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Best Kosher Sushi Restaurants in Jerusalem, Israel

Once you’ve had your fill of falafel and schwarma on the streets of Jerusalem, you’ll be happy to know that there is more variety to be had in Israel’s capital. Over the past couple of decades, Jerusalem has become a cosmopolitan city, with restaurants offering up cuisine from French to Chinese, Italian and Latin American.

In the early 90s, a new trend arrived in Israel – sushi. At the same time that the rice and seaweed rolls were sweeping the US, Tel Avivians were first sampling the Japanese delicacy. Today, there are hundreds of sushi restaurants throughout Israel.

In Jerusalem the kosher sushi trend has been driven by the arrival of American immigrants who are used to sampling maki and nigri at everything from weddings to bar mitzvahs and kiddushim at shul (and a big part of the reason that Emek Refaim St. is the sushi center of Jerusalem).

So here is a list of where to pick up everything from California rolls to sashimi in Jerusalem:

  • Sushi Rehavia – This is one of the most well-known sushi spots in Jerusalem, with four locations around the city (the first of which . The extensive menu includes soups, salads, stir-fries and dim sum and almost 70 varieties of sushi rolls plus sushi sandwiches, sushi cones and sashimi. Eight pieces of sushi range from 15 shekel for the simplest cucumber roll to 44 for a rainbow roll with sweet potato, cucumber, carrots, avocado, salmon, tuna and yellowtail.
    • 48 Emek Refaim St., 31 Aza St., 51 Hapalmach St. and 6 Rabbi Akiva St.
    • Jerusalem Rabbinate Kashrut – Meat
    • www.sushirehavia.co.il (Hebrew and English)
  • Japanika – This trendy sushi bar has locations nationwide, though it is one of the few kosher ones (plus the branch in Ra’anana). The hangout hotspot serves starters, salads, soups, steaks and noodle dishes, plus beer and wine. But don’t forget the sushi! From 11 shekel for a basic vegetable maki roll to 44 shekel for a fried “Santa Roll” with salmon, mushrooms, avocado and asparagus, there is something for every sushi lover here.
    • 1 Shlomtziyon Hamalka St.
    • Jerusalem Rabbinate Kashrut – Meat
    • www.japanika.net (Hebrew only)
  • Frangelico - Two branches in Jerusalem that used to be known as Kyoto Express are now Frangelico, but have kept a similar menu of salads, chicken, fish, noodles and, of course, about 30 varieties of sushi! From 16 shekel for a cucumber roll to 30 for the rainbow roll or maki tempura, plus everything in between like sashimi and sushi sandwiches, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.
    • Jerusalem Rabbinate Kashrut – Meat
    • 12 Hillel St. and Ramat Beit Hakerem Mall, Avizohar St.
    • www.frangelicobar.com (Hebrew only)

  • RYU - This upscale Asian fusion restaurant offers an enormous menu of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean dishes, from soups, salads, stir-fries, noodles, dim sum, steak and even a kids menu, plus dessert. The restaurant’s 18 varieties of sushi range from 19 shekel for cucumbers and sesame to 62 for the “Dragons Fire” special sushi with ahi tuna, wild salmon, striped bass and cucumbers, chive aioli, wasabi crumbs, scallions and sweet soy caramel.
  • Soya - While Soya calls itself an Asian noodle bar, it seems any remotely Asian restaurant in Israel has to have sushi. Aside from a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, grilled entrees and of course, noodles, Soya has over a dozen sushi offerings, from the basic green roll with avocado and cucumber for 30 shekel to 35 for the spicy tuna, onion, red pepper and chives. There are even selections with sweet potato, tofu and banana.
  • Sheyan - This upscale sit-down restaurant in downtown Jerusalem has an Asian-inspired menu of chicken, fish, beef and noodles, plus a small but customizable list of sushi. For 49 shekel you can get a roll with chive, cucumber, avocado, tomago and carrot, or for 94 one with red tuna, sea bream, sea bass & salmon nigiri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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