One night as we were leaving the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and on our way out to the Damascus Gate, we stopped at Family Restaurant in a little alley. It was quite large inside, clean and has a reasonably varied menu.
We were offered some mezes which are small salad-type plates. The yellow peppers were extremely hot. Stan and Judy tried them and Chris and I learned to avoid them from their reactions. One plate was a bland salsa, one was a salad with lettuce, tomato and cucumber and the best was an eggplant salad probably unlike anything I've eaten before.
I had a pomegranate juice which was quite good. Pomegranate is readily available in the Middle East, and often mixed with orange juice. I wish we had it as an option in the U.S.
Judy got lamb kebab which was cooked well and had a nice taste. Stan got the mixed grill which was three kebabs, one of chicken, lamb and kibbeh. I got St. Peter's fish which is a whole grilled tilapia. It was kind of bony, not as meaty as many tilapia I've had and just a tad bit overcooked, but a nice flavor.
|St. Peter's fish|
It was not great food or a great atmosphere, but it was late at night (we started eating about 8:00 p.m. - they shut the gate as we left) and it still felt a bit adventurous on our second day in the Middle East while we were till developing our cultural legs.