It's been years that Shlomo and Doron's Hummus is at the center of the known Hummus lovers strife. Kerem HaTemanim (the Yemenite village) neighborhood is filled with hummus places and other small and authentic restaurants, but there was always a competition between Shlomo and Doron's and "The Syrian" which split the hummus eating community in town. On 2014 The Syrian closed its gates and diverged into a number of copycats that claim to be the heirs. But Shlomo and Doron were the ones to become the undisputed kings of the Kerem, and rightly so. The Yemenite hummus is very different from the Mashawasha served in the Galilee or the Arabic Masbacha and its main focus is in Ful and dominant spices. Some like it and some don't, I belong to the first group, and I think it fits into a certain vibe. If it’s cold outside and your stomach is signaling you for a heavy dish, you should definitely go for Shlomo and Doron's legendary complete dish.
If you really hate standing in line, you're better off going in the middle of the week, but if you're willing to wait a few minutes and on the way enjoy the nice neighborhood atmosphere, you should come by on a Friday. Kerem HaTemanim is probably the oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv and outside the bounds of Jaffa, and the only one that has managed to keep its authentic charm and not succumb to taller buildings and nostalgic-like polished style which characterizes the neighboring Neve Tzedek. They don't have wine bars or designer baby clothes shops, only homely restaurants where a 90 years old woman still makes the same soup recepie she brought from yemen, kids play soccer on the road and young stoners live in tiny apartments that have just been vacated. On Fridays it all connects with the shouts of the mongers from the market and with people on their way to the beach, into a beautiful Israeli mess. Start by walking on the beach, go to the Kerem for a complete dish in Shlomo and Doron's and continue to walk down Shook HaCarmel market where you can grab some Halva for dessert and drink Tamarindi or other natural juices at one of the juice stands. And there you have it, the perfect Friday morning.
Yishkan St 29, Tel Aviv-Yafo