Once again I ventured out, seeking yet another culinary experience. This time I took my wife and son to Talbiye, a restaurant belonging to the MachneYuda Group by founder and chef Assaf Granit. We’ve already tasted MachneYuda – the restaurant where it all started – as well as Yudale and Hasadna (the “Culinary Workshop”), each and every one of which I like and recommend. Unlike the MachneYuda and Yudale restaurants, the Talbiye is open on Shabbat. Needless to say, the restaurant is not kosher.
The restaurant is located in the picturesque, upscale Talbiye neighborhood in Jerusalem, right under the Jerusalem Theater and near the Museum of Islamic Art, the President’s residence, and the Hansen House.
When we called around 1:30 p.m. to make a reservation, we had no problem getting a table for three at 5 p.m., but I still recommend to reserve a table well in advance.
As a starter we chose the special of the day, the shrimp carpaccio. The main dishes were gnocchi, baby spare ribs cooked in beer & Granny Smith apples, and I had the Tournedos Rossini. I couldn’t help it but order the polenta, too. As desert we shared an apple strudel.
Each and every course was a culinary treat. The three of us unanimously praised the food we devoured with joy. Even the strudel was a delight, which is highly uncommon in this region of the world.
The Talbiye offers a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, especially when compared to the loud music at MachneYuda. The service is professional, as can be expected. Most if not all of the customers were locals, perhaps because of its location in a more quiet neighborhood.
Verdict: Highly recommended!
Telephone: +972 2-5811927
Home page: https://www.talbiye.com
Address: 5 Chopin St., Jerusalem (underneath the Jerusalem Theater)
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