Israel Museum’s restaurant: Where ancient Jerusalem cuisine meets its modern counterpart

Everyone who visits Israel is excited about trying authentic Israeli cuisine. Modern, the restaurant at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, offers its patrons unique dishes based on the genuine Jerusalem style. The restaurant uses fresh produce grown in Israel in order to create its masterpieces.
Tomatoes and Anchovies from Bruegel's Market: A variety of tomatoes with anchovy and asparagus, aioli and croutons (49 NIS) Photo Credit: Avital Ginsberg

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is not just home to exquisite exhibits and works of art but also the location of a unique restaurant: Modern. Founded five years ago, Modern offers contemporary, inspired and original Jerusalemite cuisine by integrating history, culture and leisure into its one-of-a-kind dishes.

The restaurant is located inside the museum. From the restaurant’s windows, patrons can see the Valley of the Cross and the Knesset, part of the authentic Jerusalem landscape.

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Jerusalem artichoke and chestnuts Sofrito: Traditional Jerusalem long-cooked meat stew with Jerusalem artichoke and chestnuts (84 NIS) Photo Credit: Avital Ginsberg

The Kosher restaurant uses fresh produce from around Israel in order to create the dishes on its menu: date honey from Tiberias, herbs from Safed, pomegranates from Jerusalem, various citrus fruits from Jaffa and more. Modern’s dishes aim to preserve the primary flavors of the ancient Jerusalem cuisine, which was based on legumes, rice, nuts, root vegetables and herbs, while combining them with a contemporary interpretation of the trends in Israel’s capital.

Pasta Dumplings Filled with Meat Stew: Dumplings filled with thin rib meat, ginger and nutmeg stew, served with artichoke, tomato cubes, olive oil and lemon (72 NIS) Photo Credit: Avital Ginsberg

Recently, Modern unveiled its 2017 Spring Menu, featuring an array of dishes in honor of the season. Among the most popular appetizers on this menu is the Cubes Game with Beets and Salmon, made with fresh salmon, beets, dill, basil, lime-aioli, ginger foam and soybeans (55 NIS). A great main course choice is the Pasta Dumplings Filled with Meat Stew, made with dumplings filled with thin rib meat, ginger and nutmeg stew, served with artichoke, tomato cubes, olive oil and lemon (72 NIS).

Jerusalem Tapas Platter for Two (110 NIS) Photo Credit: Avital Ginsberg

Modern’s Chef Avi Peretz has also created several tasty vegetarian options using fresh vegetables, such as the Tajine of Stuffed Onions main dish, which is made with onions stuffed with rice, grains, blackberries raisins and tomatoes, served in a tomato and fennel seeds sauce (65 NIS).

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