The 13th May is International Hummus Day and we’ve got to say, we’ve never heard of a more amazing day of celebration! There’s something about that beautiful concoction of chickpeas that makes us all kinds of happy but who knew there were so many variations? Here’s a little lowdown on some of the best places in London to sample the goods.
1. Yalla Yalla
This Beirut street food restaurant is all about hearty flavours so, although their pastries and charcoal grilled skewers are all wonderful options, it’s their hummus that really sings. Opt for their Hummus Shawarma to sample the revolutionary combo of marinated sliced lamb on top of creamy chickpea puree.
They have 3 branches so find your nearest one here.
2. Honey & Co
Serving up some of the prettiest plates of Middle Eastern food you ever did see, Honey & Co pride themselves on their traditional methods and tasty results! Expect the likes of broad bean hummus topped with a boiled egg, as well as the classic creamy variety that’s just asking to be scooped up with a slice of pita.
25 Warren St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5LZ
For something a little more expensive but definitely worth the price tag, head to Ishbilia, who offer an impressive 7 hummus options! Hummus topped with marinated chicken or mini fillets of lamb, anyone? They also offer variations on the classic hummus dish, with additions such as cumin or blended with garlic and parsley. Yum.
8-9 William Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9HL
Nestled in Borough Market, this bar and kitchen has it all. From cookery classes to luxury Medjoul dates sold in Selfridges Food Hall, you can expect this restaurant to be at the forefront of the Middle Eastern cookery game. Treat yourself to hummus with spiced lamb fillet that comes topped with ghee (clarified butter) and toasted pine nuts. How very decadent?
3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
5. Berber & Q Shawarma Bar
Located just 5 mins from Angel underground station is Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, specialising in rotisserie Middle Eastern meats. They have 4 different varieties of hummus ranging from their Leek variety with charred leeks, hazelnut salsa and green tahini or the Iraqi version with fried aubergine, amba and a boiled egg. And they’re showcasing 6 tasty options especially for International Hummus Day, so get tasting!
6. Hummus Bros
One of London’s most famed hummus restaurants, expect big bowls of fresh hummus topped with delights such as chicken, falafels, beef and even guacamole. Go for lunch and get a bowl of hummus with toppings, fluffy pita, side salad and a drink – all for under £8.50! They also have an ever-changing selection of weekly specials that include quirky additions like chicken tikka… interesting.
They’ve got 6 branches so find your nearest one here.