Nahman Cafe Restaurant
Nahman Cafe Restaurant is the newest addition to the courtyard at the Music Center on Yoel Solomon Street, downtown Jerusalem. The Music Center is a terrific initiative, part of the revival of Nachalat Shiva. A group of excellent restaurants all open to the courtyard, where there is outdoor seating and live musical entertainment when weather permits. All of the restaurants in the Music Center are mehadrin, Rabbanut Yerushalayim.
Note the Music Center museum. See the description at the end of this write up.
Nahman Cafe Restaurant is a cozy, quiet restaurant. The sleek black decor is modern and inviting. There is something familiar about Nahman, and here's what it is....
Many years ago there was a restaurant on Jerusalem's Havatzelet Street called Rachela.
Cute and charming, Rachela cafe had a great eLuna following. Unfortunately the cafe could not survive the upheaval in downtown Jerusalem during the lengthy construction of the light rail. You may remember that period. The cafe closed and Rachela was off the map for a few years. She has now resurfaced at Nahman Restaurant. Quaint and cozy are Rachela's specialty and Nahman will surely be no exception.
Why the name Nahman? Nahman was one of the founders of Nahalat Shiva and a descendant of Yoel Moshe Salomon, for whom the street is named.
Why an Italian menu? Rachela, it turns out, is originally from Italy. We all do what we know best, and so the Italian menu.
About The Nahman Menu
The Nahman Cafe menu centers around pizza, pasta and fish dishes. There is a lovely breakfast and a brunch served till 4pm. There are vegan and gluten free options as well.
The calling card of the restaurant is the taboun, brick oven, where lots of menu favorites are baked. Pizza from a brick oven is like no other, and will be enjoyed. Focaccia and Calazon are also baked in the taboun oven. There are pasta dishes and fish dishes to choose from. We are lasagna people, and when we visit the restaurant this will surely be our choice.
We surely will not miss the desserts. We look forward to tasting our favorites: Panna Cotta and Tiramisu.
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From the Menu: Israeli Breakfast NIS 58. Nahman's Eggs Benedict NIS
58. Mediterranean Ceviche NIS 55.Goat Cheese Crostini NIS 49. Pizza Margarita NIS 54. Focaccia NIS 36. Calzone NIS 69. Quattro Formaggi NIS 69. Salmon Fillet NIS 110. Fish & Chips NIS 75. Eggplant Lasagna NIS 69.
The Jewish Music Museum
On our last visit to the Music Square we visited the Jewish Music Museum. We enjoyed the sophisticated multimedia displays including a personal tablet for each visitor with explanations of musical instruments and their sounds. Using the tablet visitors can work through the museum at their own pace. There are very charming animated films with some advanced technology. The jewel in the crown is the virtual tour of the Beit Hamikdash. It is just like being there, and you don't even have to be a Cohen. Wow.