Location: 7 Heleni ha-Malka, Jerusalem 94221, Israel. +972 50-684-3988
Date: June 29, 2019
Rating: Very good, particularly for vegetarian
When I made a reservation at Pergamon, which was very well reviewed, I didn’t even realize it was vegetarian. Not a big deal, but it’s not typical for me to hone into the meatless domain — but in Jerusalem with the prevalence of kosher rules this is one way for them to be dairy.
Gratuitous city shot.
Pergamon is located on a pedestrian alley off a busy street.
We sat in a cute courtyard in the center of the restaurant.
Like many Israeli places, they have a bar.
We ordered some prosecco.
Dakos. Greek salad with toasted bread and feta cheese.
Beetroot, charred spring onion salsa, manchego cheese & pistachios.
Zucchini salad with arugula, basil, balsamic vinegar, hazelnuts & parmigiano Reggiano.
Polenta chips, tartar sauce. These were really tasty, even if “off diet” (carby).
Fried rice balls in tomato sauce with green beans, spinach & pomegranate molasses.
Grilled courgette with tomato and date salsa, feta cheese, walnuts & smoked tahini. Israeli’s LOVE tahini.
Parisian gnocchi with za’atar butter, charred eggplant, feta cheese & tomato seeds. These were also very good.
Roasted eggplant, tahini, pickles, tomatoes, parsley & a soft-boiled egg. This basic dish — i.e. roasted eggplant with tahini — is super popular in Israel.
Kanafeh, which is cheese and “noodles” with syrup or honey. Delicious stuff when done well, like this one.
Overall, Pergamon was quite lovely. The courtyard was cute and the food was very tasty — particularly considering that it was all vegetarian!