Majda is situated in the village of Ein Rafa, where Michal Baranes and Yakub Barhum, a mixed couple, built their blue house on a hill. The village is located on the main road to Jerusalem and is very much off-the-beatentrack. The view and setting together make you feel like you are on vacation. The ingredients are fresh and seasonal, and the staff is extremely attentive and friendly. The menu offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes with a creative twist such as stuffed chard leaves, fresh sardine balls and lamb shoulder. Make sure you try the Kubbeh Siniyah, a combination of 2 Arabic comfort dishes combined into one meat pie served on a bed of burghul, and topped with two kinds of homemade tahini sauce. Ramp up your experience with a dessert or two served with black coffee or tea made from locally grown herbs. We chose the almond, lemon, pistachio cake, which was served with sour cream and a piece of sugar orange. It was both beautiful and a tasty closure.