Somebody should probably eventually sit down the Israeli people and explain to them that the Hebrew word "mizrachi," at least insofar as it deals with food, should probably be translated "Middle Eastern" and not "Oriental," because "Oriental" implies a cuisine entirely different from the hummus, tabouli and lamb you'll find at a so-called Oriental restaurant in Israel.
Among the teeming ranks of such restaurants is Minaret, which touts its menu as Lebanese and, yes, Oriental. Inside a shopping center on Shlomtzion Hamalka Street, nicely-appointed and often sparsely populated (good for diners wanting a bit more privacy than is normally afforded in Jerusalem's often-packed restaurants), Minaret doesn't hold any culinary surprises, but it does its Middle Eastern fare well. Diners will be greeted with a procession of salads for dipping while they order (hummus, techina, various permutations of eggplant, falafel). The main dishes are lamb-heavy, including techina-baked lamb kebabs.
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