The Asli Humous Center may seem like just one of the many small and authentic
humous joints on Jaffa’s busy Yeffet Street, but there is much more to this
established outlet than meets the eye. This Jaffa institution is celebrating its
50th anniversary with some new additions to the much-loved menu.
many of the traditional local restaurants in Jaffa, Asli is not much to look at
from the outside. But what it lacks in modern furnishings and bright open
spaces, it makes up for with quality food and a charming atmosphere.
the weekends, visitors from far and wide can be seen filling one of the few
small tables, feasting on the fresh humous and various other local delicacies
Elias Shoari, originally from Lebanon, founded the restaurant
half a century ago, and later handed the reins over to his son Avraham. Since
its opening, the restaurant has been a regular feature on the local scene and
has built up a reputation as one of the best around.
The public figures
who have eaten at Asli are a testament to the respect it has gained over the
years, with the likes of Golda Meir, Shimon Peres and Moshe Dayan among the
famous customers to have walked through the very modest doors.
Middle Eastern hospitality is the order of the day, which means an informal
atmosphere and lots of food. Before my friend and I were even able to sit down,
our table was showered with an array of fresh salads and pita. The table was so
full, that when the waiter came along with the various types of humous, there
was hardly any room to put them.
All the salads were very fresh, with the
cauliflower in tehina and babaganush being among the favorites. Also worth a
mention were the fresh tehina, spicy tomato salad and roasted zucchini. The
humous itself was very tasty and authentic, with the fresh pita doing a good job
of wiping the plate clean.
What differentiates the Asli Humous Center
from many of the surrounding competitors is the wide selection of fresh meat and
fish dishes. We were actually too full to try any of them, but we could smell
some kebabs sizzling in the background and both said it would be worth a return
trip to sample what was on offer.
For dessert, we we managed to squeeze
in a taste of the baklava and malabi. We finished off the meal with some
refreshing mint tea.
The Asli Humous Center is very similar to many of
its local competitors, but what makes it stand out is the food selection, warm
hospitality and rich history.The writer was a guest of the
Asli Humous Center
73 Yeffet Street, Jaffa
Sunday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m
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