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.
Forget the young and trendy upstarts. This longstanding Lebanese does a mean Meze spread, houmous included (£5).
Order it classic (£4.50) or with spiced lamb (£6.50) at Borough’s buzzing Middle-Eastern outpost.
For something different, order the octopus mashawsha (£16), with a tentacle served atop a bed of houmous with chickpeas served whole.
Choose from tahini, leek, sweet potato and Iraqi houmous (£6.50-£8) at the trendy Exmouth Market outpost of Berber & Q
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.
Order silky portions by the bowl filled with falafel, chicken, guacamole and more.
Kick off a Kingly Court kebab fest with houmous served with carrot pickle. Mini carrots, cute!
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).
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.