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Published July 21st 2011
Last Sunday night I was happily reunited with a restaurant I had almost forgotten amidst Adelaide's thriving restaurant scene.
Jerusalem Restaurant is a dimly lit hidey-hole on Hindley Street, completely overpowered by all the neons outside. On the inside, the service ranges from curt to ridiculously flirty - depending on the night - but the food is always true to Middle Eastern traditions.
Menus are really superfluous in a place like Jerusalem; just order what everyone else has. No doubt it will be the house special: a rotating smorgasbord of dishes plonked, not placed, on your table with speed. Generous serves of Lebanese bread and hummus are the accompaniments to falafel balls, chicken wings, deep-fried cauliflower, a pile of delicious greens mixed with couscous and whole potatoes stuffed with vegetarian or meat filling, depending on your preference.
The place is BYO, so bring something inspired by Arabian Nights or just your favourite red to share.
Dessert is not included in the smorgasbord, but don't let that stop you from indulging. The baklawa and semonlina-in-honey servings are delicious but small, although you will probably be bursting from the main to really care. All up, main and dessert will come in under $30. Having never actually chosen from the menu, I am sure you could eat here for under $20, but you would be cheating yourself of the true Jerusalem experience and looking at everyone else's tables with envy.
For a truly authentic end to your Middle Eastern night, slip next door to Horus and share a shisha pipe while sipping the ridiculously good hibiscus tea or Turkish mud coffee. Lila Tov!