Essen' is Yiddish for what we call in the south (the South!) 'good eats'.
Literally, it refers to food your (Eastern European) mom used to make.
Their slogan is "The Taste of Food You Once Loved". If I might be so bold,
I would like to add: "And still do!"
Keren Kayemet is off of King George Street, not far from downtown Jerusalem, but just enough away so that traffic is not a problem (though parking sometimes is). Easy to walk to and plenty busses go through the Rehavia neighborhood, so parking shouldn't be your main worry.
Yep! Just like my Mom used to make. Chopped Liver, Knishes, Gefilte Fish (sliced or stuffed!), Pupiks in a mushroom gravy, tzimmes, kugels, etc. (You get the idea, no?)
Heimeshe Essen has an indoor and outdoor patio seating. Both are intimate and cozy (hmmm, how would I say that in Yiddish????).
Our waiter was friendly and helpful, with good suggestions. And the food, well, it was, delicious! A real heimeshe experience (ok, I promise not to use the 'h' word again).There are over 20 kinds of salads and appetizers (7NIS - 21NIS), including soups served with kneidlach; Herring, Latkes, Kishka, Liver and Onions, not to mention the ones I just mentioned up above.
The main courses (36NIS - 54NIS) are plentiful as well: Cholent, Roast Beef in gravy, Meatballs, BBQ Chicken, Grilled Chicken, Salmon, Sole, Trout, Schnitzel, and more. One of the great things about Heimishe Essen is that the side dishes are an integral part of the menu - Farfel, Sweet and Sour Cabbage, Potatoes (Baked or Mashed, with gravy), to just name a few.
Because they are also a take-away store (more on that in a minute), you can see almost all of the dishes at the main counter when you walk in. You don't have to worry whether this fish or that salad is made the way you like it - you can see it before you order it!
While sitting and eating a good home-style (another 'h' word!) meal is pleasurable, it is also a wonderful thing to be able to bring it home for Shabbat or Hag.
Heimishe Essen is open for Pesach, and take-away orders should be placed several days before! During the rest of the year, it is nice to know that when guests come from overseas, or you just don't feel like cooking, Heimishe Essen is there - ready, willing and able to serve!
As my mother used to say: "Ess, Ess"