One of the moments of history Bulgaria is most proud of is the rescue of Bulgarian jews during the Second World War. Nearly 50,000 lives spared due to the bravery and wisdom of several notable Bulgarians at that time.
Unfortunately, only a small number of them stayed in Bulgaria during the Communist regime. According to different numbers, there are between 1,162 (official census) and 6,000 (unofficial community data) Jews now in Bulgaria. Despite that, Sofia, in particular, boasts with one of the most impressive synagogues in Europe. Not surprisingly, the area around it (once the Jewish neighborhood) still keeps some of its heritage.
Yet, until recently there was no place to try any food from that heritage. Problem solved with Jerusalem, the first authentic Israeli food place in Bulgaria! I am a huge fan of places with simple concepts and short menus. My favourite here: four different kinds of falafels, great hummus and a variety of salads to garnish them with. Makes for a very nourishing lunch. And great value as well.
Of course, if you like, there are also other dishes such as soups or shakshuka but I am a huge fan of the falafel menu. Keep in mind that I did not call this place a “restaurant” on purpose. It’s more of a fast food place when it comes to ambiance. However, the quality is very restaurant-like.