Global cities are often perceived up by tourists as sums of their ‘not to be missed’ sites and attractions. A savvy traveler seeks the experiential treasures of his host destination. In matters of cuisine, Tel Aviv enjoys a profusion of options able to sate the typical hedonist. Yet those seeking authenticity in its pared down, rustic sense, make the trip out to Hummus Abu Hassan.
Inhabiting a corner in the Ajami neighborhood overlooking the Jaffa port, Abu Hassan regularly tops the lists as the best hummus restaurant in Israel, and has become a site of culinary pilgrimages for fans throughout the country. The venue is usually overflowing with clients from the moment it opens its doors and until it runs out of the Chickpea-based dish, often before traditional closing time, at 3 PM. Those in the know order the Msabacha, a delectable meal consisting of whole-cooked chickpeas rather than the pasty texture of its culinary relative hummus.