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Nine great places to get your houmous fix in London

Laura Richards

If you were having palpitations a week or so ago when the supermarkets were struck by a houmous shortage (#middleclassproblems), you can make up for lost time this weekend. Because Saturday May 13 is ‘International Hummus Day’, a worldwide celebration of chickpeas smushed to perfection. If you’re in need of inspiration away from the aisles, here are nine London restaurants where the houmous is so right, it’s wrong.  

1. Al Waha

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Forget the young and trendy upstarts. This longstanding Lebanese does a mean Meze spread, houmous included (£5).


2. Arabica Bar & Kitchen

Order it classic (£4.50) or with spiced lamb (£6.50) at Borough’s buzzing Middle-Eastern outpost.

3. The Barbary

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For something different, order the octopus mashawsha (£16), with a tentacle served atop a bed of houmous with chickpeas served whole. 


4. Berber & Q Shawarma Bar

Choose from tahini, leek, sweet potato and Iraqi houmous (£6.50-£8) at the trendy Exmouth Market outpost of Berber & Q.


5. Honey & Co

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The menu at this lovable Middle Eastern caff changes with the seasons, but there’s always a fresh take on houmous on the starter menu.


6. Hummus Bros

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Order silky portions by the bowl filled with falafel, chicken, guacamole and more.


7. Le Bab

Kick off a Kingly Court kebab fest with houmous served with carrot pickle. Mini carrots, cute! 


8. Meza

This tiny Lebanese in Tooting Market hits the houmous mark – choose a classic cold version (£4.50) or have it served hot with diced lamb (£5.50). 


9. Yalla Yalla

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When you’ve finished eyeing up the baklava on the counter, order the houmous from the meze menu, served with fresh, fluffy pita and pickles. 
Take the houmous party one step further (you lad). Snap up a voucher for a houmous main, a side and a drink for £5 at Hummus Bros.  

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