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Respond to Review of Ha'Agas 1
by A.Z.P.

Review: The beauty of the "Shuk" (market in Hebrew) is that it sells so many varieties of vegetables and produce that are farm fresh at the cheapest price possible, so I was very excited to read about a new vege restaurant addition to the Machane Yehudah market... unfortunately, the food and prices here were somewhat less exciting to my palate and wallet. I started with the Beet soup which contained some boiled potatoes in a tasteless watery beet broth. This excuse for a soup cost 28 shekels (an outrageous 8 dollars!! For a regular 1 person bowl of soup which probably cost them 3 shekels to make), it had minimal (and rotting) produce as its content, and I'm not honestly sure that inmates of the Russian gulog would have eaten it. We then had a 40 shekel (11.50 cent) Mushroom-Onion Quiche, which wasn't bad but wasn't bursting with flavor as a fresh summer vegetable pie should be. We followed it with a homemade chummus (which the waitress seemed to take great pride in) and a Shakshuka (local egg and tomato dish). The Chummus was gritty but not particularly tasty. The Shakshuka had no imagination, was extremely plain-Jane, and even though my friend had specifically asked them to make it hot, it was about as spicy as a stick of butter. As for the waitstaff, while they were pleasant, it took quite an inordinate amount of time to get food in a place which only had 3 tables in use. Meanwhile the ambience was pleasant and the upstairs gave a small and simple but nice and quiet respite from the loud bustle of the Market. Overall, my experience at Ha'agas was not a positive one. The food was expensive, and was not particularly unique, authentic, or good. On the bright side, the menu did have a few unique vege delicacies such as Vegetarian Kubeh and everything also tasted like it was made there. On the downside the food seemed to have been made there, at the only place where I've yet to find unfresh produce in the Market.

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