Azura can be found the middle of Machane Yehuda, in a lively courtyard, right next to a café where seniors play backgammon every day. A real neighborhood eatery, Azura is noisy and colorful. You will be simply greeted in a room with tables covered in red and black checked tablecloths, carefully covered in plastic, with an open kitchen separated by the many stovetops on which enormous pots are sitting. This place serves now-legendary Jerusalem style and Iraqi cuisine featuring only home-made stewed dishes. Before tackling the heart of the subject, try the delicious, very creamy, authentic hummus, served with an excellent olive oil. Or have the moussaka, made with chopped herb-seasoned beef and a spicy tomato sauce. Continue with the beef Sofrito, a typical Jerusalem dish, a beef stew with pre-fried potatoes, which maintain their shape while being deliciously tender. And above all, make sure to try the beef tail with peppers and chili . The meat melts in your mouth and the velvety red sauce is fragrant and delicious with superb flavors of cumin, and chili for some real comfort food. Azura, like all of Shuk Machane Yehuda, has been somewhat impacted by the gentrification of the area and the transformation has made it the trendiest spot in Jerusalem. But it remains a genuine institution, which has managed to preserve the essential: authentic, delicious cuisine, served generously in a popular, joyous atmosphere.