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Best (affordable) hotel breakfast in Jerusalem?

We want to go out for breakfast, and Israeli hotels are famous for these! Any good suggestions? We are not in "The Citadel" league;)

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  1. Not a hotel breakfast buffet, but most dairy restaurants have nice breakfast specials. I especially liked the 110nis (not sure of price) breakfast for two at Greg's in Mamilla, just outside of Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.

    Read my post "very biased Israel review". can't remember if the place is called Greg or Gary but it's some American boys' name. :)

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    1. re: SoCal Mother

      LOL I did Gregs (not Gary's;) and you're right, it was great! We sat outside on the bridge and it was so relaxing to watch the world go by....Also Cafe Rimon in Mamilla - but I'm now looking for an awesome hotel buffet for total over-indulgence!:)

    2. Are you sure? I mean, have you phoned up to ask how much they charge breakfast walk-ins? Why not phone one or two of your aspirational hotels and ask?

      Although I haven't priced it, I suspect that a slightly out-of-town location like Ramat Rachel would be cheaper.

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      1. re: AdinaA

        Good point! Thank you, that's a really good idea! It's just that the Citadel is....well, the Citadel...and presidents stay there and all that...!

        1. re: Subtletea

          I have no idea about the price, but I was a guest at the citadel a few years ago, and had the breakfast there. It was awful. (I don't remember exactly what was served, but I remember my hosts freaking out and waiters bringing out more food)

          1. re: cheesecake17

            Ohhhhhhhh - now I feel better about NOT being a President LOL!

            1. re: Subtletea

              Yup! No need to feel terrible....I remember my host freaking out. We all felt awful

              1. re: Subtletea

                ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY SHEKELS PER PERSON AT THE CITADEL!!!!!

                1. re: Subtletea

                  I'm not sure if you're sounding shocked or not, but that's ~$40. I just quickly checked the breakfast at the plaza and it's $35 for a continental buffet, so the citadel doesn't seem that out of line.

                  1. re: avitrek

                    Does not surprise me. When we used to stay on Starwood points at the Plaza, breakfast was never included. I remember asking back then (11 Years ago) it was $25 per head with no discount for kids. I never asked again after that.
                    After davening every morning I would stop by the bakery, picked up chocolate milk, croissants, and a coffee for my wife, and it worked great.
                    The hotel breakfasts are great when included in the room, I just cannot see paying that much for breakfast, especially when you have a family.

                    Or You could try this:

                    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/16195...

                    1. re: njkosher

                      What WILL they think of next!!!! (Looks delicious btw - but not at breakfast time)

                    2. re: avitrek

                      That's not so expensive. Thinking about the last time I had a hotel breakfast (in LA) it was about $45-50/person

          2. I simply adored the Alexander's breakfast when we were there in the fall. Rooftop dining, both in and out, and a delicious but understated buffet.

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              1. re: DeisCane

                That looks incredible! Alexanders is a hotel? I don't know it.

                1. re: Subtletea

                  It's a small suites hotel on the northern edge of the strip, just before the port.

                  http://www.alexander.co.il/

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    That looks gorgeous - but last time I checked, Tel Aviv wasn't in Jerusalem... (This site needs EMOTICONS!!!!!)

                    1. re: Subtletea

                      LOL! I totally missed that. My apologies!

                      1. re: DeisCane

                        No need to apologise - it looks a really nice place that might have fit the bill if...well, you know;)

            1. Mishkenot Sha'ananim? They won't let you rent a room (it's a guest house that arts and culture organizations use) and they don't have all the bells and whistles (no omelet stations) but they do serve a nice, classic Israeli hotel breakfast (which can be spartan if the place is empty, ample when full) and there is the fun of being there and there is that view, that sweeping, postcard view. It can't hurt to ring them up and ask.

              You also might want to consider Mahene Yehuda for a fun place to eat breakfast. Not like eating at the Inbal, It's a lot more fun than the Inbal would be.

