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“Living Breathing History”
Review of Rachmo

Rachmo
Ranked #245 of 706 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Arguably the best hummus in Israel
Maale Adumim
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Living Breathing History”
Reviewed 5 August 2012

This is not a restaurant; it is a living breathing part of Jerusalem history. The restaurant has appeared in songs and poems about Jerusalem as well as many Israeli movies.

Firstly, don't dress up or try to order a table. This is a workingman's restaurant in every sense of the word. Neither are there any waiters, so you'll line up with your tray and order, receive your food and pay before sitting down. Prices are very reasonable. For about $10-15 you can pretty much have whatever you want. For five bucks you can take a plate of humus with pitas and pickles which will fill you up too. The food is all excellent. The humus and kubeh soup are specialties, but you won't go wrong ordering anything.

Try to avoid going on Fridays when the place is very full and also you'd be better of going before 12:30 or after 14:00, it will be quieter.

  • Visited July 2012
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  • English first
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  • Hebrew first
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English first
Oakland, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Yum!”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

I'm have to be perfectly honest and admit that I'm only 90% sure this is the restaurant I'm reviewing, because my Hebrew reading is minimal.

That said, the food was awesome. I had the stuffed zucchini, which was so good, and the fried kubbe and the fried "cigar" (filo pastry with meat.) They were amazing. Another time, I had hummus and falafel. The falafel was good, although not amazing, but the hummus was wonderful. It was also huge, and I had to ask for a take-out container to take the leftovers of my lunch home. (They were happy to provide it.)

I rated this 4 stars for atmosphere, because I liked the atmosphere, but it's not a calm quiet sit-down place. You wait in line (at lunchtime on friday a long line but it moves pretty fast), tell the person behind the arch window what you want, she hands it to you, you pay, and then you try to find a seat. I ended up sharing a table the first time (just asking if the seat was taken). It's loud and bustling and a bit pushy, which is fun. It's not so loud you can't have a conversation though.

It was a very affordable lunch, I paid 18 and 24 shekles for lunch (no drink), and it was a hearty meal. Like I said, I had leftover hummus.

  • Visited June 2012
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2 Thank Caroline T
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Jerusalem, Israel
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“one of my top places to go”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

excellent food and atmosphere. beware- if youre coming on a friday it`s really busy, don`t let the noise and shouting scare you. it like a microcosmus of israel...

  • Visited June 2012
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Israel
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Eat with the locals”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

If you're looking for a fancy restaurant, upper crust service and crisp linens, this is not the place for you.
On the other hand, if you want to eat at a true Jerusalem institution - part of the fabric of Jerusalem and have some of the best hummus ever then be prepared for some noise, a bit of a pushy environment and some of the best home cooked food you have tasted.

No waiter will come to your table, no wine list, no fancy service - you go up to the counter, see what there is, place your order and wait for it to be served. You then carry it back to the table that your friends have guarded so you will have a place to enjoy this wonderful food.

Nothing like it back home - that's for sure.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank Oreet S
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Jerusalem, Israel
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Israeli comfort food”
Reviewed 4 February 2012

Good, basic, homy food, cheap and generous. Order the Red Kubbe soup (Excellent!) and if you're more advanced - the beetroot kubbe soup.

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Thank austen73
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