7 Shimon Ben Shetach St., Jerusalem
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Sunday - Thursday: Lunch hours 12:00 pm till 5:00. Dinner hours
5:00pm till 11:30pm. Closed Friday for private parties. Open after Shabbat. Closed Shabbat.
May 2010. Updated April 2013
Gabriel is a gourmet mehadrin downtown Jerusalem restaurant.
situated in a beautifully renovated Jerusalem legacy building, of at least 150 years, located at the top of the Shimon Ben Shetach pedestrian walkway.
The interior structure of the restaurant mixes modern with legacy construction elements. The smooth wall contrasts with the unique Jerusalem stone. The sophisticated venue has a classy feel, from the prudently placed art work to the pressed linen napkins on ivory tablecloths. The natural colors give a fresh clean impression and the ambiance will make you feel as if you are the first and last people to sit in the comfortable chairs and pristine tables. The romantically lit restaurant is decorated with tasteful art and often has soft Jazz as your dining background music.
Three seating areas include a pleasant outdoor space, indoors where there is a full bar and on the upper floor that can easily host private parties. When you reserve your table for the evening it is wise to reserve the location in the restaurant as well. Many patrons have been inclined to dine outside in the beautiful Jerusalem air, only to discover that all the tables were all reserved.
The Dining Experience
A visit to Gabriel is an event and a way to spend your evening. The food is to be savored over a bottle of wine. Recently my partner and I had the opportunity to dine at Gabriel. After being seated we were attended immediately by the friendly wait staff. While we considered the menu we were served piping hot rolls with exotic spreads and dips including endive, beets, eggplant and a sweet carrot dish that we thought of as tzimmes with a college education. This was a very nice way to start our meal and a good introduction to the spacial flavors that awaited us at Gabriel.
For the starter I chose the Crispy Norwegian Salmon – Panko & Herb Crusted, seared medium rare, laid on pickled beet served Carpaccio style. The Salmon was generously dressed with an appropriate tartar sauce. This unforgettable dish would be excellent for sushi lovers.
My partner chose the Baladi Eggplant. This wonderful dish is sautéed with mouth watering beef fillet, roasted peppers, raw tahini, date honey, vine-ripe tomatoes and basil essence. The beef was prepared to perfection. Highly recommended for those looking for something familiar but with a very creative twist.
After our starters we were served Lemon-Mint Sorbet to cleanse our palettes between courses. The fresh mint flavor was tempered by a burst of lemon. It was certainly a special treat!
We sampled three Entrées:
Sea Bream Fillet, Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken in marmalade, and Braised Lamb & Beef.
The flawlessly grilled Sea Bream Fillet is served with a velvety white carrot cream, red pepper and basil sauté and roasted cherry tomato and Pernod sauce. This dish is refreshing and the white carrot cream leaves its signature on your palette.
Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken In a white wine Marmalade. The well done grilled chicken breast has a juicy texture under a thick layer of apple cider conserve. The chicken is served with a square of Orange Squash Risotto and seasoned vegetables. The house suggests that you have all three together on one forkful.
Braised Lamb & Beef "Pot –au – feu" . Winter Root Vegetables herb and red wine essence over baby black lentils. This eight hour slow cooked meats were tender and succulent. The meats felt as if they actually melted in my mouth. The meats are served with a side of English pepper. The key to the dish is the balance between beef lamb & Lentils.
With a grand wine selection, this venue has a voluminous amount of wines that a diner may choose from. Many of the wines are stored in Gabriel's very own insulated wine cellar. If, however, one is looking for something with a sharper bite, the restaurant does have several top shelf alcoholic beverages that you may choose from.
For Dessert we chose Pears in Wine. This dish includes two pears, one cooked in lovely red wine and a second cooked in a delicate white wine. The pears sat next to a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream and a cinnamon stick.
The second dessert was a hot chocolate soufflé topped with a scoop of ice cream and lightly covered with light powder sugar. A wonderful finale for a wonderful dinner.
Gabriel was put together with thought and purpose. Presentation & flavors executed with precision that the diner can truly experience the chefs story.
of fine kosher restaurants in Jerusalem is expanding so rapidly. Gabriel
certainly adds serious competition to the existing choices. Definitely
worth a special trip up to Jerusalem!
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