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Borderline Restaurant Café

Shimon Al-Sidiq Street Jerusalem Tel. 02-532 8342 Open daily from 12:00 noon till midnight or later 

This is yet another addition to Jerusalem’s restaurant row, Shimon Al-Sidiq Street. Borderline Restaurant Café occupies the premises of the Al-Wasiti Cultural Centre, which has since closed down. The charming old stone house has been transformed into a restaurant and bar. The restaurant occupies a long but rather narrow room that leads into a wider room that is dominated by a long, wooden bar and low seating all around. The halogen lighting fixtures hang on walls of exposed stone, giving a warm and inviting ambience. A fireplace was placed in the wall that divides the restaurant from the bar such that it is visible from both sides. A niche in the wall has been transformed into wine storage shelves. The tables and chairs are of heavy dark wood whereas the bar has padded chairs and stools.

The kitchen presently has a chef from Canada at its helm and her influence is evident from reading the menu that offers an eclectic mix of dishes that borrow from many cuisines. Starters feature cold and hot dishes such as calamari in a wine-based sauce and crab cakes on a bed of greens. In addition to hamburgers and sandwiches, which are served on thick focaccia-like bread, there are several pizzas and pasta dishes. Main courses include a nicely grilled salmon steak on a mound of mashed potatoes, T-bone steak, and beef medallions.

Desserts have not been overlooked. There is an unusual chocolate crème brûlée, coupe Denmark (an assortment of ice cream, fruits and whipped cream) and homemade cheesecake.

The restaurant also has a garden, with somewhat low tables and chair, that has not been officially opened yet due to the cool weather that has prevailed up to now.

Prices are moderate and the service is friendly. The aptly named Borderline Café is a welcome addition to Jerusalem’s restaurant scene.

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