Machneyuda, named after the nearby Methane Yehuda Market, is one of the hottest restaurants in town! The restaurant was opened in 2009 by three well known chefs who get their daily inspiration for their ever changing menu from the market next door. The atmosphere is nothing I have ever encountered in a restaurant before – it is extremely lively with upbeat tunes, dancing waiters, joking chefs and best of all – delicious, modern Israeli cuisine!
The joyous atmosphere immediately raises your spirits once you walk in, with loud happy tunes in the background, lively waiters and outgoing clientele. The open kitchen offers the opportunity to watch the exuberant chefs at work, preparing the dishes of the day!
The light and airy restaurant spreads over two levels and the colourful decoration adds to the lively and bustling atmosphere.
Eating my way through Jerusalem I came to appreciate the mild and silky-smooth texture of the local tahini and was excited to start lunch with bread, served in a brown paper-bag, and a small bowl of tahini.
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Next I had a wonderful fresh Fatush salad which was confidently written on the menu as ‘Fatush salad like you never tried before’.
For mains I opted for ‘Black risotto – a bunch of pumpkins, mixed nuts and salmon’ – beautifully prepared and a wonderful taste combination.
It was a great experience to come for lunch to Machneyunda not only for the food but of course the unique atmosphere of the restaurant. I am yet to visit Palomar, Machneyunda’s sister restaurant in London!
For dessert I headed to Mousseline – just a few minutes walk from Machneyuda and the market. Mousseline is famous for its adventurous and unusual ice cream flavours such as saffron, black sesame, chai latte, basil & grapefruit and even wasabi!
Methane Yehudi Market market is almost as lively as the namesake restaurant and with its vibrant colours and fragrances – a foodie destination not to be missed! It is home to more than 250 merchants, musicians, juice bars and cafes. Strolling through the market it was fascinating to watch vendors and buyers haggling over prices.
A visit to the market would not have been complete without sampling halva – a flaky, dense and sweet Middle Eastern confection that comes in a variety of flavours.
The market which runs from Etz Chaim Street to Ha Shaked Streets is popular with locals and tourists alike. Walking through the market I got lost more than once in its narrow pathways, exploring and sampling the many tastes of Jerusalem!
It was another hot August day in Jerusalem when I visited the market and, even without fur, the heat was getting to me, so it was time to head back to my cool and air conditioned hotel!
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