Recent spikes in the rate of anti-Semitic incidents in France have sent French aliya (Jewish immigration to Israel) numbers through the roof, making the French an increasingly visible group in Jerusalem. Dispiriting as the situation may objectively be, France's loss is Israel's gain, as French Jews bring with them a touch of the French approach to cuisine - and some seriously good baguettes.
Simone, a French kosher dairy restaurant on Hebron Road in Talpiot, is a good example of Jerusalem's growing French underground. The tiny restaurant serves a straight-up French menu – none of the pan-European fusion at other Israeli dairy restaurants will be found here – and the multi-course meals offer a soup, salad and a choice of quiche or crepe. Simone also offers a variable lunch special.
And as one might hope, the restaurant is home to a bakery, featuring tarts, cakes and more that would stand up against any Paris patisserie.
All the food is available for takeout. Live French music is featured on Wednesday nights.
Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 to 23:00; Friday 11:00 until two hours before Shabbat
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