabbos and preordered a Friday night meal at the world-renowned restaurant at the David Citadel hotel, located in walking distance of the Kotel. The wait staff was very attentive, making sure my guests and I were taken care of. The buffet was filled with every fish, salad and side imaginable. The talk of the table and by far my utmost favorite was the Veal Ossobuco. The slow braised veal was hearty and melted in my mouth...the best ossobuco I've ever had. www.thedavidcitadel.com King David 7, Jerusalem, Israel 02-621-1711
BEER BAAZAR: The Beast Sandwich
The Shuk in Machane Yehuda never sleeps. Beer Baazar was an off-the-charts spot with literally every kind of Jew under one roof. Owner Avi Moskowitz's passion comes through in the beer and the food. The Beast Sandwich, a fully loaded double decker sandwich stuffed with turkey, pastrami and beef bacon, blew me away. www.beerbazaar.co.il Etz Hayyim 3, Jerusalem 02-671- 2559
HARVEY'S SMOKEHOUSE: 14 -hour Oak and Hickory Smoked Brisket
You want Texas style BBQ in Israel? Head to Harvey's! The 14-hour oak and hickory smoked brisket was a generous serving of moist, smokey and tender meat. Melt in your mouth like "buttah!" The staff was really friendly and welcoming. The wine and beer selection were pretty impressive too. Shim'on Ben Shatakh St 7, Jerusalem, Israel 02-624-6444