We know designers OPA do good things with restaurants, having enjoyed the Tel Aviv firm’s offbeat, eclectic interiors at Jacko’s and Chakra Café in Jerusalem in recent times. This time out, however, it’s a far more serious OPA that has created Adom, also in Jerusalem, but as it turns out – Gilad Zaafrany and Lotan Singer are equally adept at old school stylish as they are at mashing together incongruous modern items.
The location must have had a lot to do with it – a 19th Century railway station building requires a certain amount of aesthetic deference and a sympathetic treatment, and that’s exactly what it has received. The main outdoor dining area is lovely enough, having been largely left alone, but it’s the two inside rooms of Adom, the bar and the private room, that are the real highlights here. Panelling of dark, dark wood dominates, sitting on top of Jerusalem stone which is revealed as sections of wood are cut away. There are elements of old fashioned departure boards here, and the railway heritage continues with upmarket booths by the bar. We’d buy a ticket for this destination any time.