Talbiye is a small rather dark but cozy restaurant with an entire wall covered in shelves of bottles. While it is known as a wine bar with an impressive wine menu including an excellent selection of wines from all over the world, it is closer to a French bistro. The restaurant menu is well thought out, and not simply an excuse for the wine. It is also different from what you usually find in Jerusalem, with the focus clearly on European inspired dishes. Here you will find oysters, or liver chopped with onion jam, calamars with zaatar and labaneh, the only concession to local influences, a gourmet club sandwich with corned beef and bacon, a black lentil risotto, a solid beef bourguignon or a precious tournedos Rossini. The dishes are carefully presented, and the ingredients are excellent quality. Don’t miss out on the superb provençal style fish filet with ravioli, featuring a wonderful blend of textures with tender fish and al dente ravioli swimming in a creamy tomato sauce the tartness of which is balanced by lovely rosemary olive oil. And in keeping with the bistro vibe, try the very well done cheesecake, which is neither too sweet nor too tart, attractively presented in a small jar.