Today is International Hummus Day. Yes, that absolutely does exist- and what a thing to celebrate!
We were incredibly excited when we realised we actually had a reason to go hummus hunting. I mean, its work right?!
In our festive spirit, we went,we saw and we conquered. All for you.
Instead of writing about your standard hummusaries that most of you probably know about, we want to enlighten you about some cool places that serve hummus with a twist.
This restaurant, named after its owner, Puaa Ladijensky is by no means conventional, so why would their hummus be? Here, they make their hummus from mung beans which gives it a surprisingly elegant taste. It is served with warm Iraqi pita, and if you’re hungry we’d recommend ordering a portion of their red tahini too.
At Puaa it’s easy to let hours pass by whilst sitting on the terrace- their breakfasts are excellent, and the fact they’re served all day is an added bonus!
Price: 26 NIS
Rabbi Yohanan St 8, Shuk HaPishpeshim, Yafo, +972 3 682 3821
In the centre of the crowded Shuk HaPishpeshim lies this excellent restaurant. It’s a hummuseria that couldn’t be further from a hummuseria. This is for many reasons- one of them being that they don’t actually serve hummus. Their expertise is masabacha and they sure are experts. Chef Felix Rosenthal, who previously worked at HaSalon under Eyal Shani, uses fresh local produce to create a large selection of daily specials. The calamari one is amazing but not always available, otherwise the baba ganoush is also recommended: masabacha topped with eggplant, tehina, hard boiled egg, and chickpeas.
At Chan Manuli, they aim to reinvent the holy trinity of hummus: hummus, ful, and chickpeas. Owner Chen Roznak told us “what we add to the masabacha is not a topping, it’s part of the dish itself”. On Friday afternoons, the restaurant is busy and lively, and it’s a great place to enjoy the paradoxical combination of masabacha and wine.
Price: 36-45 NIS
Beit Eshel St 7, Shuk HaPishpeshim, Yafo, +972 3 676 7884
Tanat is a hidden gem, situated in the darker side of blossoming south and it might just be the best vegan restaurant you’ve never heard of. That being said – not only it is super vegan friendly – it is also gluten free, as Injera, the traditional Ethiopian sourdough flatbread is made out of teff flour, which is gluten free. Injra Beintu is a signature dish which includes the injra bread, served with a variety of 4-5 dishes (stews and fresh salads) and eaten with your hands- and yes, (it makes everything way more fun. The shiro is one of the stews served on the Injra and it’s essentially an Ethiopian style orangey hummus stew: made primarily of chickpeas, onions, ginger and garlic, sometimes with broad beans or peas.
Bottom line: this is a healthy, vegan. Gluten free cheap eat and you should definitely go and try it (Today)
Price: 35 NIS for the platter
Tanat, Chlenov 27, Tel Aviv
Saluf and Sons
At Saluf and Sons, hummus is great excuse to binge on Yemenite baked goods such as lachuch and kubaneh, the Yemenite version of brioche. Dipping the spongey lachuch into the hummus makes for a whole new experience. They offer a few different types of hummus for an amazing price- only 23 NIS for a big plate! Also on the menu is one of the best jachnuns in town, and melawach baked in a pizza oven which makes it less oily and more fluffy.
This restaurant was opened up by the owner of Saluf Bakery’s son in early February and has quickly become the go-to spot for locals in the Levinsky area. To say the staff makes you feel at home is an understatement, and expect to be offered several shots of arak throughout your meal. The idea is to create an atmosphere of chamara- sitting back with strong drinks and good food and enjoying.
As if their prices weren’t fair enough, between 17:00-20:00 they offer 50% off the menu- making this the perfect place to wind down after a hard day at work.
Price: 23 NIS
Nachalat Binyamin St 80, Levinsky Market, Tel Aviv, +972 3 522 1344
Happiness Joint (Mifgash Osher)
At this light hearted eatery they serve Israeli food with a twist. During the week they outsource their hummus which they use for their falafel in pita, but on Fridays they prepare deliciously fresh homemade hummus. Let’s not forget that falafel is essentially fried hummus, so it is totally acceptable to eat on Hummus day. Here at the Happiness Joint, the falafel is made without coriander, and the outcome is golden balls of heaven.
Another surprisingly refreshing delight you’ll find here is the sabich salad (Yes! It exists – a sabich which is also a salad). A perfect solution for all those uncountable cases you’re incredibly keen on sabich but not as keen on the carbs.
This salad is all you could ask for in a salad – and way more: four shiny falafels, thinly sliced cabbages, tomatoes and cucumber, mixed together with bulgur, soft cooked chickpeas in Indian curry, brown Sephardic style hard boiled eggs and sliced fried eggplants. This multicultural fest-in-a-plate is then covered with tahini n garnished with nice little smear of rich labaneh cheese. Wash it down with their special” happiness juice”- sweet, refreshing and a taste that will leave you feeling as happy as ever!
We didn’t even say a word about the ambience yet. All in all, the happiness joint is indeed – a joint of happiness.
*In celebration of International Hummus day order your falafel or sabich, tell them you are from Tel Aveat, and receive a glass of happy juice on the house!*
Price: 25 NIS
King George St 105, Tel Aviv, +972 54 428 9765