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S. Lefkowitz

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on March 30, 2014 / review policy

S LefkowitzS. Lefkowitz, Toronto's first hummusia is now open where Ezra's Pound on Dundas West once stood. Still owned by Ezra Braves, the space has been refreshed and converted from coffee to hummus-making facilities. Whole ingredients are proudly displayed in glass vessels while sepia-toned portraits of Braves' grandparents overlook the room.

Scrawled on black boards, the menu is simple and straightforward: hummus, tahini and labneh spread onto plates and topped with spice blends, oils and selections like spiced meat or warm olives. Toasty pita is supplied on the side while extra orders are half a buck each.

S Lefkowitz TorontoThe house-made hummus is sold in two sizes: regular ($6.75) and snack ($5.35). Pulverized seasoned chickpeas blended throughout the day are back-spooned into a swish on a plate. Ordered with warm olives ($8.25), the spread is drizzled with olive oil and topped with braised green olives, lemony chickpeas, za'atar and a dusting of dry harissa seasoning.

S LefkowitzThe tahini ($6 regular, $5.5 snack) is substantial too, not some runny dressing but a thick creamy spread dressed with smokey harissa oil. Tart and creamy labneh is priced the same and topped with mint and oil. Assembling a filling meal is easy and the assortment of dips and nibbles are incredibly satisfying.

S LefkowitzStrong pour-over coffee ($3), an organic Guatemalan bean from Ezra's Pound, is on the menu along with loose black teas ($3) spiked with handfuls of fresh mint or liquorice root. Medjool dates served with toasted walnuts and a sticky drizzle of rosewater orange syrup is finished with a hit of fresh mint.

S LefkowitzS. Lefkowitz, is open daily from about 10:30am. There are about 20 seats inside while the side patio will double that once the weather turns for the better. The entire menu is available to go sold by weight.

S LefkowitzPhotos by Andrew Williamson

Discussion

27 Comments

Hum Muss / March 30, 2014 at 12:56 am
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mmmmm hummmmusssss...
Eye haw / March 30, 2014 at 09:39 am
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Meh.
jameson / March 30, 2014 at 10:04 am
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No hookah?

I'm just kidding. But isn't it supposed to come with like onions and hard boiled egg or something? I know the place is new, but I'm just so curious because I think this is incredibly awesome and saves me a trip to tel aviv...
amms101 / March 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm
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Humus of Toronto YASS
david / March 30, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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Yum! Excited for the patio.
Sonia / March 30, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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does anyone know what time they close at??
U Stoopid replying to a comment from rkg / March 30, 2014 at 06:09 pm
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Oh, absolutely. Restaurants should operate at a loss so that you can go park your cheap ass there all night and socialize for free. The best dates are the ones that don't cost you any money, right? And no doubt you personally work for $2.00 an hour.
EatingYourContent / March 30, 2014 at 07:37 pm
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Price point is a bit steep considering the ingredients but until you've actually tasted the food, you can't say either which way. It's like saying a good Burger joint shouldn't charge $14 for a Burger because McDonalds charges $3.
U Stoopid / March 30, 2014 at 08:51 pm
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McDonalds doesn't charge $3 for burgers anymore. They are actually not as cheap as they have convinced the public they are. Bills have to be paid, wages must be given to staff. Relax and enjoy the food but don't expect it to cost the same as if you prepared it at home. Nothing is that cheap.
McJacks / March 31, 2014 at 12:07 am
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I get the McDonalds $1.69 McDouble Cheese Burger all the time they have burger under $3, smaller ones but they still burgers.

http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/menu/full_menu/sandwiches/mcdouble.html#/
mb / March 31, 2014 at 09:04 am
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Some of the better hummus I've ever eaten came from this recipe (and excellent book). Actually pretty easy to make!

http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1014943/basic-jerusalem-style-hummus.html
matt / March 31, 2014 at 09:26 am
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And how much do you pay for nachos in a resto instead of at a store? And chicken wings?
U Stoopid / March 31, 2014 at 10:37 am
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Well McJacks, stick to McDonald's then. Pay whatever they want for a large fries and it won't occur to you how cheap potatoes are.
McJacks replying to a comment from U Stoopid / March 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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I'm in support of this hummas restaurant, yes we pay more in a cafe or restaurant for service, environment, quality of food - I'm fine with that.

