Shosh, now a local institution in the Katamon neighborhood, was founded four years ago, by Jerusalemitee Nir Efrati. Shosh is a truly neighborhood café in Rehavia, where people come to eat on a regular basis.
The 100 or more year building in Rehavia offers you the choice of sitting at white tables with wicker chairs on the covered front porch or the wood-floored side patio which together seat 40. In the glassed front main room, it is simply decorated with dark wood tables and chairs, a “Shosh” wall painting and a glassed pastry case by a bar, a room which seats 28.
Roasted Vegtables and Labaneh Cheese Antipasti. Image Barry Kaplan
The extensive English-language menu really offers a huge variety of breakfasts (14 ranging from 22-58 NIS), lunch and dinner choices–8 sandwiches on house bread with fresh vegetable accompaniments (42-44 NIS), 11 salads (served with house bread, 44-54 NIS), 4 appetizers (20-30 NIS), 5 toasted bagels with salad (44-46 NIS), 2 soups with bread, 9 specials (45-55 NIS), 3 quiches served with salad (49 NIS), 16 home-made pasta dishes (55-58 NIS), and lasagna of the day with salad (58 NIS).
One can also order 4 hot drinks, cold drinks, beer and wine.
From Shosh’s specials, we first tried the Forest Mushroom dish–oyster mushrooms and cherry tomatoes sautéed in butter on a bed of spinach greens. The house bread is a mini loaf of 50% sour dough (specialty of the Machaneh Yehudah Teller Bread company) and 50% white. Even for a non-mushroom lover, this was exquisite.
This was followed by a special not-on-the-menu–grilled salmon with herbs–equally delicious–and served with a side of fried peppers, carrots and onions.
Interior of Shosh in Rehavia. Image Barry Kaplan
As an aside, I tried the ice cafe made with crushed ice and served in an old-fashioned, American-style ice-cream-soda glass. My companion was served his favorite–café afukh or cappuccino, made with a picture of the Shosh woman and the words “Shosh Café” in Hebrew–all on the top foam!
Next was a taste of the ricotta and spinach ravioli with cream, spinach, and roasted pepper sauce, served piping hot and great tasting.
Hearing that my companion was a mushroom aficionado, they sent him a portion of the mushroom ravioli with cream and sun-dried tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. This had lots of mushrooms but they were not overpowering but definitely for the mushroom lover among you.
Grilled salmon. Image Barry Kaplan
The picturesque antipasti featured eggplant, sweet potato and squash with cherry
tomatoes, garnished with chopped red onions and chopped lemon pieces, Lebaneh cheese and the whole dish garnished with black Greek olives. Amazing!
Our final tasting was grilled sweet potato filet with oyster mushrooms and a cream and mushroom sauce–elegant.
We didn’t taste any of the desserts which includes 12 dessert waffles (35-44 NIS), 6 sweets, and 11 smoothies (28 NIS), but another visit can definitely be just for one of those!
The author and photographer were the guests of the restaurant.