Tomer Touti, who owns and runs Bagel Café on Jerusalem’s Emek Refaim Street with his wife, Shimrit, is a lawyer by training.
“I studied law after my army service and worked in restaurants to support myself,” he told us on a recent visit to his restaurant one balmy evening. “I realized it wasn’t for me – I was much happier in the kitchens than in the law courts,” said the 37-year-old, who opened his business in 2012.
In the large airy restaurant, surrounded by lush greenery visible through the glass walls, a mixed crowd sat and enjoyed the large variety of food on offer. The place is kosher le’mehadrin and attracts the Orthodox crowd, but many nonreligious people enjoy the friendly atmosphere and original food as well.