A recent chance encounter with one of the former owners of the Village Green Restaurant led to an invitation to Café Mansfeld, the official name of the dairy restaurant at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Kobi Meltzer, the restaurant’s maitre d’, told me the chef was talented – and the food better than the café’s snack bar appearance suggests.
Mansfeld manageress Anat invited me to test that proposition.
I put the restaurant through its paces on a particularly busy night, when there was a concert in the museum’s sculpture garden. While most people placed their order at the counter and then sat down at a table to await their meals, others sat down first and waited for a server to take their order. Anat assured me that the café always offers full wait staff service.