A foodie trip to Majda

Inspiration for my latest foodie adventure was Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown – the West Bank and Gaza.” A couple of weeks ago, two friends and I took a mini road trip to the Arabic village of Ein Rafa outside Jerusalem and had dinner at Majda, which features in the episode. Majda is owned and run by a couple, who are also both cooks; she is Israeli and he is Palestinian and at Majda they combine their two culinary traditions with those of the Middle East and North Africa region and add a delicious twist.

Welcome! The reception at Majda.

Welcome! The reception at Majda.

Majda is a perfect oasis of green and calm and the place to enjoy lunch and/or dinner al fresco. Sit in the beautiful leafy garden, look across the rolling landscape and enjoy delicious food.

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Welcome to Majda. A red front door in a beautiful green leafy garden.

Herb garden on a yellow table

Herb garden on a yellow table

Equally adorable is the interior at Majda. With an artistic and unique collection of chairs, paintings, silverware and tablecloths, the place makes you feel welcome and right at home. There is a genuine sense of hospitality and warmth.

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One beautiful, unique dining room at Majda

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Every table has different table linens (and even a matching flower!)

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Letters and postcards sent by diners. And a second dining room in the background.

However, the most important thing at Majda is the food. Every dish is based or inspired by a Middle Eastern classic or tradition.

We had falafel shrimp as a starter (and I had to fight the boys for my share), a modern take on a fattoush salad, as well as selection of yummy dips with home made bread.

My main course was my absolute favourite (and one of my all-time-favourite Middle Eastern dishes), based on a Moroccan classic pastry dish, with wafer thin pastry stuffed with saffron chicken, cilantro, almonds, and cinnamon. At Majda they topped it all off with apricots and a fresh slaw and salad. DELICIOUS!

For dessert, we enjoyed a perfect apple, berry crumble and …. Arabic coffee!

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Sitting down at Majda. All tables are colourful or decorated with a mosaic.

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A delicious fresh “fattoush” salad

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Best part of the day! Sweet and savoury Moroccan pastry filled with chicken, almonds and apricots.

The perfect dessert! And the perfect end to a perfect diner!

The perfect dessert! And the perfect end to a perfect diner!

The verdict…the delicious food and a charming location make for a great dining experience! I will be going back!

*Note the website is in Hebrew only. For reservations call 00 972 (0)2 579 7108.

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Mosaic Guest House

A couple of weeks ago, the entire office headed up north to Sebastiyya in the West Bank and enjoyed a mini retreat. We had the pleasure of staying at the Mosaic Guest House, which opened last year and has been perfectly refurbished, with a modern kitchen, bathrooms, and beautiful rooms.

The Guest House is made up of a number of different adjourning houses that have been joined and create a lovely intricate complex. Trees planted throught and a number of different terraces give the whole place a perfect sense of happiness and hospitality, that makes you feel right at home. The Guest House gets its name from and is associated with the Mosaic Centre Jericho, which in an non-profit organisation that aims to protect and promote Palestinian cultural heritage in the Palestinian Territories. There are a number of beautiful mosaics throughout.

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One of the many mosaics found throughout

There are five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, all decorated in a different color and unique pieces of furniture. Done with care and attention they make it difficult to choose which bed you want to sleep in. Some rooms have two single beds and others a double bed.

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The turquoise bedroom

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I loved the attention to detail and play with colours

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The red bedroom …

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… with matching bed linen.

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Everything is beautifully tone-in-tone

If you like, breakfast and dinner can be provided. We enjoyed a simple and delicious breakfast, with toast, fresh fruit and nuts, yoghurt, fresh juice and delicious omelet. For dinner, we organised a fabulous barbecue and enjoyed a glass of cold beer, while looking across the beautiful views.

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A great view across Northern Palestine

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The brand new kitchen. Perfect to cook!

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Details in the dining area

I highly recommend coming up here. Enjoy the beautiful Mosaic Guest House, the fantastic roman ruins in Sebastiyya and relax a weekend away from everything. Perfect to go with a group of friends or family.