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Our favourite places to eat hummus in Sydney

Because hummus = everything

By Freya Herring
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We love hummus. You love hummus. The whole Goddamn world loves hummus. It’s pretty much a human condition to love hummus. So here are the hummuses we are loving in Sydney right now, as a celebration of the creamiest, carbiest dip of all.

Thievery

Restaurants Glebe

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.

Kepos & Co

Restaurants Waterloo

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.

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Emma's Snack Bar

Restaurants Enmore

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.

Al Aseel - Greenacre

Restaurants Lebanese Greenacre

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.

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Cafe Shenkin - Enmore

Restaurants Enmore

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.

Erciyes

Restaurants Surry Hills

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.

And there's always this...

Bowl of food at Spice I am
Photograph: Anna Kucera

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