I do understand the price between a potato, fries, and a bag of chips. The comparisons are endless, whole bag of popcorn seeds $0.99, Bag of Smart Food $2.99, Kernels $4.99, Movie Theatre Popcorn $7.99 - SO what's your point?
Richard S replying to a comment from Eye haw / March 31, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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"Meh", meaning "I have a time machine and ate there next week after it opened", or "meh" as in "i don't understand food"?
Perry Como / March 31, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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so many cheap assholes post here. go back to your mamas basement…..all of you
kp / March 31, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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I was excited to read about this place but now that I see the pictures I'm suddenly not that interested anymore.
U Stoopid replying to a comment from McJacks / March 31, 2014 at 05:32 pm
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What do you think my point is? You complain that seven bucks is too much to pay for a dish because you know the price of unprocessed chickpeas. My point is $7 is the going rate for a small plate of food nowadays in Toronto. It's $7, not $17. If you don't like it, eat at home and save all sorts of money.
By the way, "Popcorn Seeds" are more commonly known as corn kernels.
hummus_asli / March 31, 2014 at 09:46 pm
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Coming up next, a falafel "bar", where each ball is sold for $9. After that, a french fry "bar", where each fry is $3.

Imagine if you had to pay $7 to get hummus added to your falafel. These prices are an absolute joke. And yet, 5000USD for a hand bag seems equally insane.
jim / April 1, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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Shut up you losers..none of you even pay to go out to eat because you probably wouldn't know quality and hard work if it hit you in the tits.
tired of whiners replying to a comment from hummus_asli / April 1, 2014 at 05:28 pm
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You don't have a clue of what you are whining about, so perhaps you should stay quiet until you go and find out the prices and what you actually get for it.
Kate / April 1, 2014 at 07:02 pm
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Just ate at newly opened S. Lefkowitz - yummy hummus served with generous amount of warm olives and lightly toasted pita.Large size was ample for two to share as a snack. Owner was present, friendly and enthusiastic about his fare. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
McJacks replying to a comment from U Stoopid / April 1, 2014 at 08:06 pm
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Ummm I think your making up a debate in your mind. I never complained about the prices at this restaurant at all, please take the time to read the comments of people your replying to.

I think this cafe is a great idea and prices are what Id expect to eat out at a cafe. Prices are always more when you eat out, I question restaurants practices when I can get a whole meal 3 course meal at a run down restaurant in Parkdale for $3-$4.

You stated McDonalds doesn't charge $3 for burgers anymore and I simply stated that I order a $1.69 burger off their menu regularly for a snack. I did not mention or complain about the prices at S. Lefkowitz, you made that part up.
David / April 3, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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Writing about a place without eating there is really unprofessional .Because if you had, as I did this afternoon, you would know this is the worst hummus ever. It tastes like nothing crash was used in making it. I suspect even the chick peas came out of a can. The stuff is lovely , but I came to eat and was horrified by the food. And I know hummus . I grow up in Israel and was exited about the place. Total disappointment . TOTAL !
Carl / April 11, 2014 at 11:57 am
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Those fast food burgers you're paying $2 for aren't even 'food'. Half of the ingredients are from a lab.

And David you are full of shit as I have eaten there and the hummus is awesome!
HitMeWithHummus / April 13, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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As the only person in the comments section that's actually eaten here I can tell you that this place is amazing. Today I met my fam there who drove in just to try this place and we plowed through 90% of the menu. Absolutely incredible. Each one of us also tried a different tea (amazing) and I finished with strong coffee and the walnuts and dates (like candy) It was so great that we all ordered more to go and they're already planning our next Sunday get together there. I'm going to have to figure out how to leave work to hit them up before they close at 5:30 every weekday, otherwise I'll be holding court on the patio on weekends or hauling their goods to the park. Staff were rad and attentive and the space is pretty damn cool. You can all keep needling at each other in the comments section while have this place to myself.
ezra / June 18, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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Hi - Hitmewithhummus. Thanks for coming in - sorry for the late reply but I'm glad yo liked everything.

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