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The Best Hummus in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / April 5, 2011

Hummus TorontoThe best hummus in Toronto has a way of putting at-home food processors to shame. Despite the apparent simplicity of the dish, the simple blend of chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, a little olive oil and tahini never seems to come out as well at home. Fortunately, the restaurants listed below have been able to master the art of perfecting the Middle Eastern dip.

The best hummus, in my opinion, is creamy but still thick, rich in flavour and very garlicky. Matched with some warm, homemade pita, it's almost enough to make you forget about the main course.

Here is the list of best hummus in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Falafel in Toronto
The Best Shawarma in Toronto

Anatolia

Anatolia

Turkish restaurant Anatolia on Dundas West has some of the best-reputed hummus in the city. Made using a traditional Turkish recipe, Anatolia's hummus is creamy with slight spice, and drizzled with olive oil. To round off the Turkish experience, Anatolia hosts a monthly "Night Of Istanbul" event featuring Turkish musicians, belly dancers and fortune tellers. More »

Mashu Mashu

Mashu Mashu

Mashua Mashu in Forest Hill Village offers hummus among its many cold app options, best experienced through its combo appetizer of four. You can also try its hummus with a lunch sandwich or combo, or as an order of "mini hummus." And to drink? Authentic (Mediterranean?) smoothies. Whatever, still tasty. More »

Me Va Me

Me Va Me

The hummus at Me Va Me is worth the ungodly line you're sure to encounter on a busy night. Serving Middle Eastern/Israeli food, Me Va Me on Bathurst at Steeles serves its light and creamy hummus with a distinct Tahini punch, good just with pita or specialty appetizer such as shawarma on hummus. Make sure you save room--you'll need it. More »

Armenian Kitchen

Armenian Kitchen

Armenian Kitchen on Victoria Park Ave. north of Eglinton is so proud of its hummus, it has created a 1-minute YouTube video solely about its chickpea dip. Now that's love. Armenian Kitchen is another Middle Eastern restaurant serving falafels, kebabs, shawarma and lots of hot and cold appetizers and salads. More »

Sababa

Sababa

On Steeles between Yonge and Bathurst, Sababa's hummus is not just for dining in. Of course, you can order its hummus as an appetizer or main course with shawarma, lamb, or fava beans, but you can also grab a tub to take home. It also comes in several varieties including with red peppers, calamata olives, or spicy. More »

Jerusalem Restaurant

Jerusalem Restaurant

Jerusalem Restaurant is another place where you can take the hummus home with you. On Eglinton west of Bathurst, Jerusalem's hummus, which has just a teeny bit of heat, always seems to be on every table each time I visit. Its hummus with taheena, meat, or foule is available for take-out. More »

Akram's Shoppe

Akram's Shoppe

While it was gone for a while, Akram's Shoppe has been able to hold its own, I'm sure in no small part to its delicious hummus. A Kensington Market favourite for shawarma, kebabs, and more than a dozen varities of hummus, Akram's also offers falafels and many vegan and gluten-free eats. More »

Zocalo

Zocalo

For something a little different, Zocalo in the Junction Triangle offers sweet corn hummus made with apple cider vinegar, garlic, and mustard. And unlike the other restaurants on the list, Zocolo isn't just about Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine, although I'm not quite sure how you would classify its signature broken bread sandwich. More »

Tabule

Tabule

On Yonge north of Davisville, Tabule serves authentic Middle Eastern fare with its homemade hummus leading the pack, available plain, with pine nuts, or with meat. While its lamb, shrimp, and kebabs are also quite popular, none have seemingly elicited the same raves as the belly dancer who performs on weekends. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

shap / April 5, 2011 at 11:15 am
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I can't wait for the Best Shoelace store summary by BlogTO.
Chunder / April 5, 2011 at 11:22 am
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This really has to be one of the easiest foods to make. I think I make it at home the best. It really depends on the quality of quantity of tahini and lemon juice I think...
Beatrice / April 5, 2011 at 11:24 am
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I can't believe it! A "Best of TO" that features places north of St Clair! Usually for the writers of this website Bathurst and Steels is as far as the North Pole.
Anyway, I double Me Va Me and Sababa, which also has a well garnished grocery store right next to the restaurant. Haven't tried Anatolia yet, but it's on my list.
Dan / April 5, 2011 at 11:30 am
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In some parts of the world, such an article could start a war!

Kudos to Urback for excellent research and covering neighbourhoods all over the city.

This is the second article I've read about Akram's shop. I've really got to get down there soon!
Moshe Zuchter / April 5, 2011 at 11:39 am
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Great list. I agree strongly with your choices, especially Sababa. Hadad Bakery, on Keele, makes a real good hummus as well.
jay / April 5, 2011 at 11:41 am
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Just a suggestion for this feature generally--the pull-down menu of other "Best. . .in Toronto" columns would be easier to use if it were arranged alphabetically rather than chronologically.
TheWord / April 5, 2011 at 11:45 am
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I love that Armenian Kitchen made this list. I live in the heart of downtown and will frequently make a long-ass bus ride just to have lunch there.Their soups are also incredible.

Thanks for the list! Will have to try some of these other places.
Japhet / April 5, 2011 at 11:52 am
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I've been going to Armenian Kitchen since I was a little boy. Quarter of a century later, it's still good.
metropass replying to a comment from TheWord / April 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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Hahaha. The bus.

Thats precious.
hey / April 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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@Derek & BLogto now these are the lists i love to see. Covering the whole toronto, good job.
Michelle / April 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm
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I am very passionate about this topic, and wish I had known there was a poll for this. Mark McEwan's grocery store in Shops at Don Mills has the single greatest hummus I have ever tasted. It's the only thing worth buying there.
Tee / April 5, 2011 at 01:42 pm
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Kalendar's is amazing. House made and not the typical smooth with too much tahini.
laurel / April 5, 2011 at 02:59 pm
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i lovelovelove the hummus at mezzetta at st clair and christie!
Dan / April 5, 2011 at 03:01 pm
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aha. mezzetta has lots of great offerings!
saltspring replying to a comment from Michelle / April 5, 2011 at 03:48 pm
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Not true. Provided you take out a second mortgage, there are lots of good things to buy at McEwan's. His beef is excellent. His deli meats, especially the corned brisket, are wonderful. Found some scrumptious tomatoes there, best I've tasted from any store, and only $2.99/lb. Terrific selection of many high end gourmet items.

But, yeah, for the most part going to McEwan's is like getting swindled.
Silly / April 5, 2011 at 04:09 pm
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BUTLER'S PANTRY! (also for Baba)
Vic / April 6, 2011 at 12:36 am
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My family recipe is by far the greatest.
Straight from Syria, 5 decades, no complaints.
I wish there was a hummus challenge in Toronto...i would join in a heartbeat!!
Dan / April 6, 2011 at 08:57 am
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@Vic: you just gave me an idea. We can still do it online through a blog roundup and voting (even if it's a roundup of recipes). Email me through my website if you're interested (just click on my name).
jog / September 10, 2011 at 03:47 pm
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I dream about the hummus at Jerusalem, the garlic is intense and I've yet to find anything else as spectacular. I just wish they weren't so bloody far north...
Danny / May 12, 2012 at 02:35 am
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The best hummus For sure will be at Sultan resturant (main&danforth) it is just amazing! Always fresh and made from scratch just like everything else . Love their food ! And it's only for 2.99 and it comes with apita
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm
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i lovelovelove the hummus at mezzetta at st clair and christie!

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