September 13th 2016
Eating at Darna isn’t just a food experience – it’s a multi-sensory adventure that will engage and inspire you.
This Moroccan restaurant is located in a beautiful 200-year-old building in the heart of Jerusalem, and cares as much about environment as it does about the spectacular food on the plate. From the mosaic-tiled floors to the colorful couches and cushions imported from Morocco, entering Darna will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world. The extremely knowledgeable wait staff also play into the theme, are are fully dressed in Moroccan garb.
A classic Darna meal will begin with a large circular tray of Moroccan salads and bread. Salads include “Zaaluk” (eggplant caviar), carrots with cumin, beet greens with lemon, spicy green olives with red bell peppers, cucumber with orange blossom water, and several others that are a feast for the eye as well as the palate. Be sure to order the pastille, a pastery of filo dough filled with chicken, fish or vegetables and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Main courses consist of a vegetarian or chicken couscous or tangines (earthenware crock in which the dish cooks slowly on a charcoal fire) featuring Cornish hen, meatballs, sea bream, or lamb. If you’re not sure what to order, ask you waiter for their recommendations – the wait staff is extremely knowledgable and can direct you towards dishes that you’ll love. (Lamb lovers should order the rack of lamb with cousous, almonds, and apricots, a large dish intended for 2-3 diners to share.)
Leave room for desert. The Toubkal delight is a sweet pastery with soy milk and orange blossom water, decorated with cinnamon and almonds. It’s a sweet, but not too sweet, dessert that goes wonderfully with tea, which is not to be missed. Like everything else at Darna, the tea service is a stunning, artistic production.
Lamb and veal are “Special Treats” at Darna, transforming these succulent cuts of meat into extraordinary Moroccan fare.
Main courses at Darna will generally run you between 90-105 NIS, with some of the larger “Special Treats” costing 125-310 NIS. First courses cost 32-43 NIS, with dessert adding 10-83 NIS. Darna also does catering. While a dinner at Darna may be pricey, you’ll leave feeling like you spent the evening in Morocco…without leaving Jerusalem!
Hours & Contact
Sunday-Thursday 12:00-15:00, 18:30-24:00
3 Horkanos St. Jerusalem Israel 94235 Tel: 972-2624-5406, Email: email@example.com