Israelis take their grilled meats very, very seriously, and going out for “Shipudim” – the Hebrew word for “Skewers” is a very popular way to spend an evening (or lunch) with friends. The machne Yehuda market in Jerusalem offers more than a few places which specialize in grilling, and the most complete place of all is Fortuna. With a solid background in fine dining, chef Eyal Vaknin managed to crack to very elusive combination – a grilled meat restaurant that manages to be simple and basic yet extremely professional on every level. The salads (Salatim) here are not the mundane selection you may have encountered in other places – everything is homemade, fresh and vibrant. The French fries are probably the best ones you can find in Jerusalem, hand-cut and double-fried as they should be. And the meats? The vicinity to the market and its butchers allows for a steady flow of only the freshest cuts – from more accessible hits like Kebab, Merguez sausages, Entrecote or Beef fillet, to rather exotic offal parts like spinal-chords or sweetbreads. This is also a good place to try what is perhaps the most iconic dish of Jerusalem – “Meorav” – mixed grill – a mixture of chicken parts all roasted together and heavily seasoned with a secret mix. Be it on a plate or in a Pita, and addition of Amba, the orange, tangy Mango sauce, is a must.