PINK neon lights blaze “In hummus we trust” as you enter the Hummus Club.
I’ve eaten here a few times and can safely say; ”You sure can”.
A mate and I were off to see You Know We Belong Together at the State Theatre, so we squeezed in an early dinner at this Northbridge restaurant.
The staff were uber helpful and suggested a variety of dishes that would give us a good taste of Middle Eastern cuisine.
Hummus was a given and we went with the mushroom version ($18).
In the centre of a thick collar of the smoothest most flavoursome hummus you’ll ever find, were delicious pan-fried mushrooms.
Using the locally-made Iraqi flat bread, we hoed in, mixing the sharpness of the hummus with the sweetness of the funghi.
My companion tucked into a lamb kefta with pomegranate glaze ($18).
A Moroccan version of meatballs, they were spicy and flame grilled. “They’re really tender, succulent and juicy, and there’s a lot of coriander,” my mate said.
Mezza of the day was cherry tomatoes on a bed of labneh ($18), with lemon sauce and pepita seeds.
The labneh was smooth as a baby’s bottom, while the warmed tomatoes added a pleasant sharpness, and chunks of flame-grilled bread married the flavours in perfect unison.
Middle Eastern food wouldn’t be the same without olives ($5), so we polished off a bowl of them too.
For dessert we agonised over a baklava ice cream sandwich ($13), but eventually opted to share Tayta’s doughnuts ($14).
The pastry, made from potato flour, orange and apple, is fried and rolled in cinnamon.
Sitting on a bed of pistachio butter and smothered in orange marmalade sauce, it was heaven on a plate.
by JENNY D’ANGER
The Hummus Club
258 William St, Northbridge
lunch Fri/Sat 12-2pm,
dinner Tues-Sun 5-10pm