The counter restaurant, a quintessentially old-school American dining concept wherein the diners cluster around a countertop built around the open kitchen, may be fading out in America itself, but luckily it's found a place right in the heart of Rechavia, one of Jerusalem's most pleasant neighborhoods.
Comfortably occupying the corner of Aza Road and Ha'ari Street is Sigmund, a glass-walled enclosure where patrons cram shoulder-to-shoulder to dig into tasty, home-cooked Israeli favorites. Don't bring your claustrophobic friends.
There's usually only one cook, so the menu may vary a bit, but Sigmund churns out reliably satisfying quiches, crepes, shakshuka, couscous, salads and other hearty kosher dairy fare. A full selection of both hot and cold drinks is offered as well.
If you're not the counter type, there are a couple small tables inside (but they're rarely empty) and a couple outside, weather permitting, with books and backgammon provided for a leisurely meal.
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 to 2:00; Friday 10:00 to the afternoon; Saturday motzaei Shabbat to 2:00
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