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Jerusalem Restaurants

Darna

Updated 05/16/2013

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A vaulted tunnel sets you down in a corner of Morocco, complete with imported floor tiles and inlaid chairs. The fixed-price menus are a veritable banquet; ordering à la carte, though, offers more flexibility. The salads are quite different from the local Arab meze, but don't miss the harira soup of meat, chickpeas, and lentils flavored with cumin, or the pastilla fassia, phyllo dough stuffed with almonds, cinnamon, and Cornish hen (vegetarian versions

are usually available). The tagines, or Moroccan stews, are excellent, but the house specialty is the more expensive roast baby-lamb shoulder with almonds, served on couscous. Finish with refreshing mint tea (served with fine ceremony) and the wonderful toubkal delight, sweet phyllo dough with cinnamon and almond milk.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

3 Horkonos St., Jerusalem, 94235, Israel

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Phone:

02-624–5406

Website: www.darna.co.il

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Fri. No lunch Sat.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 05/16/2013

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May 9, 2009

Not what it used to be

As with so many restaurants it started out well and has now gone downhill fast. We were embarassed for our host who thought he was taking us for a treat. The waitress was pushy. She ordered what she wanted us to have and I did not even get a meal. We shared. Our hosts lamb was nothing but fat and the cornish game hen had been starved to death. This place is way over-rated for its present condition. In the end our host said he wished he taken us for

a felaffal.We agreed.

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By sgreif

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Apr 19, 2009

Excellent Moroccan Food in a Fun Atmosphere

The walls are decorated in a Moroccan food, and many of the specialties are here in a relaxed atmosphere with very good service. Huge portions, including a salad sampler appetizer that's easily enough for 3, along with excellent tagines and couscous.

By elaine

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Sep 28, 2005

Moroccan delight

In July 2005 we had a set menu at Darna, for 6 of us. The amount of food was astounding, though most of it disappeared. The mezes (little plates of appetizers) were excellent, though beware of the green pepper dish that the waitress warned us was spicy. That was an understatement! The pastilla was excellent as the previous reviewer mentioned, the lamb shoulder was tender and flavorful, the huge platter of couscous with beef was good, though the

beef had lost some of its flavor with long cooking. I hate mint tea, except at this restaurant where it is a treat, as was the dessert of phyllo with almond cream and nuts. Don't miss the lemonade, it is a specialty. We highly recommend this restaurant, which also happens to be strictly kosher.

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By Alan

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Feb 9, 2003

Moroccan food at it's absolute best

This is one of the best restaurants in Israel. It is not cheap. But it is worth every penny, cent, centime etc. Be prepared for a food orgasm!!

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