The Best Hummus in Toronto
The best hummus in Toronto is far superior than anything available from a grocery store, and while it's easy enough to whip up at home in a food processor, there is something inherently social about hummus - how it's swiped up with hand-torn pita and shared amongst a spread of mezze.
These aren't just ho-hum hummuses, either. The chickpea puree offered by these restaurants is shown a lot of love; a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of paprika, maybe a flourish of chopped parsley. It isn't just a condiment - you'll find it featured as a filling snack and could even do as a meal, especially when loaded up with warm olives, shawarma or chicken skin cracklings.
Here is the best hummus in Toronto.
The chickpea puree isn't just a condiment at Dr. Laffa (though it's definitely an essential when dressing a laffa wrap). The Bathurst spot offers a thick and creamy hummus on its own ($6) or as a base for fried eggplant, mushrooms, falafel, shawarma, beans and boiled eggs, or chickpeas and tahini ($8).
The housemade hummus ($9) at this Dupont eatery mashes up chickpeas, tahini and lemon with the added kick of smoked chipotle. Paired with grilled pita bread, hummus gets an upgrade with extra toppings like lamb shoulder with carrot and mint, chili with gribenes (chicken skin crackling), or swiss chard, toasty pine nuts and sweet raisins.
At the city's northern limit, this Middle Eastern restaurant, grocer and pita bread bakery is home to multiple varieties of chickpea dip ($4.95) including blends with tahini, roasted red pepper or kalamata olives. Order it by the tub to go, or enjoy it in the dining room piled with shawarma ($11), fried lamb ($11) or foule ($6), a garlicky saute of brown fava beans with lemon juice and olive oil.
Hummus is a staple on the menu at this expanding chain of Middle Eastern eateries. As an appetizer with freshly baked flat breads, it can be had simply topped with pickled parsley and olive oil ($5.50), or made heartier still with generous additions of chicken or beef shawarma ($9).
The rich hummus is just one of many mezze selections offered en masse at this tapas bar on St. Clair, where 10 to 30 small plates ($32-$96) are meant be shared around the table. While there's lots to choose from, the chick pea puree is not to be missed - it comes mixed with tahini, lemon, and a blend of spices.
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