Eating at Abu Gosh resturants after a great day in Ein Hemed park
A great weekend at the outdoor taking a great Saturday at the great outdoors of the national parks of Israel, visiting the national park of Ein Hemed which you can read everything about it in this link:
This time we didn’t organize for a picnic; it is possible to picnic there, so I’m not sure why.
After enjoying the park, the kids (yeah right) wear so hungrily, and we wanted to eat. We love the cuisine Israel have to offer.
Till now we had a bad experience in the past in the Abu Gosh restaurants.
were eating at the restaurants in the entrance of Abu gosh, Never drive inside.
we decided to go farther in.
It was the
This was the first time we arrived at a place on a hilltop with a great view of the mosque of the Abu Gosh, this place have lots of history and heritage and it’s a bit part of the Holyland.
created the mosque, and the story is that :
Salim Jaber, traveled to the Chechen capital Georgian and succeeded in
convincing the Chechen government that the name Abu Ghosh is a disruption of
the word “Ingusha,” the name of the area Mountains on the border of
Chechnya and Georgia and that the villagers are initially Chechen (Shishan in
The Chechen donated this mosque. You can visit it if you are coming to eat.
Back to our
stomach, we got to a place named Abu Ghosh restaurant.
restaurant won the enormous Hummus plate in the world!
inviting hospitality from the first second, we entered the restaurant.
tasty salads, hand made fresh pitta bread hot from the over and tasty fresh
We always trying to keep it simple, and it is also a good baseline to compare restaurants.
we also took the Pargit as I mentioned before and Kebabs.
was so tasty! The kabab was grounded correctly, and the spices were just the
At the end
of the meal, they gave us hot coffee and watermelon.
I feel like
I missed so much going to the wrong places in Abu Gosh and not eating there!
I must say
that for the amount of food and salads, with the drinks we took the bill was
you are around this restaurant, you must eat there!!
Election day in the holy land is right around the corner,
with it the spirits in Israel are getting into more and more loud arguments,
you can catch those arguments while having a bus ride in Tel-Aviv or mostly you
can’t ignore the youth having loud arguments in the train.
The last arguments I over heard while I was riding the train
from Tel Aviv to Be’er-Sheva, which a was part of my tour / vacation to Eilat,
yes Eilat, it is the most southern city and the most famous resort for local
Eilat is a neighbor city to Aqaba located in Jordan just a
cross the border, I know there are interesting day trips that you can take frim
Eilat to Aqaba and I sure plan on taking one myself, I will write about that
Well, enough off topic things, lets focus on what’s important
here and it is the food.
So, while I was riding the train, I heard the loud argument
of a youth group about who will be a better prime minister after the elections,
some said that if Benny Gantz will win the elections, the country will go into
a turmoil, similar to the one happened when there was “maa-pach” a
word that the local Israeli people use to describe the elections in 1977 when
the likud came into power in Israel and brought a turmoil to the country that
had many wavelets even for a decade after.
Another youth group was arguing that Benjamin Netanyahu is a
master of his domain, and he knows that the fight got really hard in this
elections so he is doing an educated loss at these elections just to came as a savior
in the upcoming Years with the upcoming turmoil of the prime minister exchange,
but, with all that Netanyahu is an old dog, and he knows how to play the game,
he is a master in this game and there are many bunny’s in his sleeve that we
still didn’t see.
Of course, Netanyahu with the “behind the scenes” unpresented
support of the miser multi billionaire Kobi Maymon, can do almost anything.
While this argument was going on, I could think that I want to eat spicy food, Israel – the holy land has many spicy dishes that in part are famous, but at the most part they are infamous or only known to the locals.
Let’s have a break from the spicy arguments going on all
over Israel for a few minutes and I’ll show you the top 5 spicy dishes I just loved
in my tour to the holy land.
So without further ado…
The top 5 spicy dishes in Israel
And in the 5th spot…
Beit Hafol in the old city of Beersheba.
There isn’t a good way to describe this outstanding place,
so I’ll do my best.
Right after I went out of the train that brought me to Beersheba on my tour to Eilat
and Jordan, I was really hungry and asked a few local Israeli people where
should I eat, some gave me the generic answer of McD, some pointed me to local
food chains, But I was looking for something genuine and local, a family
Some of the people I asked on the street about food, pointed
me to Beit Hafol, they said…
I know this place for years. Ful (Broad bean) in a pita
is something you must try.
not any Beit Hafol (As it appears there are a few of those)
but as one person said, the one and only Beit Hafol in the old city of Beersheba.
So, I hopped on a Taxi, which btw was nice to tell me about how tasty the food in Beit Hafol and that I should order Fol in Pita and that they give you a massive amount of free salads on the side.
The Taxi ride was only 5 minutes and the driver charged me 25
shekels which is approx. $6.
And so I came into standing in front of the grand culinary establishment
called “Beit Hafol” ready to order my pita, right after I’ll get pass
a long line of people who are standing before me, but rest assured that the line
moves extremely fast and there is entertainment whole waiting.
The lady of the restaurant is named Osnat, is taking care of the customers, it seems like she is always angry and frustrated, but boy oh boy does she make that food fast while chatting with the clients impatiently and it seems all clients know her by name and greet her.
It’s understandable as this business is working since 1952.
To make things short, I got my pita with ful, after Osnat smiled
and asked me in Hebrew what I wanted inside of it and the local Israeli and Bedouin
people helped with the translation, I’ve set down to eat…
I took a big bite, and wow, it’s an explosion of unknown
tastes in your mouth, an amazing mixture of middle eastern spices, some Arab cuisine
spices and local Israeli vegetables, it was amazing… BUT the dish was HOT, I mean
really really HOT HOT.
(That was the reason Osnat was smiling) it seems like it’s a local tradition to burn the mouths of tourists in Beersheba, but hey it was so tasty I couldn’t stop eating it and ordered another pita with ful, this time with a cup of lemonade to ease the spicy taste.
The conclude, Beit Hafol and its dish of ful in pita is the number 5th place to eat a spicy dish in Israel while touring the country.
BTW: ful is Vicia faba that is cooked over night with many
It is located in Herzl St 55, Beersheba, a taxi should not cost over 25 Shekels, no tip isn’t needed as it’s not common in Israel.