Concierge.com's insider take:
Set in the exec-friendly David Citadel Hotel—a favorite of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice—Scala is the first truly high-design restaurant in Jerusalem, with interiors by cutting-edge Italian architect Piero Lissoni. Set just beyond the hotel's family-packed all-day café, Scala is much more grown-up, with clean-lined, dark wooden tables; low recessed lighting; and a towering display of wines, heavy on top Israeli vintages. Scala has stellar foodie bona fides along with its design pedigree: Chef Oren Yerushalmi hails from WD-50 in New York and Tel Aviv's Catit, which many consider Israel's best restaurant. At Scala, Yerushalmi serves kosher (i.e., dairy-free) versions of the pan-Mediterranean cuisine he mastered at Catit, such as beef short-rib casserole with chestnut tortellini; entrecôte with tahini and eggplant; and seared sea bream with roasted peppers, eggplant, and olives.
Open Saturdays through Thursdays 7 to 11 pm.