JERUSALEM – Soup’s on. Literally. The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is busy with its third annual soup festival pop-up concept restaurant. From now through April, the satisfying, all you-can-eat soup buffet will be running at the Inbal’s Sophia Cafe. The cost is 65 NIS, or about $18.50 per person.
This year, for the first time, the bill of fare will offer guests some dairy free and gluten free soup options for those with those specific dietary requirements. The pop-up is open to the general public as well as to hotel guests, who have the option of charging for meals to their rooms.
The Festival Opening hours are Sunday-Thursday 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.
Executive chef Nir Elkayam is credited with the creation of the soup festival. Eklayam inherited a large selection of recipes handed down from his mother and several generations of his family. Among the varieties he has offered in the past are mushroom soup, onion soup and minestrone.
Soups are changed every day and options are available for various garnishes and toppings such as croutons, fresh herbs and cheeses.
“Chef Nir Elkayam uses the finest and freshest ingredients and brings his own unique vision to his family’s recipes,” said Rony Timsit, the hotel’s general manager.
Situated in the heart of Jerusalem, not far from the Old City walls, the hotel is just minutes away from many of the city’s top cultural and historical sites. Marked by its Jerusalem stone exterior, the 283-room hotel is known as one of the most luxurious lodgings in the area. Its superior staff and world-class service secured the coveted 2016 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award and a recent Condé Nast Traveler magazine poll established it as the fourth best hotel in the Middle East.