Hummus Bros

Restaurants , Global Soho
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Hummus Bros
Karen Thomas

Seriously good houmous – and a lot more besides – at London’s prime practitioner of chickpea worship.

Houmous may be nothing more than cheap student-fuel to many, but this humble chickpea paste is elevated to something altogether more delicious in the hands of Hummus Bros. The original Wardour Street outlet is still spartanly decorated, despite a ten-year refit, with communal tables and big windows – with queues of office workers snaking into the street at lunchtime: scenes replicated at the Holborn and Cheapside branches. Though the wraps aren’t bad, go for the bowls of silky-smooth houmous sprinkled with paprika and olive oil, and make use of the garlic-infused lemon juice on every table. Mashed, cumin-scented fava beans is a good choice of topping, but our favourite is the chunky slow-cooked beef. A regular portion comes with two warm wholemeal pittas (one with a small serving). Side dishes are heartily recommended, with deliciously smoky barbecued aubergine and zingy tabouleh particular highlights. There’s the option of customising your plate with tortilla chips, carrot sticks or hard-boiled eggs, though it’s probably best to keep things simple. Service is quick and casual, but the Middle Eastern flavours and big portions make this a top budget lunch spot.

 

Venue name: Hummus Bros
Contact:
Address: 88 Wardour Street
London
W1F 0TJ
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £3.70-£8.80
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Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:9
  • 4 star:13
  • 3 star:6
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:11
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Leeza K
1 of 1 found helpful

After reading about The Hummus Brothers reviews on TimeOut.  We tried it yesterday evening. VERY disappointing, and NOT cheap.  You get better hummus at Sainsbury's.  Tabboule does not taste as it should. The chicken in the wraps looked mushy,and brown. The staff looked like they couldn't be bothered either. Obviously the people who are rating this restaurant highly have not eaten proper Mediterranean food before, or they must have been starving.  Would NEVER visit again, or recommend. 

Rachel M

Best hummus I've ever had, quick service, great prices, and convenient locations... what's not to like? :D

Mei M
Tastemaker

Although not my favourite place for the atmosphere - it kind of feels like a fast food, but prices and dishes do not match the appearance of the place in my opinion, plus it was quite messy all over - I have to say I enjoyed my visit there as really loved food at Hummus Bros. 


I had their famous chicken/guacamole, the falafel one and a greek salad. Everything was tasty and very filling, the complimentary warm pitta bread is lovely. I didn't really like the smoked aubergine "salad" - I think it's supposed to be some kind of babaganoush, but it was too vinegar-y and I got tired after two teaspoons of it.


I would go back there if the queue was too long for the other delicious places around Soho, or if I was in a hurry and didn't want to spend too much.


Big plus: they don't smother hummus in coriander, which I hate! :)

Noel
Staff Writer

I had not been to Hummus Bros for a while, going back it was great to see it is still good. Hummus and pitta may not strike all as something to eat in or take away form from a eatery. These guys take what can be plain and boring in a supermarket and make it awesome. It's not cheap but you get a good amount. The selection is great. 

Georgie
Tastemaker

I'm verging on obsessed with the pita bread in this place. That alone is what keeps me going back for more, rather than the hummus which is ok but not the best available, though I do really love the toppings available. The chicken and avocado is my fave, but it needs a good squeeze of lemon it lift it up a bit. I love the ginger and lemonade drink they offer which is refreshing. It's not cheap but you do get a reasonable amount for your money. A regular is more than enough for 1 person. I've had this a lot recently now that it's available with free delivery from uberEATS. It's sort of my go to when i'm feeling lazy these days!

Abigail D
Staff Writer

Yes. Sold. Definitely most appealing with the Time Out offer which pops up (a small plate, side and a drink for £5 - keep your eyes on the shop) but I'm totally converted and would happily pay the full amount now I've been lured in. The falafel and chicken topping's a winner. Wholesome, filling, delicious, and reasonably priced(ish).

Marcus W

the 4 and 5 star reviewers here either never had good hummus in their life or are the culinary equivalent of David Hasslehoff Music Fans

Lisa S
moderator

Does what it says on the tin! Authentic texture but I personally like hummus with more flavour, so be sure to add lemon, garlic and oil. The side salads also excellent.

