September 1st 2016
Eating hummus at Rachmo is like taking a step back into the history of Jerusalem.
Rachmo is located a few meters from the hustle and bustle of the Mahane Yehuda market in an oddly-shaped corner building that is a little rough around the edges. Rachmo’s homey feeling is enhanced by old cooking utensils and portraits of important Sephardic Rabbis hanging on the walls. Rachmo is named after culinary figure, Rachamim ben Yosef, who founded the restaurant and made it into one of the best humus joints in Israel. The restaurant has been serving authentic Iraqi/Kurdish cuisine since the 1930s.
Its proximity to the Shuk ensures that Rachmo serves only the freshest ingredients. Don’t expect fancy table linens and attentive wait staff here. Take your tray and order at the kitchen window, then take a seat and enjoy the best humus in Jerusalem.
Rachmo’s menu is filled with classic Sephardic Israeli classics. Among the dishes written on the menu above the kitchen window – in Hebrew and English – are kubeh soups, goulash, schnitzel, stuffed vegetables and vine leaves, and steak. And of course its famous humus. Hot pita and bowls of spicy pickles and olives round out your meal.
Rachmo is a regular, neighborhood humus joint, meant for locals passing by and people working in the area, as well as tourists looking for some of the best Israeli food around. The prices reflect the restaurant’s wide appeal, making it an excellent choice for travelers on a budget. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this traditional fare in an historic location. You’ll come away feeling like a real Israeli!