              1. Many thanks - these are interesting ideas I hadn't thought of!:)

                1. Polly Restaurant next to A Little House in Baka.

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                  1. re: whitewater

                    Funnily enough, I saw that positively reviewed on Tripadvisor when I checked out the Little House recently:) I can see I'm spoilt for choice here (but still have my heart set on a hotel mega-buffet)

                    1. re: Subtletea

                      Then choose a hotel and just pay whatever it costs. YOLO!
                      The next couple of days, eat yogurt and a baguette from the supermarket.

                      1. re: SoCal Mother

                        I had to think about YOLO...but then I figured it out LOL!
                        Baguette won't work because I have gluten issues, but yoghurt and rice cakes it is - buffet here I come....

                        1. re: Subtletea

                          Or be very virtuous and do the yogurt days first. Take note that yogurts are all sorts of different prices in Israel and it's not always obvious. My favorite is called Gil, and there is flavored (strawberry) and plain. It's also not always obvious which are yogurt and which are pudding.

                          Then you will feel you've earned the buffet and won't feel deprived the next day.

                          Think of us when you get your omelette made to order.

                          1. re: SoCal Mother

                            re: "It's also not always obvious which are yogurt and which are pudding" . . . Wouldn't the container say either "yogurt" or "pudding"?

                            1. re: queenscook

                              Maybe in teeny tiny letters. It usually says stuff like Milky (that's a brand name of a pudding) or Pri-li (yogurt with fruit.) Look, I once bought a container of frozen mango juice concentrate in Israel thinking it was sorbet.

                            2. re: SoCal Mother

                              Oooh I like the psychological gymnastics involved here, resulting in a totally guilt-free experience by the time we reach the buffet;)

                              ("Wouldn't the container say either "yogurt" or "pudding"?" BAD IDEA! Then there'd be no way you could "innocently" indulge in pudding with the excuse that you actually INTENDED to get a nice healthy yoghurt...)

                            3. re: Subtletea

                              I, too, have gluten issues and will be in Israel soon. Would love to hear how accommodating they are over there and where are the best places to eat?

                              1. re: sherrib

                                I have an Israeli niece with celiac. There is an Israeli celiac organization that has a list. I do know that Black Burger and Gavna are on the list and Chavaleh made her a special meal. The stands at Machane Yehudah are very nice about it and will open a fresh bag of nuts if they can, so there is no cross contamination. Israeli restaurants in general are very nice about allergy issues.

                                1. re: SoCal Mother

                                  Thank you SCM. My issues include cross contamination so that is always a concern for me. I'm going to look for the Israeli celiac organization, thank you!

                      2. Not a hotel, but Cafe Rimon (off Ben Yehuda) has an AYCE breakfast buffet on Fridays. The Mamilla location might have one as well.

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                        1. re: JudgeMaven

                          Thank you. I've done the one in Mamilla and ADORED it. Thought about going back - but still crave that buffet experience so I'm holding firm!!

                          1. re: Subtletea

                            The Inbal hotel had the most amazing breakfast buffet I've ever experienced. We still talk about it. It was included in our room rate.

                            I also have to say that Shabbat dinner was spectacular at the Inbal.

                            1. re: DaisyM

                              I'm liking the sound of the Inbal...:)

                              1. re: Subtletea

                                ....which is 115 shekels and has great breakfast reviews on Tripadvisor - this is looking GOOOOD:)

                                We won't be eating this meal until after Pesach(!) so any more suggestions are welcome!

                                1. re: Subtletea

                                  How soon after Pesach? Don't expect much on the day or two after, when they're still putting Pesach away. (The day after they'll still be 100% Pesachdik, because of those keeping a second day.)

                                  1. re: zsero

                                    Good point, thanks - but this is the following week, so we should be ok:)

                        2. I have had breakfast as the Inbal and David Citadel a few times and i found the Citadel to be much better. I have also heard that the Mamilla Hotel is amazing but I have not tried it. For a cheaper option try Dan Panorama.

                          I noticed you are gluten intolerant and Ben Ami on Emek Refaim do a good breakfast and have gluten free bread.

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                          1. re: debs76

                            Shavua tov and thanks so much - especially for the heads-up on glutenfree bread:)