NWG

this place is a bit small and the location is a bit in the dark so you might miss it when looking for it. But the food is oh so good. The hummus it self was excellent.

GP
Staff Writertastemaker


D’ya know what the only thing that’s bad on hummus bros menu is the hummus, it’s a little bitter, needs a good squeeze of sweet lemon on the top imho (they’ll give you a slice), otherwise great cheap menu and relaxed vibe for a quiet pre-theatre or late night bite.

Goats cheese salad is great here, as is the spicy chicken topped dip.

Ros A
Tastemaker

I'm a little bit in love, with some brothers of Hummus. These guys arranged a fantastic delivery for our office last week, and I had not just 1, not just 2, but 180 happy people afterwards. Great dips, great salads (especially the tabbouleh), lovely pitta breads. Can't wait to pop back into the store. Oh, and try the Baklava. YUM.

Laura C
Tastemaker

So good it inspired me to start making my own guacamole - however I'm terrible at it so I think I'll stick with the Bros. Everything is light, tasty and delicate but has a bit of a price tag on it if you're just going for lunch and have any amount of appetite (most regular dishes are £5.50 upwards) so go with a friend and share a salad/hummus bowl and some pittas to bring down the price. 

Alexandra L
Tastemaker

Great value. Lovely service. Gorgeous food. Done. Done. Done. If I ever need an intervention due to my inability to stop visiting a place that ticks all of those boxes, Hummus Bros will be the delicious culprit.


Sitting in the middle of Soho, I've devoured bowls of hummus from this Wardour St branch more times than I can remember now and every single time, I've been greeted warmly and had sincere, genuine, friendly interaction with the staff working there. 


Generous portions of creamy, tangy, utterly moreish hummus are perfect for scooping up with some of the softest, lightest pitta pillows in London and if you don't know which toppings to go for you'll want chunky beef for that warm, satisfying feeling, chicken & guacamole for a lightly seasoned kick and falafel salad for a spicy crunch in every mouthful. FYI, the new sweet potato falafels with tzatziki are outstanding value; get two bowls and feel no shame if you're dining solo. Service is speedy but customers are never rushed and as far as simple but beautifully cared for food goes, you'd be hard pressed to find a better option, even in a city as crowded with dining choices as London is.


Sitting in the window of the newly refurbished restaurant with friends & watching the world go by on a recent Tuesday evening was the perfect way to satisfy both the tummy & the spirit and I now can't head down Wardour St without a tiny nod of appreciation and a big look of longing at Hummus Bros...god bless the chickpea. 

Javier S
Staff Writer

If you like hummus, this is definitely your place.

Hummus is excellent and it's also fairly cheap and located in the heart of Soho

eunice l

Absolutely brilliant, fresh and lovely. Cheap, fast and nice waitstaff. Healthy. I like it!

E W

Great food here! Very tasty, decent portions, very fast and with extraordinarily friendly service. Perfect place to take vegan friends. Not sure why some posters here don't like the hummus - far better than what you'd find on the shop shelves.

LE

This place is perfect for a delicious and fast lunch during the work day. The servings are incredibly generous (was very glad I didn't go for a large!) and the food tastes fresh and well made. The hummus dishes are served with wholemeal pitta/bread on the side and the service is quick. Dishes range from £5.50 for a small hummus dish and sides can be added on for a little more cost. Good food at an excellent price.

VW

Organised to come here for my friend's birthday with 8 people in total - no bookings allowed, but managed to get a table. Some friends were late by 1 hour (!), as they got lost and managed to go to the Holborn branch instead (despite saying Soho branch!). Staff were really nice about us holding up their table during peak dinner time 7pm onwards and did not rush us to order our food ahead. Birthday girl even got her dinner for free! Everyone really enjoyed food and filling - tried chicken as recommended by previous reviews and not let down. Suggest ordering a small with a side, as friends who ordered a large all struggled. Also great atmosphere - basic decor, but great little find!

JR

I LOVE this place. I went to the Wardour Street branch on the day it opened years ago and have been going back at least once a week ever since. Has to be one of the best value places to get lunch in London. The hummus is a delight, topped with a wide range of tasty toppings. I don't eat wheat and the gluten free bread (toasted) is delicious. The side dishes, especially the smokey aubergine, are fantastic and the staff are always a delight. I have a massive appetite and a regular bowl fills me up .. Seriously good food at a seriously low price. Bravo!

