First Impressions: Upon recommendation from our local tour guide, I sought out this place. From the Damascus Gate, take a soft 45-degree right onto Beit Hibad Street, then turn right onto Via Dolorosa, it will be on your left side, near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. (Alternatively, take Jaffa Gate, follow David Street, turn left into Christian Quarter Road, then turn right onto St. Francis Street.) It has a glass entryway, bordered by blue doors. A humble red sign hangs overhead. It's a modest "hole in the wall" restaurant -- five tables, more on the second floor.
PROS: It only makes one thing: hummus. Fresh, authentic and unpretentious. The limited menu features different iterations on the hummus theme: Hummus with pine nuts, hummus with ful, etc. Of these choices, I particularly love the hummus with freshly-roasted pine nuts. Although I'm a dedicated carnivore, I enjoyed this dish so much that I could turn vegan! Costing about £3, it is of excellent value. I could eat this every day. Service is friendly and brisk.
CONS: Hard pressed to find anything negative, except for its small space, which can quickly get crowded during lunch.
Verdict: Remember the saying "Whatever is worth doing is worth doing... well?" In this case Lina does not disappoint. It has elevated the lowly chickpea and created a top-notch dish, IMO, better than Abu Shukri's and perhaps best in Jerusalem, worth taking a special trip into the Old City. Recommended. Grade A+.
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