FIRST COURSES Harira Marrakshia- Traditional Moroccan soup with fresh coriander, chickpeas, lentils and veal served with fresh dates and lemon Selection of Fine Salads- Zaaluk [eggplant caviar], carrots with cinnamon, beet greens with lemon, lentils, cucumber with orange blossom water, spicy black olive Briouat Medley- Savory phyllo triangles & cigars filled with meat, fish or vegetables Pastilla Fassia - Phyllo pastry stuffed with cornish hen and
almonds decorated with powdered sugar and cinnamon Fish Pastilla- Phyllo pastry stuffed with grouper, vermicelli
and fresh spinach in chermoula sauce Vegetarian Pastilla- Phyllo pastry stuffed with zucchini, eggplant,
green and red bell peppers, carrots and fresh herbs s with bitter oranges, tomato confit, marinated eggplants
COUSCOUS Couscous Tfaya- Chicken couscous in a sweet raisin and onion sauce Atlas Mountain Couscous- Beef couscous with seven vegetables: pumpkin, red and green bell peppers, onion, carrot, celery, turnip & cabbage
TAGINES Safi-style seabream tagine with tomatoes and peppers stuffed with
saffron rice and marinated olives Chaaria Medfouna with Cornish Hen- Boned cornish hen in a nest of steamed vermicelli sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon Essaouira Meat Ball Tagine- Meat balls and celery with preserved lemon Lamb Tagine with seasonal vegetables or fruits Veal Tagine m’khadder with seasonal vegetables
SPECIAL TREATS Tangia Marrakshia- Lamb shank cooked slowly in an earthenware jar with preserved lemon, onion and cumin Mechoui- Roast baby lamb shoulder with almonds Couscous Royal- Couscous with lamb, prunes and almonds Mrouzia- Lamb shank cooked with sweet onions
DESSERTS Moroccan Pastry Platter- Dates & nuts with marzipan, gazelles' horns, shbakia, crescents of toasted almonds, phyllo triangles & cigars with marzipan & honey
Darna, meaning “home” in Moroccan, is a dream-come-true, not just for the owner, Ilan Sibony, and for the Moroccan community in Israel, but for all those who dream about a true peace between ourselves and our neighbors. From its inception, Darna has done everything possible to fulfill its commitment to preserve the culture of Moroccan hospitality, from its culinary excellence to their warm welcome. Everyone who enters Darna will experience the essence of traditional Moroccan hospitality in all its glory. Located in a beautiful 200 year old building in the heart of Jerusalem, Darna brings us the story of Moroccan hospitality as it was woven over thousands of years, from the endless spaces of the Sahara through Tichka and Tudra to the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. A journey in space, in time and in taste, fingerprints of the people and tribes that conquered Morocco and were conquered by the magic of its delicacies. Darna has a special tasting menu where you can sample many of their authentic Moroccan fare. It is highly recommended that you get one of their tagine dishes, which is an earthenware crock in which the dish cooks slowly on a charcoal fire. One of the most interesting things about Darna is their wine cellar.
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A long hallway tiled with Zellige mosaic leads you to one of the enchanting hidden corners of the restaurant. Imagine an old wooden door supported by a carved arch. Walk down 12 wooden steps to a heavy iron door and you suddenly find yourself standing before the opening of a wine cellar of such charm seen only in fairy tales. Inside are shelves laden with the finest boutique wines from the choice kosher wineries in Israel. Near the exit to the cellar is a wine-tasting room, a magical arched hall inviting you to relax and enjoy the dishes of the house together with a glass of Israel’s finest wine. In Darna's cool wine cellar are stored more than 5000 bottles of Israel's finest wines, each carefully selected. Their wine stuart awaits you and will be delighted in recommending a wine most suited to your taste. In Darna Restaurant there are 200 settings in halls, private rooms and intimate corners, providing privacy at every event. Those interested in celebrating events outside of the restaurant will enjoy the services of professional catering, with a staff experienced in producing events all over the country.
Jess- 02/11/10 very disappointed...bread was tough, food was bland and there was no atmosphere. the potatoes in one of the salads were raw - none of the salads were good. also ordered the lamb and it was disappointing. we were also lied to by the door man when we asked if they played live music at the restaurant. he said there would be music later that night. once seated we asked the waitress who said they never have music. owner came to greet us but was very unfriendly. -- don't waste your money on Darna! Jerusalem is a big city, find another place to eat.
Reply #1 submitted by: Mordy on 08/02/05 It's a wonderful place, one of my favorites in the city.
Reply #2 submitted by: fatjoe on 02/20/06 Loved this place! smallish menu and pricey but well worth it. the ambiance was excellent with high ceilings, low lighting and attentive waiters. a bit of a wait for the food but when it came was worth it.