Pinati

Top choice middle eastern in Downtown

While locals swear by the hummus, served with pita and piquant garlic-chilli paste, this hole-in-the-wall's well-seasoned mains are also worth sampling: slow-stewed moussaka, schnitzels, bean soups and shakshuka (a rich egg-and-tomato breakfast dish). Casual dining and comforting kosher food are a winning formula, so you may have to battle crowds at lunchtime for one of the few tiny tables.

There are now several branches in Jerusalem and a couple in Tel Aviv, prompting local fans to bemoan the franchising of their favourite hummus joint (but we still love this location).


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