Lunchin' with the missus and my work friends is fun.
The only downside is when you have a bunch of people trying to decide where to go for food.
On this occasion it was surprisingly easy; everyone wanted to eat at Said's Tel-Aviv branch.
Who am I to disagree? It's nearby, delicious and fairly priced.
|msabbaha: a mix of hummus, tahini, chickpeas, lemon juice and hot sauce|
The missus ordered a msabbaha and was very pleased with it.
The warm, spicy and savory dish is a great take on hummus, with the chickpeas mixed into the hummus-tahini mash-up, as well as added on top for texture and flavor.
Freshly chopped parsley is a colorful garnish but also adds lots of fresh flavor.
|mahluta: hummus, ful (fava beans) chickpeas, tahini, spicy lemon sauce, olive oil and paprika|
The mahluta is my favorite spin on hummus in this fine location.
The hot fava bean stew is a great contrast with the room-temperature hummus and the cold tahini.
The warm chickpeas add a texture play to every bite, and the lemony-spicy sauce that is added makes you want to dip your pita again and again.
Bottom line: while the original Said (located in Acre, Israel - locally known as Akko) is well known for an amazing hummus - this branch has a hummus paste that is average by itself, and is usually upstaged by the supplements.
However, to get to Akko I'd have to take a train, so this is pretty good for a work lunch.
Also: if you're there - try the shawarma.