I have spent Tuesday wandering across the holy city. In Ramot Mall, the Jerusalem stone symbolizing the ancient structure of Suleiman the Magnificent is replaced by modern marble stone. It is a luxurious shopping center located at the end of Ramot neighborhood's main road, where the new branch of the Holy Bagel chain of restaurants is located. The latter follows the bagel tradition, aiming to spread the American – well, Israeli version of the American – experience.
Although Ramot's Holy Bagel carries the name of the chain and preserves the traditional bagel flavors, it has a rich menu that includes unique breakfasts, a variety of salads, and a selection of pasta and fish dishes.
While modernly designed, the restaurant's hall includes a classic counter with a see-through glass, where holy bagels are composed with layers and layers of fresh spreads and fillings.
Holy Bagel's space allows for large family meetings as well as intimate dates, and in general provides the right atmosphere for all kinds of audiences throughout the day. A wall separating the inside and the outside areas is made of glass, overlooking a Jerusalem mountain, thus avoiding the typical mall view.
Meals at Holy Bagel usually start with a bagel baked on the premises, served with a changing variety of spreads. It's recommended to continue with a fresh salad and rich vinaigrette dressing, and a fried plate, selection of cheeses and mushrooms in crispy coating. This is a unique breakfast, one of the restaurant's favorites, which can be ordered throughout the day. To complete the experience, a selection of desserts is made on the premises, out of fresh produce only.
In the near future, the restaurant intends to put together global concept nights, which should be a fascinating combination of Jerusalem-Israeli and French, Mexican, Spanish, Greek and other cultures and styles. Holy Bagel's coziness contradicts Jerusalem's occasional coldness, thus inviting everyone to enjoy a private experience.