Tasty and authentic

There's humous, and then there's the Asli Humous Center in Jaffa.

June 19, 2013 11:47
2 minute read.
Jaffa Restaurant

jaffa humous 370. (photo credit: courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


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.

Like 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.

On 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 available.

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.

Authentic 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 restaurant.

Asli Humous Center
Not kosher
73 Yeffet Street, Jaffa
(03) 681-3435
Sunday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys