Boyz (October 8, 2005)
Give Peas A Chance
It's not everyday that a new concept in fast food comes along, but that's exactly what's being offered at the newly-opened Hummus Bros on Wardour Street. The eatery was the brain-child of college friends Christian and Ronen, who came up with the idea a couple of years ago. One night, whilst searching for something filling yet cheap, they stumbled across a specialist delicatessen with three basic ingredients: pitta bread, hummus and olive oil. They'd soon polished off their bowls, with one remarking ' I could eat a good meal like that everyday.' An idea was born... and Hummus Bros is the result.
OK, so there's nothing new about hummus itself, being a staple of the Mediterranean diet for hundreds of years, but this is the first there's been a restaurant dedicated to the stuff. Oh, and in case you've forgotten, hummus is the chickpea-based paste you find the deli-counter of the supermarket along with taramasalata and guacamole. The boys freshly prepare their own hummus each day from their own secret recipe. There are no artificial flavourings or preservatives here.
They use the paste as a base for the main courses, which are basically a generous dollop of hummus, topped with a variety of toppings. There are just half a dozen at the moment, including chunky, stewed beef; chicken, pepper and tomato; mushroom; fava bean; and... er , chickpea. This all comes served with pitta bread - two slices for a regular-sized portion (between £3.50-£5) or one slice for a small portion (£2.50-4). There are a couple of side dishes and specials available, all around the £2.50 mark, including mixed vegetable salad, tabouleh and barbecued aubergine. Given the limited choice, your enjoyment of Hummus Bros is really gonna depend on whether you like hummus... and to what extent! As an alternative eating experience, the place pretty much achieves its aims. The service is very fast and the food very cheap. You could have a meal here for less than a fiver - main dish and side dish included!
My companion and I tucked in to the regular-sized portions of hummus with beef and hummus with chicken. I had a grilled vegetable size salad, which was nice, but would have perhaps been better less chilled. The hummus itself was excellent, and the meat toppings nicely succulent and flavoursome. It wouldn't have crossed our minds to opt for such a main meal anywhere else, but we both felt full afterwards and decided we'd return.
Decor-wise, the place is light, clean and airy, with black-wood flooring, grape-red tables and pretty, red hanging lights that could have come straight from the set of Star Trek. We're not sure if the disposable wooden cutlery was taking the fast food idea a bit too far, and you might wanna pass on the garlic sauce if you're planning to get passionate with anyone afterwards. However, if you're looking for cheap, healthy fast food in Soho though, this is one culinary concept worth giving a go.
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