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| Restaurant Review: Cafe Eden: Breakfast at our Neighborhood Cafe

Zev Stub    
Monday, 19 June 4:01 PM
by Sybil Kaplan
Photographs by Barry A. Kaplan
 
Café Eden
4 Giladi
Talpiot/Arnona
Phone 02 672-4999
Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kashrut Hashgah Pratit
 
Recently, I completed two years serving on my synagogue board. The president presented each of the outgoing members with a gift certificate for two for breakfast at Café Eden, a neighborhood café, located in a 24-room boutique hotel.
We decided to go on our anniversary because the Israeli breakfast is unique. The vegetarian/vegancafe and hotel are owned by Israeli-bornYuval and his French wife, Line.
Tourists to Israel from throughout the world have publicized the “Israeli breakfast,” which, in the larger hotels as an enormous buffet.
 
                                                             The "Israeli Breakfast"
 
How did it originate?  During Israel’s pioneering days, members of the kibbutzim would eat a light breakfast before work in the morning then return late morning to the communal dining room for a hearty breakfast.
In the 1950s, hotels began to promote the “Israeli breakfast.”
This dairy meal is known to offer: fresh juices; breads; butter and jams; eggs which can be precooked or cooked to order; salads especially Israeli salad (finely chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers with parsley, scallions, cabbage and carrots sometimes added and dressed with olive oil and lemon juice);  cheeses such as the soft and hard goat and sheep cheeses, French influenced cheese, salt brined cheeses, and yogurt based white cheese (labneh)—just to name a few; fish such as salmon, tuna, herring and sardines; yogurts, cereals and pastries.
 
Israeli specialties such as shakshouka, the poached eggs which sit atop a tomato/vegetable sauce; techina (sesame seed dip); eggplant salads; fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, radishes and onions; olives; coffee and tea complete the extravagant displays.
Some places even offer Israeli breakfast all day long.
 
                                                                      A Small Hotel Israeli Breakfast
 
On the right side of the lobby, Café Eden has a dessert display case, a work station and 16 seats by tablecloth-covered tables with padded chairs; flowers in vases adorn each table. To the left of the lobby are couches and a section with tables for 15 plus the buffet. More tables are on the shaded patio.
Breakfast, which my companion tried and thought was simple but very tasty, had eggs, salad, cheese, dips, and bread for NIS38. Coffee was extra.
I was attracted to the Breakfast buffet which had tuna, egg salad, vegetable salads, cheeses, breads, cereal, coffee and juice for NIS42 and found it just right. The dark bread I toasted on the spot was especially good.
 
Tunisian Breakfast is fried egg in a cigar leaf, tuna, herring, olives and cheese for NIS38.
 
French toast is NIS25.
 
Muesli  is a breakfast and brunch dish based on raw rolled oats and other ingredients like grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, that may be mixed with cow's milksoy milkalmond milk, other plant milks, yogurt or fruit juice—NIS 22.
 
Red Shakshuka with tomatoes and red peppers is served with a salad for NIS38.
 
Green Shakshuka with mangold and chick peas is NIS38.
 
Bitchak are Uzbec pastries filled with pumpkin and onion, NIS25.
 
Goat cheese sandwich is NIS30
 
Eden Salad is NIS25; Fresh Salad is NIS28, Soup is NIS22
 
Vegetable or potato patties are NIS28; Cheese ravioli is NIS42. Sandwiches, pastries, hot beverages, soft drinks and wine are also on the menu.
 
A nice touch at the work station are jars of homemade orange and plum jam which sell for at  NIS15 a jar.
 
If you are not up to the extravaganza of the large hotels and want a very  delectable and filling breakfast or brunch, the Café Eden at the Hotel is a great place to go.
 
The author and photographer were guests of the restaurant.
 
       
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