Shamaim ~ シャマイム~ Israeli Restaurant

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Pining for authentic Israeli cuisine then head over to the oldest Israeli restaurant in Tokyo, Shamaim. A cozy 50 seat restaurant, tucked away in Ekoda, which is just 4 stops on the Seibu-Ikebukuro line from Ikebukuro station.

They have an à la carte menu & a variety of set menus like a Falafel set, Hummus set, Kebab set, etc. But the most popular fare is the ‘all-you-can-eat’ menu which is priced at ¥2400. It is not a buffet spread but the dishes are served to you. First come the starters : hummus & pita, falafel & tahini & salads. Followed by chicken schnitzel, kebabs, fried potatoes & majadra (rice with lentils), after which you can order for more until you have eaten to your heart’s content. You can wash it down with some reasonably priced Israeli wines. If you have space for dessert (extra charge) then try malabi (sweet milk pudding).

Reservations are recommended especially on weekends. If you are lucky you may catch the occasional belly dance show. But I guess they charge diners for that.

Definitely an oasis for my Vegetarian & Vegan friends, who know that such restaurants for them, here in Tokyo are hard to come by.

Their site in Japanese ~ http://www.shamaimtokyo.com/

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