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takeout for shabbat in jerusalem

koshergourmetmart Jul 7, 2013 04:01 PM

my apologies if this has been covered previously. I am interested in takeout in jerusalem for Shabbat near the Inbal hotel or Mahane Yehuda. What are the best places meat and dairy? What are the best prices? Do supermarkets have Shabbat takeout or special deals like in NY area (for $30 get a whole chicken, soup, 2 salads,2 side dishes etc) Please put all appropriate details such as address/phone number of locations. Thanks!.

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    falconress Jul 8, 2013 07:46 AM

    For a Shabbat spread like you'd find in New York takeout places, there is Heimishe Essen, which recently moved into the Windmill shopping complex on Ramban Street in Rechavia, right next door to the Prima Kings Hotel. All the traditional Ashkenazi specialties, very well done, IMO: gefilte fish, chopped liver, sauteed liver, cold salads, chicken soup and accessories (noodles or matzoh balls, sold separately), schnitzels, other chicken and meat dishes, cooked vegetables, varieties of kugels, challah, desserts including fruit compote, and their standout, in my opinion, their kishke. Of course, you would need to be able to refrigerate and to heat the food.

    Personally, I don't think it counts as walking distance from the Inbal, even though it is an easy route. It would probably be about 20-25 minutes. But going there is uphill all the way, and going back you'd be burdened with your purchases, and I wouldn't recommend it, especially in the heat of the day.

    They are pricey, and I don't think they have combo deals, though, AFAIK.

    Another takeout with New York-style food plus a lot of Sephardi crossover mainstays is Grill Plus, on Hapalmach, in the small shopping complex next to the Blue Co-op. Not walking distance from the Inbal.

    I don't know what to recommend for dairy other than to go to a good supermarket or to Machne Yehuda and pick up your choice of cheeses, smoked fish, olives, salads, fruit, etc. In the supermarkets, almost everything is labeled in Hebrew and English (besides, the foods will be recognizable). Wherever you are, though, there will always be someone nearby who can help you out language-wise.

    There are other threads here on Chowhound for Jerusalem Shabbat takeout, and lots of hits if you Google it. If you plan in advance you can probably order complete menus to be delivered, including dishes and cutlery. But again, keep in mind that you would need refrigeration and a way to heat your food.

    I don't know the phone numbers for Heimishe Essen and Grill Plus, but I'm sure you can find them by Googling.

    As far as specials, BTW, if you delay your shopping in Machne Yehuda or the supermarkets to very late on Friday, prices on produce go down considerably. Not sure what time supermarkets close, though.

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    1. re: falconress
      almond tree Jul 8, 2013 12:30 PM

      Grill Plus and Heimishe Essen are both a short taxi ride from the Inbal. Taxi fares in Jm are inexpensive (see: http://www.numbeo.com/taxi-fare/city_...) & tipping cabbies is not the norm, so this would be a very feasible method of getting your feast back to where you are staying.
      Supermarkets have a good assortment of prepackaged Israeli salads every day and fresh baked challahs on Friday. Some have spit roasted chickens Friday but these often sell out early.

      1. re: almond tree
        cresyd Jul 8, 2013 02:05 PM

        What's the place on the corner of Emek and Rachel Immenu? I like the take away from that place that they have on Fridays. Excellent okra (bamiah).

        1. re: cresyd
          queenscook Jul 8, 2013 04:05 PM

          Is it Marvad Hakasamim?

          1. re: queenscook
            cresyd Jul 8, 2013 11:10 PM

            I'm not so familair with places on Emek (and unfortunately their names) and it's been ages since I've eaten there as I live in the city center - but I do remember it very fondly. It's on the opposite corner from Roza.

          2. re: cresyd
            iris Jul 8, 2013 08:14 PM

            Last there years ago - used to be called "Take Me Home". Great fried cauliflower too!

            1. re: cresyd
              falconress Jul 11, 2013 02:56 PM

              Yup, that's Marvad Haksamim. I would suggest choosing the dishes they know how to do really well - Sephardi specialties like bamya - and avoiding their take on classic Ashkenazi dishes they offer just because they think that's what customers want.

              And yes. cresyd, it's the same corner, and just across the street, from Roza. IMO, they were much much better in their original location, a tiny space on King George near Hamashabir. Maybe it's because a younger generation managing and cooking, maybe it's just memory playing tricks, but I've been to the Emek Refaim branch a few times and it was never good enough that I'd recommend it. Things were either over- or under-cooked and over- or under-spiced. Now we satisfy our Me'orav Yerushalmi and grilled chicken cravings at Sima's near Machane Yehuda.

              1. re: falconress
                zsero Jul 12, 2013 08:30 AM

                Weren't they once in the basement of Hechal Shlomo? I ate there once, on the night before Pesach when everything else was closed. They had seating; do they still have that in their new location?

                1. re: zsero
                  mamaleh Jul 12, 2013 11:44 AM

                  Yes, they were at Hechal Shlomo. They have seating and a take away area at the Emek Refaim location. On erev Shabbat there are extra tables set out with additional items for take away.
                  There are also challahs and rugelah on Rachel Imenu at Marzipan a few doors down, and salads from Maadanei Tzidkiyahu. Candy and nuts right next door. Disposable plates, cups, tablecloths etc. from supermarket on other side of Emek Refaim. Basically, everything you need for Shabbat on one corner :)

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          mamaleh Jul 9, 2013 02:42 PM

          Marvad Haksamim at Emek Refaim 42

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