September 13th 2016
Dining at The Eucalyptus may well be one of the most memorable eating experiences you can have in Jerusalem with some of the freshest, most authentic biblical food around.
The Eucalyptus is located in the Artist’s Colony just outside the walls of the Old City in an ancient stone building with a huge scenic balcony. Come in time to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets that light the walls of the Old City each evening. You will find potted plants and wooden tables around the balcony, which is lit by spherical lights similar to Chinese lanterns. The walls are constructed from the famous Jerusalem stone. As founder, owner, and chef, Chef Moshe Basson contributes much to the ambiance of The Eucalyptus, not only with his food, but with his stories as well. The Eucalyptus is a family-owned labor of love.
The Eucalyptus menu is a modern interpretation of biblical cuisine. Chef Basson’s love of biblical culture has led him to find recipes, spices, and local and wild herbs that were part of ancient cuisine, but have been nearly forgotten over the ages. Each dish is based on biblical scenes. All of the spices and herbs used are grow in the surrounding hills of Jerusalem and Judea (as well as in the restaurant’s own garden out back), just as they did in ancient times.
Appetizers include a ceviche which combines fresh fish, seasonal fruit, cilantro and lemon; hot and crispy roasted cauliflower served in Har Bracha tahini and lemon tomato cream; and Syrian-style beef tartar with mint, red onion, lemon zest and Nablusia fries.
There are main courses for every taste. Eggplant steak grilled with Porcini mushrooms cream orgrilled wild mushrooms with Frikeh risotto, roasted butternut squash and cherry tomatoes will delight the vegetarian in your party. Fish-lovers have several choices including grey mullet with smoked green wheat risotto and grilled vegetables or St. Peter’s fish with potato puree, fennel cream and roasted root vegetables. Carnivores will be hard pressed to choose between such dishes as slow cooked neck of lamb with root vegetables stewed in a clay dish; a 300-gram grilled ribeye with grilled cherry tomatoes; or seared mallard breast with seasonal fruit, potato puree and red wine reduction. Vegans haven’t been forgotten, with offerings of vegan couscous with chickpeas, leaks and five grilled vegetables (which can have fish or braised lamb added) or eggplant stew in a sweet and sour tamarind sauce (which can have beef added). Desserts include almond and hibiscus cream and chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream.
The Eucalyptus’ tasting menus are the perfect way to experience all the restaurant has to offer. The most famous of The Eucalyptus’ dishes are combined with daily chef’s specials which change according to the seasonal ingredients available. There are three tasting menus available: Queen of Sheba Feast, Shir Hashirim Feast, and King Solomon Feast.
Appetizers run between 32-62 NIS. Entrees cost between 89-165 NIS. Desserts are an additional charge.
Tasting menus run between 217-350 NIS per person. The Eucalyptus can host events of up to 100 guess in their private event hall, or up to 200 guests in an outdoor seating area. While dining at The Eucalyptus is pricey, the cuisine and location make it worth the price.
Contact & Address
Phone: 02-624-4331, Email: email@example.com,
Address: Felt, 14 Hativat Yerushalayim st., Jerusalem