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Sofia Restaurant
The Inbal Hotel
3 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem
Tel: 02-675 6689

Kashrut: Rabbanut Yerushalayim

Open Sunday - Thursday 12:30 pm till 10:30 pm. Friday till 2:30.
After Shabbat till 11:00pm. Closed Shabbat. Reservation Recommended.

This write up was submitted by Fredi Engelberg [fredie@netvision.net.il]
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Revised July 06
SETTING

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the lobby, on the entrance level of the Jerusalem Inbal Hotel, sits a little pocket of elegance called Sofia. As befits the posh hotel that hosts it, this
gourmet dairy restaurant is high class all the way.

Sofia restaurant achieves a level of elegance that only a 5-star hotel can allow itself. No expense is spared for creating a luxurious feeling. Yet, the restaurant is casual, so that folks can feel relaxed and laid back after a long day in Jerusalem. Hotels are not just for tourists. For city residents these spiffy refuges are a reliable escape from the banality of everyday life.

Enjoy the Friday buffet brunch at the Sofia Restaurant.
Fridays 10:00am - 2:00pm
The elaborate buffet includes salads, quiches, hot items, blintzes, omlettes, smoked fish, sweets, coffee and more.
NIS 89 per person
eLuna 10% discount is honored at the Friday buffet.

FOOD
The Sofia menu, as well as the food at the entire hotel, is under the tutelage of Chef Itzak Barak, formerly of Herod's in Eilat. We have enjoyed his meat menu at the Grill on the Terrace. Now let's see what he can do for dairy!

The menu has the requisite hard-to-pronounce but easier-to-read Italian staples. We were grateful that the menu specified that many of the anti pasta dishes (38-45 shekels) were suitable for sharing, and share we did. My partner chose the Trio Fungi Broskata. That's an easy one—three kinds of mushrooms on a toasted brown bread. I chose another bread appetizer, the Crostini Special because it came with fresh baby leeks and asparagus and goat cheese. The fromage was tasty and savory. I must admit that I missed the fact that the leeks were only "babies". The asparagus were luscious even though they were beheaded for kashruth reasons.

The sour dough bread was crusty and earthy. The bread deserves special mention. It is made on site and takes a full 48-hours to prepare. This is certainly a highlight of the dinner. It came with three spreads, avocado, eggplant and roasted peppers, which were all good on their own. I enjoy the opportunity in a dairy restaurant, to have butter with my bread, and it was promptly brought to the table.

Keeping with the Italian theme, the restaurant offers home-made pastas (52-59 shekels). We decided to go for the fish. We ordered Sea Bass and Lebrak which are filleted for the bone-challenged. The sea bass was served in a grilled pepper sauce and the lebrak was served on a bed of rosti, which is a fancy word for a latke. The sea bass came with leek slices, sweet potatoes and the headless asparagus again. The service and presentation was elegant - befitting of a 5-star hotel.

The desserts are all our Italian favorites, Cassata, Tiramisu and a very sinful chocolate souffle. We dallied over our coffee and tea, "buying" more time in this picture-perfect setting.

PARKING
There is ample parking on the street and plenty of underground parking in the hotel for guests. It should be noted that we arrived at an unfashionably early hour, but it was timed perfectly with the sunset.

SPECIAL
Sofia offers two business meals that are excellent values for lunch and dinner. The eLuna discount coupon is honored for both of these specials.
* The business lunch at NIS 79 per person. Hours are 12:30-5:30.
* The evening chef special for nis 89 per person including a soft drink. Hours 5:30pm - 10:30pm.

From Our Readers:
Submitted by:
rojersey, Date: 22 Dec 04, Description: Yesterday we indulged in the fabulous Business Lunch at Sofia's, the sparkling new restaurant at the Inbal Hotel. Our review must be considered a rave. Our charming server, Noa, was completely professional and very helpful. The food was outstanding from the complimentary starter of sliced bread offered with various spreads including a remarkably tasty dried tomato. For his first course my husband chose the onion soup which didn't disappoint. I was wowed by the luxurious Sofia Trio which was magnificently presented and totally delicious. For main courses we again parted ways. He chose the salmon which was perfectly turned out with a lovely assortment of perfectly prepared vegetables. I opted for tortellini which came with a sauce that was both light and delicate a reminder of the superb sauces that the French do so well. The price for our lunches was, with a terrific eluna coupon, a truly incredible 64 nis plus vat. Run right over. You cannot do better in all of Israel.

Submitted by: Gavid Date: Dec 29, 04, Description: Aside from the excellent and very pleasant service from the restaurant staff- the food is delicious! I especially recommend the salmon fillet dinner. I am completely addicted. The pastas are good as are the other fish entrees. I also recommend the onion soup! b'tayavon!


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