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Jan 26, 2012 04:47 PM

Eating at teh Israel Museum

One of the best meals I had in Jerusalem was a lunch at the Israel Museum.

They have two restaurants, one dairy and one meat.

The lunch in the meat restaurant, called Modern, was amazing. A lamb moussaka. Heavenly.

We tasted one another's dishes. I have to rave about a vegan entree, vegetables stuffed with rice and lentils in a sauce that was a, I think, a sweet-sour mango base.

There were also amazing cherry tomatoes, can they infuse cherry tomatoes with a sort of intense flavor using a syringe? They tasted amazing.

If you're heading to the museum, make sure to plan to have a meal there.

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  1. It sounds great! Just note that they are closed during Pesach, even during Hol HaMoed when the museum is open (can you tell I learned that from experience?).

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    1. re: milklady

      That's a pity because the food was really good.

    2. Had a great sandwich at the Israel Museum this past October - I wish I could remember what was in it, but it was fresh and delicious - and such a pleasant change from PB&J in NY museums!

      1. I was there over Chanukah. The sandwiches were interesting but the place was insanely crowded. We waited in line for quite a bit and had to take turns sitting down to eat.

        I did not see a meat restaurant, only the small dairy cafeteria near where the tours start from.

        Brooklynkoshereater is right, it's nice not to have to put a pb&j in my pocket.

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        1. re: SoCal Mother

          SoCal, there are 2 dairy restaurants. The one by the tour, and one closer to the entrance of the museum. The one by the entrance is next to the meat restaurant. Last time I was there I ate at the same one you did because I saw it first, but it's the smallest of the three.

          1. re: avitrek

            Right. there is a dairy restaurant near the exhibit entrances, where you can have a drink or a light meal. And two larger restaurants (they expand onto shaded outdoor terraces in the warm weather) at the main entrance. This is also where you branch off to see the dead scrolls and the model of the Herodian-era city.

            I recommend walking back to one of these large restaurants at lunchtime - you'll be better able to focus on the art after a real lunch break.

            It's really very civilized.

            1. re: AdinaA

              wow...I missed out. It was pouring raining and it was Chanukah so the place was so crowded we had to wait 15 minutes to use the restrooms. Still the sandwiches were good even if we had to eat in shifts because we couldn't find enough chairs and a second table for our group.

              We also missed the Herodian city model...