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What's for Lunch? Hummus Bros

By tikichris Last edited 115 months ago
What's for Lunch? Hummus Bros
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Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Hummus Bros

Soho Location

88 Wardour Street W1F 0TJ

020 7734 1311

11am-10pm (Monday-Wednesday)

11am-11pm (Thursday-Friday)

12pm-11pm (Saturday)

12pm-10pm (Sunday)

Map

Holborn Location

37-63 Southampton Row WC1B 4DA

020 7404 7079

11am-10pm (Monday-Friday)

Map

Expect to Pay: under £7

Rating: 4 out of 10

Londonist is all about restaurants honing in on one thing and doing it right: creampuffs from Beard Papa's, burritos from Daddy Donkey, Falafel from Just Falafs. But honestly, we can’t get too worked up about the “UK’s first hummus bar”. And even though David Schwimmer and a couple of BBCers swoon over the genius of Hummus Bros, we have been much more pleased with other chickpea pâtés sampled throughout this city, including the inexpensive varieties purchased from supermarkets and street markets. Perhaps this statement exposes the Londonist palette's lack of sophistication, but we’re pretty sure it is in good company with the taste buds of many London lunch-goers.

Yet, much of the London foodie press appreciate the simplicity of the Hummus Bros “give (chick) peas a chance” concept. Time Out thinks it is “a brilliant idea well executed” and places the Hummus Bros Holborn location in their Food & Drink Top 50. Online magazine, Dr Desi, claims the brothers’ hummus is an “indulgent satisfaction at its most potent,” and easyJet In-Flight says these boys give “the chickpea snack all the limelight it deserves.” More accolades may be read on the press page of the restaurant’s website. We say the Hummus Brothers' offerings are ho-hum at best and must advise that if you absolutely must eat here, to steer well clear of the chunky beef topping.

Photography by Chris Osburn © 2007

Last Updated 16 October 2007

tf

I ate at Hummus Bros, I agree with you. They were hohum. I have tried so many of the restaurants suggested by Londonist and have never been disappointed. Your suggestions are excellent. I only wish I could go to lunch with you at Londonist.

tikichris

Hey thanks! Glad you're happy with the reviews. Let's do lunch!

kmara

So true! - I really want it to work, but as you say if you are going to specialise in something niche, make it taste fantastic, and I don't think their hummus is...

Every so often I try again, hoping it will be better but it never is.

Instead when my cravings get the better of me, I head to Dionysus (Oxford Street/TCR) and have their great hummus (or is it houmous, hommos, hommus, hummos, hummous or humus?) and a fantastic mixed kebab. A strange mix of tourists and 'regulars' (I think you only need to visit a couple of times to be in this category, very friendly!)

Maybe one for a future review...?

tikichris

Hmmmm ... Dionysus for lunch? I've always thought of them as more of a post-pub pit stop on the way home, but it's definitely one to keep in mind. Cheers!

georgerobinson

Great food, friendly service and low prices! Love this place.

ernestobenedict

It might be nice, and perhaps informative, to say what it is that you don't like about the hummus, rather than simply stating your opposition to the various congratulatory articles...!

Service, in my opion, is prompt and friendly. The food is outstanding and often quite creative while the price makes this massively affordable.

tikichris

"It might be nice, and perhaps informative, to say what it is that you don't like about the hummus ..."

Nothing's really wrong with the Hummus Bros hummus. It's okay. Just okay. But for a place to specialize in one thing, it should be phenomenal. There's plenty of great hummus available throughout London. Hummus Bros doesn't seem to be adding anything interesting or new to our options as London restaurant goers.

The mention of other reviews was not written in opposition to them but to inform readers that there are other opinions of the restaurant to take into consideration.

If you enjoy dining at Hummus Bros, by all means keep eating there!