Some may argue that Abu Hassan’s “Msabacha” is the best dish in Israel in term of value for money. 18 NIS, that’s all, for a hearty dish of warm chickpea kernels doused in runny Tahini and heavily seasoned with chilly, cumin, lemon and parsley. It comes as no surprise then that from the early morning hours until closing time (usually around 2-3pm) there is a que of people waiting to get their hummus fix here. Abu Hassan’s, officially named “Ali Karawan” is a family establishment with a reputation of over 60 years. Even in a place like Israel, where hummus arguments are rather common, the places are considered a near consensus. The tiny menu historically consisted of only four items: Msabacha, hummus, Ful – a warm fava bean porridge, and Labane cheese, all served with warm pita, fresh onion and some lemony hot sauce. Today you can also have some falafel, French fries or chopped salad with your plate, but there’s no real reason to do so. Come here to really eat like the locals do, preferably for an early breakfast or early lunch. There are now 3 branches to this hummus empire, all in the heart of Jaffa. The one on Dolphin Street is the original one, where you can enjoy your hummus while overlooking Jaffa’s old port and the Mediterranean. The 2 other branches stand opposite of each other on ShivteiYisrael Street, and are both more modern and spacious. In all three the service is extremely rapid and the atmosphere less than casual – this is not a place to linger over coffee or tea after your meal, as probably there will be people waiting in line for your chair. Come, eat, enjoy and leave.