Rochelle's is located on Derech Beit Lechem near to the corner of Miriam
HaHashmona'it, across from Beit Moses. While there is on the street
parking, and parking around the corner on Gedalyahu Street, it is sometimes
difficult to maneuver on DBL. Any of the Derech Hevron busses stop right
at the top of Gedalyahu - a very short walk down to Rochelle's.
Rochelle's is a very small place, with about 10 barstools for sitting at the counter or the 2-3 aforementioned tables outside, weather permitting. It is very cozy, charming and warm. There are barstools along a counter in the window, so if you sit there, you have a great view of the world passing by.
Rochelle's pride and joy are the Tunisian and Sephardi goodies just like Mom used to make, and still does. Of course, this does presuppose that your Mom is Tunisian. Mom is indeed the chef in the diminutive kitchen. And Mom's reputation has spread so that people come from all over the city to sample her delicacies.
There are soups - Kubeh (Meat-filled deep-fried dough), Bean, and Humous. Wonderfully seasoned, plentiful, and chock-filled with whatever kind of soup you ordered.
They have Fish Patties, Chicken Patties, Chicken in Wine Sauce, Chicken in a Lemon Sauce, Grilled Steaks, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Stuffed Cauliflower, and more. All are made fresh, on the premises. The tastes and smells that come out of that kitchen are fantastic.
Parts of the menu change daily, but rest-assured, it is all good. You can get authentic couscous almost every day of the week. Rich, filling, satisfying. Reminds me of the old country (Tunisia, remember?).
Now, don't be surprised when you walk in and see a deli counter. Rochelle's has all of the deli items too - turkey, pastrami, salami. There are also many freshly made salatim - egg, tuna, humous, tehina, olives, etc. You can get these on an oven-fresh baguette - yep, the bread is baked fresh in that miracle kitchen.
Shakshouka. On a fresh baguette. Get it with harif, if you like it spicy. And the prices are a bargain, too.