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Taami Jerusalem

Taami has been serving quick lunches to Jerusalemites for just over 50 years from the same unassuming location under the ownership of the same Bulgarian family. There are rarely any foreigners or Americans in there – which is a good sign. The service is quick, almost rushed, but very efficient. The Hummus is sublime, arriving minutes after having been ordered with a warm layer of chickpeas on top, accompanied by the usual fresh pita, pickles and onions. Best humus so far and it’s kosher too. But like real kosher, with a teudah and not open on shabbat… like some places I know.

Taami is located on Shamai street, between Hillel and Ben Yehudah, from 8 am to 4:30 pm (except on Saturday). Its minutes away from all the cheesy downtown places and much, much better.

A tip of the hat to Harry.
He Knows Things. Seriously.

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • “foreigners or Americans?” In Israel wouldn’t Americans be a subset of foreigners? Or are they part of a separate group.

  • Well Geoff, or can I call you Geoffy-Poo? In any case, there are many Americans in Jerusalem who have made Aliyah and are Israeli citizens. They do not often frequent Taami, tending instead to congregate, when they come to town, at places like Cafe Hillel and the like. Thank you for pointing out that discrepancy and allowing me to explain.

  • I second CKs assessment of Taami. Fookin’ good (But I must say, tastes almost -exactly- like the chummus from Lina in the old city).

  • Oh CB – you flatter me so!

    And thanks ck – and you can call me whatever you want, just call me. So why is it a good sign if there are no Americans there? Do Americans generally have bad taste in hummus?

  • CK, Muffti would like to know if you spend any of your time doing anything besides seeking out hummus? Seriously, Muffti worries about ya. Michael, see you Sunday afternoon. Y’owe him a shirt, CK.

  • We don’t have good hummus in New Orleans, sadly…even though the local hookah lounge is run by Israelis, its hummus sucks and it’s not kosher.

    But one thing we do have is a great abundance of heavily alcoholic beverages and drive-thru daiquiri stands.

    Stay tuned as (one/fifth of) Jewlicious and Kosher Eucharist “do” Mardi Gras. Or something.

  • ck — here’s another idea for a “musaf” column (as it were) — “Ask Harry,” a chance for the rest of us to get “in the know” with the dude who “knows things.”

    He could be like the Intelligencier of Israel, the Jedi of Jewlicious, the Connoisseur of Canaan, the Master of Modi’in… I dunno… (I like alliteration, what can I say).

    I’m thinking weekly column, a Dear Abby for the little (Jewish) people.

    We’d have to run it by him, of course. : P

  • […] And with that in mind, now that ck and laya have christened Taami as the best restaurant hummus in Jerusalem, allow me to alert you to the best hummus in Machaneh Yehudah, the shuk. I don’t know what the place is called, but there’s a tall guy with a pony tail, and a tray of divine hummus with fuul, swimming in olive oil, goes for only ten shekels. Above we can see our own princess of Jewliciousness giving it, I guess, one pita up. Seriously. It is so damned good. If you’re in Jerusalem, go out and buy some. Hell, if you’re not in Jerusalem, go out and buy some. It’s the spirit of the new revolution. […]

  • […] I think the atmosphere has calmed a bit since those days and we were allowed to take our time. Each of us was served what would be a largish salad-plate sized mound of humus, covered with whole chick peas and swimming in a moat of luscious olive oil. We also finished off a shared dish of beans w/ rice, a plate of stewed okra and a couple dozen falafel. I skipped dinner that night I was still so stuffed. I’m not the only one who enjoyed their visit. And googling for “Taami Jerusalem” turned up this writeup in the Globe that I somehow missed. […]

  • > Do Americans generally have bad taste in hummus?

    Americans have bad taste period.

  • […] Create your own hummus tour We challenge you to find the best hummus in all of Israel! Ask Israeli friends for advice, or walk around to find the hidden gems. For an extra challenge, find a recipe and try making your own. If you need a few hints on where to start, we recommend Abu Chasan in Jaffa (also known as Ali Caravan), Chumus Said in Acco, and Taami in Jerusalem. […]

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