Precise and delicious. Halhala's asado (Photo: David Rosenthal)
In 1971, Soviet geologists drilled in an underground space near the village of Derveza in natural mineral-rich Turkmenistan. When they discovered that the pit contained methane gas, they decided to destroy it naturally by starting a fire. Problem? They underestimated the enormous amount of gas, which caused the fire to become eternal. 52 years have passed, this pit is still burning and will probably always burn, a fact that has earned it the nickname "Hell's Gate".
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in Israel, too, have a gate to hell. There is no fire burning in it, it is not in a pit, but is simply located in the middle of two intersecting streets. You may even know its official name - Jabotinsky-Ben Gurion Junction.
This intersection of streets, with Ramat Gan on one side and Bnei Brak on the other, is the worst in Gush Dan, perhaps in Israel as well. Always busy, full of construction work and serving as a stage for hundreds of buses traveling in an oppressive convoy every day. Oh, and it's always hot there. It doesn't matter if it's winter or summer, it's an unusual electromagnetic field that roasts pedestrians. At least on a metaphorical level, this is not an exaggeration. Did you manage to move from Jabotinsky to Abba Hillel without emotional scars? You have something to tell your grandchildren.
78 NIS. Halhala's meal (Photo: David Rosenthal)
The reviews on Google are few in quantity but mostly exciting. Less familiar? Less choice? Sounds like a great opportunity to check out the grounds
Still, this patchy stretch of street has been filled over the years with offices, has become a large business center and needs to support several blocks, especially the nearby BSR Towers empire. Therefore, along with the suffering involved in walking it, as you advance towards Abba Hillel you encounter quite a few culinary corners. One of them, which I came across by chance, is "Halawala".
About two years ago, Yaniv Granot visited Pita Basta, which has since gained many fans and its branch at Ben Gurion 1 has become one of the strongest food sources in the region. Halhalwala plucks on the same strings - sabih, poultry and different types of meat wrapped in freshly braided buns. The reviews on Google are few in quantity but mostly exciting. Less familiar? Less choice? Sounds like a great opportunity to check out the area.
The menu may not be wide, but still encourages deliberation. I finally decided to go for a deconstructed halhalwala asado with chimichurri (56 shekels vs. 54 shekels on Shishala's website. strangely, usually it's the other way around) and a mix of onion rings with fries (22 shekels). For my Sabih-loving wife, I took... Well, Sabich (38 NIS, 35 in delivery).
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The place has potential, you can spend more. Halhala (Photo: David Rosenthal)
When it comes to fast food, you prefer your dish to be delayed, an indication that meat is being prepared from scratch
I waited about fifteen minutes, an eternity in fast food terms, but acceptable and logical. When it comes to fast food, you prefer your dish to be delayed, an indication that the meat is being prepared from scratch. The meal arrived and I grabbed the tray in my hand, which bumped into something sticky at the bottom. As a rule, it was very unclean. I know, eatery, etc., a lot of germs change hands and a lot of hands change germs, but you should keep hygiene to a minimum when it comes to serving.
Not too bad, I'm not a spoiled person, I've been through more difficult things in my life. I opened the wrapper of the bun, which was divided in half. She gave me the impression that she was too small. 56 NIS for that? But the mind can be deceiving. The amount of meat is very, very generous, tasty and made with great precision. To my surprise, I also discovered that the bun was not as small as it seemed. From a mix of fries and onion rings you don't expect too much, but they were fried well and there the amount was beautiful even to the naked eye.
A school sandwich made up of leftovers. Halhala's Sabich (Photo: David Rosenthal)
The great disappointment was recorded in the Sabih sector. Leaving aside the fact that it didn't quite make it through due to the amount of liquid in it, takeaway foods usually have trouble staying intact in the shipment, which led me to declare the dish a failure was the distribution inside.
A tiny piece of eggplant, a thin layer of egg, and then vegetables that take over 80% of the bun and contribute to the increased fluidity that impedes it, turned Sabih, in look and feel, into a sandwich prepared for school from leftovers from the refrigerator.
So C.M.A. came out?
The CA weighs quantity, price and quality from 1 to 10, and I admit that this case is one of the most complex I calculated. The Sabich was casual to poor, but it is not the essence of the meal and is acquitted of extenuating circumstances due to its arrival by delivery. We were left, therefore, with the asado and chips-rings.
The bottom line is that I paid 78 shekels without drinking for a portion that wasn't big, but not embarrassing either. Precious? Yes, but everything is expensive today. Was it delicious 😊 Yes, absolutely, not complaining. So where is the problem and why is the final score 6?
If a child who has done most of the exercises correctly gets only "enough" on the certificate, it indicates that his teachers were not satisfied with something in his personality, be it immoral behavior, lack of investment or a sense of not reaching his potential. The same is true of Halawala. That sticky tray at the bottom just doesn't come out of my head. Something small but important that is easy to fix. It's hard to recommend this place, but the asado is definitely worth the sortie.
Halhala, Ben Gurion 20, Ramat Gan.
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