Vasilis

First of all I don't think I really like the concept and I don't find it cheap either. A small bowl of humus with something on top for 6 pounds? Why? Just because it is supposed to be laid-back? No thanks. I ended up taking a wrap which was decent but again overpriced. The staff were really tired and they were responding with nods rather than words. I don't think I'll go back soon.

jason

even though i could have afforded anything i want, i stumbled into this place & ate like a king for the cost of a bowl of soup. everything fresh & a perfect change of atmosphere as we met people from all over the world

Oscar

only decent cheap eat in London. I come back every time I come to the city.. fantastic, and worth every penny. unpretentious, delicious food.

Zedster

I was excited about this restaurant since I love hummus, it's near work, it has take-out, and it offered quite a few vegan options. Unfortunately, this was the worst hummus I've ever eaten—even the junk they sell in the market is better. The flavour tasted like egg yolk. The "sauteéd" mushrooms were little more than whole mushrooms soaked in equally disappointing dark sauce with a strange aftertaste. The pitta bread was a bit unusual in texture, but perhaps the highlight of my meal. And the crowing glory? Turns out the hummus was rotten! Well, let me clarify: when I got the hummus, it was old (and sitting out for who knows how long), but not yet rotten. Since I couldn't manage to eat the whole thing at lunch, I put the container in the fridge so I could spice it up later. When I opened it up for dinner, the whole thing reeked as though it'd had been composting for weeks. Mind you, this fridge tends to freeze my food, so the temperature wasn't too warn. All in all a very disappointing experience. I would highly recommend avoiding at all costs.

Murat

Couldn't finish even half of my plate. It was by far the worst Hummus I have eaten in my life. I am absolutely certain that the positive reviews below have been written by the folks who work there.

Lea

the staff is very nice and the food is tasty. I would recommend it !

Franck

hummus is very delicious and even if you don't like hummus, there are many other dishes you could have. The hot Apple Juice is also delicious.

Charlie

The worst hummus I have ever tasted; It was bland and the texture was awful too. The staff were miserable and the place was grubby. We went out of our way to get some food from here; I wish we hadn't bothered. We wont be back.

Glyn

Horrible Hummus - if it's in the name you expect that they would at least get that bit right?! Bland paste with a weird after taste.

Fred Jones

Loved this place. The hummus with beef (slow cooked and very tender) and guacamole was amazing. The pitta bread was warm, fresh and fluffy. The Greek salad was the best I've eaten in London. Don't forget to order the mint and ginger lemonade and Malabi dessert - both excellent also.

islingtonfoodlover

I'm not sure if this place deserves five stars. It is just actually a huge bowl of hummus with guacamole etc. Looks much more exciting than it actually is. The hummus from Phoenicia in Kentish Town tastes better than this.

Andy

Have to agree with the negative reviews. Hummus was a bland puree and the concept just doesn't seem to work. Chick peas on hummus? Guacamole on hummus? For £10 a pop as well. I would rather go to a supermarket and buy a tub of hummus and a carrot.

GeorgieThompson

You people clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Take it from a veritable connoisseur of hummus - Hummus Bros is not only home to some of the best hummus around but it is also at the forefront of one of the most remarkable concepts ever to hit the London restaurant scene. A restaurant? Solely for hummus? Genius. To those of you who have a bad word to say about this quintessential chickpea Mecca, I despair of you. Especially you Woody, if a bad batch of hummus can 'ruin your day' you probably need to take a good long look at yourself.

functioning_taste_buds

Amazing concept...horrible horrible Hummus. I'm from Cyprus so my entire family makes Hummus...I make Hummus....so I guess I can say I'm a good judge of the stuff. After eating there I was almost offended. I'm shocked the place has paying customers....

HummosIsKing

fantastic concept but probably the worst Hummus I've ever had. It tasted like gritty peanut butter mixed with socks. It had no taste of chickpeas, tahini or garlic and a horrible texture. Generally if you name your restaurant after an ingredient, you had better make sure you do it well. Stick to the supermarket brands...

George
0 of 1 found helpful

It's a great restaurant for people who don't like Hummus. The fact that they serve the garlic and lemon separately (in case you don’t like those sole ingredients in your hummus) sums it up! Sloppy chickpea mush: truly dreadful.