When it comes to middle eastern food, The Hummus Club have been a massive source of education for me. From first trying their food at Mt Hawthorn Markets, to getting to know owners Kait and Ziad Zammar over the past couple of years: I’ve not just found a cuisine and style that I adore – Jeremy and I have found great friends too.
Seeing their dream come true and evolve from market stand to pop up was already heartwarming, but now it’s one step further… they’ve opened their own restaurant in Northbridge. And since opening their doors, it’s been an absolute hotspot of diners spilling out onto the open terrace, dining under the stars and sharing plates of richly spiced Lebanese fare.
The Hummus Club restaurant opened off the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign which saw them raise over $50,000. Rewards included having your name written on the wall in Arabic by famed calligraffiti Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari (Jeremy and I have ours not far from the bottom left of the lift above), various meal options and more.
Situated on William Street in a heritage building, the fit out focusses on showcasing their personality and love of food, family, art and music. Both Kait and Ziad are extremely passionate about showing the beauty of the middle east, which is something that can often be missed thanks to the sensationalism of today’s news media.
The drinks portion of the menu offers local and Arabic beverages, which is a good representation of the restaurant overall.
Some of my favourite drinks there include the cocktails featuring Hippocampus gin with almond, orange blossom and ginger beer ($15.00) and Hippocampus vodka with pomegranate lemonade and mint ($14.00).
While most dishes are designed to share, the restaurant’s signature hummus bowls can be ordered solo (though I think they’re perfect as part of a share meal). Made with Ord River chickpeas, their hummus is velvety smooth and can be customised by adding sriracha for some chilli heat.
My favourite of the bowls is the beef with pomegranate and pita crisps ($18.00). The beef is heavily spiced and aromatic: and the pita crisps are easily one of my guilty pleasures. Fried bread? Hell yeah. Perfect for scooping up hummus, or just munching on their own.
The meat options I’ve tried are:
- The ZFC, zaatar fried chicken with pickled gherkins and garlic toum ($16.00),
- Kibbeh – hand rolled beef and burghul shells, sautéed beef, spices and garlic yoghurt ($18.00)
- Pomegranate glazed lamb kefta with labne ($17.00)
All delicious in their own rights, the lamb for me though is utterly memorable: and something I can’t look past every time I visit. Melt in your mouth, covered in that morish sticky glaze and complimented by the creamy labne. I guarantee you’ll love this.
The chicken also deserves a special shout out. The crunch on the outside is unreal, and the meat inside is steaming and juicy. I think the garlic toum is just plain addictive – I always order more and slather it on everything in sight.
The Hummus Club has a strong vegan and vegetarian fan base, so it was good to see there’s a great range of options for them to choose from. No sure thing as boring veggies here!
The mid East salad is a staple in any meal here for me. Described as the house salad with mint, pomegranate dressing and pita crisps ($14.00), it’s a jazzed up fattoush and really packs a punch thanks to the dressing. Fresh, vibrant and super easy to eat.
Falafels with tahini sauce ($14.00) remain a best seller, and it’s no surprise since they were the foundation with the hummus that they started on. Crisp on the outside, super fluffy inside. Textbook.
Batata (potato) with spice salt and toum ($10.00) started off on the initial menu as crinkle cut but I’m glad they’re now crisp chunks, with golden edges that are teeth shatteringly good.
Dessert features two options – The Brownie ($11.00) and Tayta’s Doughnuts ($12.00) dusted in cinnamon sugar and served with choc-hazelnut-orange blossom sauce. I’ve only tried the latter and it’s so yum!
I usually am not a big fan of choc-orange, but thankfully this one balances the line carefully. The hazelnut seems to balance it out, and the fresh segments bring some zing and lift. The doughnuts themselves are golden-brown and light to eat.
So it’s pretty obvious that I’m a big fan of The Hummus Club. And I’m so pleased to see that everyone else I’ve introduced to their food is too. I definitely recommend you join the club and try it for yourself!