Pinati is the regular place I go to eat. The place is NOT fancy - people share table with other diners on simple wood chairs. You won't find wine and the menu is limited but the food is EXCELLENT! . Many of the diners are people working nearby (like me) but tourists also come here. The place is very small and can serve around 20 people in the inside of the restuarant and around 10 more in the outside area. Therefore, around noon the place is crowded and people often wait outside the door for their turn to get in.
Pinati is famous for its Hummus - and rightfully so. You can get the Hummus with Tehina, hummus grains, "ful" (broad grains), boiled egg and meat - or any combination of these. In addition, the Mussaka (eggplant with meat) is excellent. In winter time, there is also excellent "Kubbe" soup. The other dishes are also good.
Prices are relatively low so it's not only excellent food but also a good value for money. I think that tourists also enjoy the atmosphere of a real local restaurant. Service is very fast, because it's a pre-cooked food. visitors are asked to order almost immediately and get served withing a minute or two, at the most.
A couple of years ago they opend many new branches all around Israel. I don't know of he other branches are in the same quality because I come to the original place on King George Street.
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