Knives are out for sushi in the lobby

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

VIS­I­TORS to Jerusalem who are sushi lovers should head for the new — and glatt kosher — Sushi Ma­nia, in the lobby of the Jerusalem Plaza ho­tel, op­po­site the Great Syn­a­gogue. The ho­tel man­ager Yossi Su­dri and the cel­e­brated chef, Shalom Ka­dosh ( be­low left), have taken a deep breath and brought to Is­rael sushi mas­ter, Oya­mada Ya­suto ( right), whose flash­ing knives and pin-per­fect pre­sen­ta­tion are now on dis­play ev­ery day ex­cept Shab­bat, to the great de­light of Jerusalem sushi fans. Serv­ing the fresh­est of lo­cal fish and sal­mon flown in daily from Nor­way, Sushi Ma­nia is prov­ing a real hit. A New Yorker with a large fam­ily liked the restau­rant so much that in a three-day stay at the ho­tel he had man­aged to spend $1,500 on sushi. Reg­u­lar sushi fans will get away with con­sid­er­ably less.... Sushi Ma­nia, Jerusalem Plaza Ho­tel (http:// sher­a­ton.co.il; 00972 2 629 8620).

THE more chilled among you who may be head­ing for Tel Aviv any time soon my wish to visit the web­site www.tourist2night. co.il, which has been set up by a lo­cal grad­u­ate who seems to know that un­der-30s will want to visit night­clubs and drink cock­tails. The site lists — and more im­por­tant claims to get you reser­va­tions at — the coolest bars and the hottest night­clubs and restau­rants (www.tourist2night.co.il).

JET2.COM, the air­line which flies to Tel Aviv from Manch­ester, is of­fer­ing free bag check-in and se­cu­rity fast track on flights to the Is­raeli city this win­ter. Hol­i­day­mak­ers who book a Tel Aviv flight de­part­ing be­tween De­cem­ber 3 and March 11 next year will be able to take a 22kg bag for free as well as be­ing fast-tracked through se­cu­rity. Flights dur­ing the pe­riod are from £99.99 one way with taxes. To get the free bag­gage al­lowance, en­ter the pro­mo­tional code BAGTLV when book­ing re­turn flights (www.Jet2. com/pro­mo­tions).

THE Ch­ester Grosvenor and Spa is of­fer­ing an ap­peal­ing week­end break for fash­ion­istas in the el­e­gant Cheshire town. The Style Trai of­fers VIP shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences and dis­counts com­bined with a two-night pack­age at the ho­tel, which is just a Louboutin-shod stroll from the 700-year-old Me­dieval Rows, fea­tur­ing de­signer bou­tiques to high-street names. There are cut-price de­signer la­bels at nearby Cheshire Oaks, Europe’s largest out­let vil­lage. The ‘pack­age costs £275, per per­son (based on two shar­ing a deluxe room) for the two-night break, in­clud­ing break­fast and din­ner on one evening in the ho­tel’s Miche­lin­starred restau­rant (01244 324024 ; www.chester­grosvenor.com).

KOSHER cook­ing pro­grammes are again on of­fer in Italy and France with New York-based travel op­er­a­tor, Ralph Slone. The pro­grammes, in Tus­cany ( above), Emilia Ro­magna, and Provence, com­bine kosher cook­ing lessons, shop­ping, sight­see­ing and the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a guest rather than a tourist. Par­tic­i­pants can meet mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­ni­ties and pro­grammes are un­der re­gional kosher su­per­vi­sion. The cost is $3,500 (£2,148) per per­son, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fast, some meals, classes (in English), and wine with meals but not flights. Provence is April 19-26 and Italy May 3-10, June 28 to July 5 and July 5-12 (www.cookeuro.com; 001 212 794 1400).

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