Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.
88 Wardour Street W1F 0TJ
020 7734 1311
37-63 Southampton Row WC1B 4DA
020 7404 7079
Expect to Pay: under £7
Rating: 4 out of 10Londonist 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