This might be our favourite hummus in Inner Sydney right now. At Thievery, a tall dome of the good stuff is doused with nutty, paprika-tinted melted butter so that with every mouthful you get a little bit of each. It’s a like plate of heaven.
At Kepos & Co they make the hummus at the table, crushing hot, soft chickpeas into a rough paste in a pestle and mortar in front of your eyes and topping it with fruity olive oil. Order the house-made flatbread on the side – it’s soft, thick and puffy, almost like a focaccia, but charred.
Emma’s do hummus all kinds of ways – go spicy with a slick of warm, garlic-infused chilli oil spilled over the top, try it with roast pumpkin, or served as a kawarma – topped with spiced lamb mince and toasty pine nuts.
Before you even sit down, all branches of Al Aseel have flatbread and mixed pickles waiting on the table. Order up some of their creamy, substantial hummus and get dipping while you wait for the rest of your food to arrive.
At Shenkin, hummus isn’t just a side dish; it’s the main event. They serve it five ways on their ‘hummus plates’ – topped with minced beef; fava beans and boiled egg; grilled eggplant; mushrooms and onions, or solo. Plus you get two falafels and pita bread on the side for dipping. And you can even get it delivered to your door by foodora. True story.
The hummus at Erciyes is the stuff of legend – super rich and smooth as silk, just pour it on top of everything else you eat, like a sauce. Go ahead and order some fried eggplant and little falafels on the side, but it’s the hummus you’ll be back for.