Ha'Agas 1

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 6 reviews )

Eilyahu Ya'acov Banai Street 11 (at Mahane Yehuda), Jerusalem, Israel

An oasis in the middle of the bustling Mahane Yehuda market. Food is made fresh to order. In-house hummus specialty. Open Mon-Thu 8:00am-8:00pm, Fri 8:00am-3:00pm, Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Kosher, Israeli

6 Reviews

First Review by MakeUrInsidesSing

Nice Little Vegan place. - Edit

A little oasis in the busy Jerusalem's market. We went with a friend and tried the hummus. He is an Israeli so his standards are even higher than mine. We both like it and found it original with that green tahini. Menu had also vegan Kuba ans Shakshuka.

Pros: It's quite small so you may wait for a table

Cons: Nice Food, Cool Service

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Very nice place - Edit

The place is tiny but very pleasant, inside the market, with nice atmosphere.
Service was quick and the hummus and kubbe were tasty.
It isn't too expensive, but you can easily get cheaper hummus in Jerusalem.

Pros: Pleasant, Tasty, Quick service

Cons: Moderate prices

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Nice hummus - Edit

Maybe not the best hummus in the town, but a nice one and is served with brown pitas. More expensive than in usual hummus-places.

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The Best Humus in Jerusalem!! - Edit

Strictly and proudly Vegetarian Ha'Agas has not only the best Humus in town, also their vegetarian soups, burgers, and pashtidot (kind of casseroles) are scrumptious. Try the Hibiscus juice -it's very special. The prices are very reasonable, and the service is efficient and friendly

Pros: very tasty, excellent quality, quick and friendly

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Market-ly Unfresh - Edit

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.

Pros: Nice Quiet Place, Pleasant Staff, Kosher

Cons: Poor Produce, Expensive Prices, Bland, Boring food

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A big sigh of relief! - Edit

A teeny place - just a few tables - on side street with no car traffic in between vendors and shoppers. Very cozy, kind service. The food was fresh and wholesome. The waitress knew what items had dairy or eggs. Vegetarians and vegans can feel confident about the integrity of the ingredients. Street parking is an issue, though across the street there is a public lot. A great place to fuel up and rest after shopping in the Mahane Yehudah open market!

Pros: vegan & vegetarian only!, friendly and knowledgeable service, cozy and clean

Cons: street parking

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