I am new to the Bring Your Own craze that’s getting more and more popular by the day in Dublin – but I am all for it! What’s not to love about getting your own bottle of plonk, for less than half the price of what you pay in restaurants, and bringing it along to enjoy with your dinner!? 🙂
I recently saw a deal online for Jerusalem on Camden Street and not being very familiar with the cuisine, decided to give it a shot!
It slightly out of the way of my bus route so off we trudged up Camden Street with our vino clinking away in our bag! When we arrived I have to say that it didn’t look too spectacular but I’m not one to judge on appearance alone 🙂
Inside was a different story. The place was almost full and full of energy and chatter. It’s larger than it looks from outside and the interior is dotted with traditional bits and bobs.
We got a very warm welcome and were seated by a very friendly greeter then made our way through the large menu. There’s lots of veggie options and a a lot of chickpeas and hummus knocking around – I adore it so that made me VERY happy!
To start we went with the Arayess – Lebanese bread filled with minced lamb, onion, garlic and tomatoes, and the Falafel which was served with hummus and Naan bread.
E’s Arayess was amazing, gorgeously soft lamb seasoned perfectly.
My falafel was ok… the flavours were there but it was just too dry for me to be honest. The hummus and naan were great though and I still scoffed it all so it can’t have been too bad!
I love getting a few tastes of everything so when I saw the Lamb mezza I went straight for it – Hummus, Baba ghanoush, Fatoosh, Tabouleh, Olives, Lamb samosa and feta cheese… I’d have hummus coming out of my ears when I left! It certainly doesn’t look like the most appealing dish with everything lobbed on but it really was good. I was sooo full by half way through it but just didn’t want to leave it 🙂
The pastry on the samosas was light and flaky …
E went for the Fassoulia b allhma – Lamb cooked in a tomato sauce with broad beans, garlic & onion served with rice. While the lamb and the sauce were good the rice was a bit of a let down, much too dry.
By now I could barely move I was so stuffed so we took a breather and just enjoyed our wine. Considering it’s a little bit out of the busiest part of town I’d thought it would be quiet enough but all evening there was hardly a seat to be had – lots of large groups of people piling in.
Onto dessert – we chose the Baklava which I’d often heard of but never tried, in fact I didn’t even know what was in it but the menu told me it was Filo pastry stuffed with honey & nuts and E went for the Qatayef – Pancakes stuffed with nuts, coconut, cinnamon & soaked in Rose syrup.
My baklava was fab, something different to my chocolate overload but still nice and sweet to finish off the meal.
The pancakes weren’t so great – again a bit dried out 😦
As you can tell, it was a bit of a mixed bag – some of the food was delicious, some not that great. I’d heard great things about their sister restaurant in Rathmines, Little Jerusalem, so I’d expected a bit more. We had a deal that offered 2 three course meals for €35 which was amazing value considering we just bought along our own wine… in fact I’ve no idea how they managed to make any profit at all from people on that deal! I’d be in no major rush to go back again considering there’s numerous BYO places popping up but a deal like that is pretty good value and some of the food was great so I wouldn’t completely discount it!
Jerusalem Restaurant, 77 Camden Street Lwr., Camden Street, Dublin 2
Ph: 00353 1424 4001