Every global city worth its merit claims a certain dish as its gastronomic representative, an intrinsic part of its sociocultural genome. For Tel Aviv-Jaffa, that dish is Hummus. While politics and religious beliefs may vary by the individual, every true Tel Avivian will drop all else to conduct a pilgrimage to their favorite hummus restaurant. While some will travel to the outskirts of Jaffa or beyond, Centrally located Mashousha stands as one of the best places in town for the hallowed chickpea-based meal.
Lying by the boutique-laden Bograshov street, Mashousha offers a simplistic menu of Galilean inspired delights, highlighted by the eponymous mashousha, a bowl of thick hummus topped with soft chickpeas, the freshest olive oil and a finely-chopped basil spread. The traditional manner of eating the hummus is by scooping it up with pieces of pita or fresh onion, though some still prefer the more western-minded cutlery approach. Additional toppings such as fava beans, sliced hard-boiled eggs, and mushrooms are often ordered as well, in addition to a scoop of Tahini for added texture.
Unlike the perceived notion of hummus as a party dip or appetizer, the dish serves as a healthy, satisfying meal- a perfect option following a long session at the beach or for a lazy Saturday brunch. Be sure to order the Turkish coffee following the meal. In addition to its role as an ideal finale to the Hummus session, at Mashousha the traditionally brewed coffee is topped off with rose water for a sweet end to the bitter taste.