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13 June 2013

The stunning interiors of the Dar El Jeld restaurant


Dar El Jeld is a restaurant which is in the heart of the Medina in Tunis.  It epitomises the best of traditional Tunisian cuisine.  The restaurant is in a grand old house with gorgeously coloured Tunisian tiles, beautiful hand-made tables and chairs from a Tunisian furniture company called Le Ken and an interior design which appears to be straight out of Arabian nights. This old house was formerly the private residence and family home of a wealthy Tunisian merchant and was converted into a restaurant in 1989.  It is tastefully decorated with large chandeliers glistening in the light and oil paints on the walls depicting a Tunisian way of life.  It has a magical atmosphere both intimate and refined.  It feels as if you are dining in the home of an affluent merchant.  The waiters are attentive and glide through the restaurant serving the diners laden with silver trays bearing sumptuous feasts. 

I think the original house dates back to around the late 1800's although I am not sure when exactly so needless to say the tiles are painstakingly made by hand and are not mass produced in a factory and the meticulous workmanship in the house also dates from a time when the craftsmen really knew their profession and had the patience and took pride in their work to produce such a high standard.


I was there recently with a friend and we rung the door bell towards the end of lunch one day when we were visiting the Medina and asked if we could possibly be taken on a tour of the inside of the restaurant?  The head waiter was very obliging and even assigned us with a liveried waiter who took us from room to room and allowed us to take photographs.  Even if you are not dining there it is worth seeing the enchanting interior of this fine restaurant from a touristic point of view.  Although, I do not think they would allow a visit of this kind during busy periods.  It is best to come towards the end of lunch.  We were there around 2:30pm and there were only three diners left in the restaurant and they looked as if they had just finished eating their dessert and were sipping mint tea and digesting their meal.
Here then are some photographs of gorgeously coloured Tunisian tiles and beautiful interiors.  (My Polish friend Elka was with me and she took some of the photographs below so in all fairness where applicable I have credited the photographs which she took to her). 


Photograph by Elka









Photograph by Elka


Photograph by Elka





Photograph by Elka


Photograph by Elka

Here is the website of the restaurant Dar El Jeld for your information. 
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