Darna may be located in Jerusalem's Russian Compound, but if you allow your senses to wrest control away from your mind, which will probably happen when you enter the restaurant anyway, you would swear you were in Morocco.
Everything about Darna radiates authenticity: the Spanish-inflected Moroccan décor, imported entirely from Morocco and installed by artisans familiar with Moroccan tradition; the stone arches and painstakingly woven rugs; the fixtures on the tables and the lamps that light the interior; and most of all, the enchanting aroma of preserved lemons, saffron and ras el hanout in the air, promising diners strictly glatt kosher Moroccan cuisine prepared the way the North African nation's Jews, Arabs and Berbers have prepared it for centuries.
The menu, prepared with fresh and authentic ingredients sourced daily at the Machane Yehuda market, encompasses the breadth of traditional Moroccan cuisine. Moroccan connoisseurs will be delighted by Darna's uncompromising interpretations of pastilla, tagines ranging in origin from Tangier to Fez, couscous and special delicacies like mrouzia and mechoui (truly, Darna is a lamb lover's delight). And no Moroccan feast would be complete without the country's much beloved sweets, including the impressive m'hancha, an incredibly arduous-to-prepare coil of phyllo dough.
For diners who have trouble choosing from the delights at hand, Darna offers several multi-course fixed menus, ensuring you'll get a chance to taste the restaurant's very best.
From 12:00 until 15:00, you can take advantage of one of the finest business lunches in Jerusalem, for 75 NIS. The restaurant's spacious interior can be booked for events large and small – even weddings.
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