Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jerusalem Brings Culinary Promise to Church Street

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 5:01 AM

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We stopped by the ever-changing building on Church Street that recently housed the short-lived restaurants Madras Bhavan and Fire & Ice. Now the space is occupied by Jerusalem restaurant, and let's hope this delightful Mediterranean eatery sticks around for a while.

Our maiden voyage was extremely successful, with a $7.99 all-you-can-eat buffet filled with falafel, hummus, yellow rice, tabouli, roasted chicken, stuffed grape leaves, lamb-and-vegetable stew and tender fava beans in a spicy broth, among other fresh and flavorful offerings. One of the most rewarding dishes was a medley of roasted vegetables, including red peppers, carrots, eggplants and mushrooms, accented with bright bits of lemon rind.

We enjoyed a few glasses of intensely sweet, piping-hot peppermint tea ($1.49 a glass—no free refills) and a small S-shaped cookie whose soft, velvety surface gave way to a core like fine, crisp shortbread. We left satisfied with both variety and volume, without the usual all-you-can-eat torpor.

We will definitely return to Jerusalem. Meanwhile, if you get there, let us know what you think.

Located at 1805 Church St., Jerusalem is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with lunch buffet available 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Carryout is available.

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