In Tel Aviv, people often discuss which restaurant has the best hummus. The overall winner is Abu Hassan
Abu Hassan, located in Jaffa, has been serving their customers for almost 50 years the finest hummus available anywhere. Opened by the patriarch of the family, Abu-Hassan, the restaurant is well known throughout Tel Aviv and Israel for its fresh, authentic and exceptional hummus. No one knows what the secret recipe is, but I feel it has to do with the perfect amount of garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Make sure you arrive for an early lunch or breakfast (yes, hummus is meant to be a breakfast dish), because once they run out of hummus, they close for the day.
Upon making the trek to Jaffa and waiting in line (on average 20 minutes), you realize that every part of the Abu Hassan experience is totally worth the wait. Typically, you share a table with total strangers, which is part of the Abu Hassan experience. The staff works quickly and efficiently, and serves the plates of hummus very quickly. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, but you will be expected to be on your way once you have finished eating so others can take your place. Sitting beside strangers and eating humus with pita-bread and fresh onion. There is nothing quite like it.
On Fridays, Abu Hassan is so packed that you are pressured to finish your plate and leave in order to let other people in. For a less hectic experience I recommend to come mid week.
Order: The triple, a portion of hummus, ful (fava beans) and masabacha. For those who haven’t experienced masabach, masabacha is warm hummus with a creamy texture that is served with fresh tehina, garlic and lemon. The dish is spiced with cumin, paprika, olive oil, and some hot pepper sauce on the side.
Price: NIS 19
Address: 1 Dolphin St. (on the hill),
Hours: Sunday-Friday 7:45Am- 2:45PM or until the hummus runs out