Night life in Jerusalem

More than four cups of Wine – At Red & White

Located on Shlomo HaMelech Street, just up the hill from the Mamilla Mall and along the border that used to divide the city between Israel and Jordan from 1949 through 1967, Red and White welcomes visitors with wine, cheese, jazz music and conversation.  The high ceilings, tall windows and candles on each table add to the sense of welcoming space. Although all are welcome, Jam especially likes to serve couples.
I love taking care of couples, setting them up with some nice wine and food, then letting them have the space for a conversation together,” Jam says.
It makes me really happy, creating a space for them to have a nice experience together.” Jam is also the only person working behind the bar and waiting on tables in this little place.  He selects all the wines himself, mainly from wineries around Israel.  They can be purchased by the bottle or in various amounts from his Italian-made wine dispensing machine. He serves artisan cheeses from a farm in the Golan Heights, and prepares all the food himself.  The menu includes lasagna made from sheep’s cheese, fresh tomatoes and mushroom sauce; cheese sampler plates; and fresh kalamata olives. If you order coffee, it will be from beans roasted by Jam.
I’m old-school like that,
he says.  Red & White opens each evening at 6 p.m., and stays open until the last person leaves, he says.  “One day it may be at 11, or it could be until 2 a.m.,” Jam says, adding that it’s a good idea for patrons to make a reservation. On a recent March evening, he spoke of plans to set up more tables on the sidewalk as the evenings get warmer, and how he plans to stay open during Passover.
But I will just have wine during Passover,
he says, explaining that he will close his kosher kitchen during the holiday, when Jews refrain from eating any leavened grains. “I like to keep it simple.” Besides, with so many Jerusalem restaurants open during the holiday, the copious amounts of food served at the long Seder meal, and the elaborate feasts served to guests in the city’s hotels, a quiet night of simply sipping wine will be a perfect outing, he says.
No matter how many people come, it’s important for me to be open,
Jam says.”  If I just provide a space for one couple, or one person, that’s enough.” Red & White is located at 8 Shlomo HaMelech Street.  The phone number is 02-645-1212, or it can be found on Facebook: