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16 King George
With the days of my grandmother’s homemade borekas recently behind us, I can’t help but think of our singular borekas outing in Israel. While the borekas absolutely does not compare with my grandmother’s, it could certainly do in a pinch.
Mama’s Borekas is open 24-7 and I could have actually imagined myself going a lot more often, if my grandmother hadn’t spoiled us with her delicious borekas.
We ordered a potato mushroom borekas, which was quite heavy, but in a nice, filling sort of way. The potato filling was well cooked, creamy, and perfectly proportioned. The accompanying tomato sauce was cool, giving a nice light touch to the starchy treat. The dough flaky and, while just a bit too oily, not overwhelmingly so. All in all, quite a satisfying treat.
The cheese and olives borekas was also quite tasty. Filled with salty Bulgarian cheese and olives, it had a sharper flavor than the potato borekas.
Each dish came with an assortment of sides, including the tomato sauce, tahini, some pickles, and an egg. It was perfectly filling and, at 21 shekels, doesn’t break the bank for a late-night snack. For 32 shekels, they throw in a 1/3L of beer; for 35 shekels, a 1/2L of beer.
If you’re looking for some variety, they also serve malawach and jachnoon.