Anyone who has been to Israel knows that the best place to get blended iced coffee is Aroma. In fact, I believe that Aroma in Israel makes the best iced coffee in the world. To be honest, it tastes more like a milkshake than iced coffee. It is a perfect blend of rich and creamy milk and a sweet coffee flavor with hint of chocolate. The best part is that you aren’t left with any icy slushy at the bottom of your cup since the drink is blended perfectly every time. Since I am a coffee obsessed individual, Aroma’s iced coffee would fit into my top three favorite things about Israel.
What else do I love about Aroma? They were one of the first cafes in Israel to start carrying gluten free bread. When I visited Israel in September 2011, before the gluten free craze started spreading, I was pleasantly surprised to see that aroma offered sandwiches on gluten free bread. I was living in Paris at the time, where if you said you could not eat wheat, they pretty much spit on you. What a refreshing experience it was to sit and enjoy our haloumi cheese and grilled Mediterranean veggie sandwiches while sipping iced coffees and frozen lemonada!
The gluten free bread was surprisingly tasty too, almost like ciabatta bread. Back then, only a few Aroma locations offered the gluten free bread. Today, every store has gluten free bread and gluten free marble cake (which doesn’t look appetizing at all so I would recommend sticking with the bread!)
Instead of serving a fully prepared gluten free sandwich to customers, Aroma serves the bread wrapped separately in plastic with the fillings and accompaniments on the side- almost like a make your own sandwich. I can only assume that they had a bad case of cross contamination since they are not a gluten free facility. And now, to air on the safe side, they still offer gluten free bread but take every measure they can to keep it separate until it reaches the customer. It’s a less accommodating way to be served, but safety first!
Cinema City, Jerusalem
One of the highlights of our trip to Jerusalem was discovering the Kosher Moses restaurant at the new Cinema City. Moses is a popular Israeli burger chain with many non-kosher locations throughout the country, namely Tel Aviv. They are acclaimed for having some of the best burgers in Israel. Now, they also offer gluten free burger buns at all of their locations. We ordered a side of chips (French fries) and they prepared those specially gluten free as well. Casual dining with table service and a young cool ambiance.
Black Bar n'Burger
Jaffa Street, Jerusalem
This burger joint is in the center of the city of Jerusalem, right off Jaffa St and close to the Mamila Hotel, Waldorf Astoria and David Citatel. It offers a full range of beef burgers, but only offers one gluten free beef burger option with a gluten free bun. I don't know why the other burgers can't be made gluten free- perhaps they use a filler. It's an easily located and in-expensive restaurant with a trendy vibe.