Like many of the city's hottest restaurants, Modern serves "new Jerusalem cuisine," which consists of traditional Middle Eastern favorites, made with quality ingredients and lent twists of contemporary flare. The eponymous signature salad opener is made with fresh green herbs, together with crushed nuts and a kiwi vinaigrette. The salmon sashimi sits atop lentil salsa, baby arugula leaves and lemon slices. Modern's mullet fillet is cooked with chickpeas and chard and served alongside pesto, red pepper sauce and sauteed onions, while the decidedly Mediterranean beef sofrito is properly stewy and hearty, laden with potatoes and parsley.
Sommelier and co-owner Tsafrir Ginsberg has compiled a wine menu with over 200 types of kosher Israeli bottles, so finding something appropriate to wash down the grub won't be a challenge. The dessert menu includes chocolate fudge in hot chocolate sauce with vanilla ice cream, a semolina cake topped by silan (date syrup) and tahini ice cream.
Although the food at Modern is a major draw, the interior design, which riffs on the iconic stark grid motifs of De Stijl movement taste-maker Piet Mondrian, does steal a bit of the thunder, thanks to celebrated restaurant architect Gadi Halperin.
Wine tasting evenings with live music take place here every Thursday evening, and business lunch specials are served on weekdays. The venue is available for hosting private events and can house from 50-350 people for a seated meal, light hors-devours standing buffet, or fancy cocktail. Modern is the venue of choice for large companies and businesses celebrating important events. From Knesset functions to events with President Shimon Peres, to diplomatic events, to bar and bat mitzva celebrations and weddings, Modern provides a picturesque location and outstanding service. All events boast generous buffets, elegant dishes and flatware and top tier service. Modern hosts groups and events with or without museum visits.
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