Mona is a very elegant restaurant in an old stone building, “la maison des artistes” in the heart of Jerusalem. The tone is set with a fragrant, tasty refreshing fish soup served as an amuse-bouche. Then continue the tasting with “Chachat”, shortbread stuffed with goat cheese and smoked beets. It’s simple, but the combination is perfect with the strong, earthy taste of the beet balanced by the mild cheese, the smooth texture of which contrasts with the crunchy shortbread. The Hameiri cheese gnocchi are very attractive, with a lovely creamy sauce, tomato cubes, multi-colored cherry tomatoes, and PokChoi cabbage. The gnocchi are magnificent and anything but pasty, while the vegetables bring lightness and crunch to this delicious dish. The rumsteak is cooked just right, on a bed of different varieties of beans cooked al dente, which highlight the quality and flavor of the meat. For dessert, if you love chocolate, don’t miss the Cremo of Valrhona Chocolate », an incredible, creamy chocolate and olive oil quenelle, sprinkled with salt flower. Mona offers excellent quality products, and delicious, very original dishes. A meal here is a beautiful experience obviously orchestrated by a creative chef. We definitely will be back….