Jerusalemites are no different from other folks when it comes to procrastinating. My cousin Yona had heard good things about Little Jerusalem, the wonderful dairy restaurant at the Anna Ticho House, and she used the occasion of our visit to Jerusalem to try it out.
Better late than never.
After scrambling along a dusty path, partially blocked by construction, we emerged onto a sunny stone patio overlooking a serene olive garden and tables filled with happily chatting diners. It was a warm day, but Owner-Manager Nava Bibi, who previously had managed the kitchen at the King David Hotel, told us portable heaters make al fresco dining possible from April to November. Food is served inside in inclement weather.
Ticho House, now part of the Israel Museum, is the former home of Jerusalem artist Anna Ticho and her husband, Dr. Avraham Ticho. It contains a collection of her paintings, his Hanukkah lamp collection and a changing exhibit.
Passing on the traditional mezze platter, we opted instead for soup. My mushroom and cream soup at $9 ($1 US = 3.75 Israeli new shekels) was as rich and flavorful as its name, and could have been a satisfying lunch on its own. Ditto my husband’s choice of the restaurant’s signature onion soup ($10) served in a bread bowl and brimming with onions and melted cheese. But then came my husband’s Ticho Salad of lettuce, seasonal fruit and Roquefort cheese and seasoned with sweet pecans, which he happily devoured. I had some Anat’s Salad, ($15) a stir-fry of al dente pasta, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and scallions, with a strong dose of soy sauce and garlic and — being a frugal traveler — took the remainder with me. It proved just as good at room temperature when it made its reprise appearance back in our room.
We vowed to return on a Tuesday night for a “Jazz, Cheese and Wine” evening, but Americans can be procrastinators, too. Next trip…
– special correspondent Susan R.A. Honeyman
Little Jerusalem/The Ticho House
9 Harav Kook Street
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