At the Hummus Club, on the veranda overlooking William Street on a sunny autumn day made for another enjoyable visit to this excellent restaurant – with its Middle Eastern inspired cuisine and well matched wine list.
The food always impresses here and our first choice was sublime – crisply fried WA octopus – so tender – served with spicy pepper jam, green tahini and threads of fennel – absolutely spot on.
Next, and equally as good – brown sugar cured salmon – juicy, succulent, topped with crunchy vinegary pickles, a sprinkle of zaatar and some toasted bread to slap it on. Light, refreshing, again so well turned out.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Club without some of its namesake – this time a large bowl of smooth, creamy, lemony hummus layered around the bowl and topped with nutty freekeh, pickled fennel, sweet, juicy currants, slivered almonds, onion, dill and chunks of candied carrots – with flat bread to mop it all up, this was a very large serve, and struggle, although an enjoyable one, to finish.
With the food it seemed very appropriate to try a wine from the Middle East – from Chateau Kefraya in Lebanon the Myst rosé – made from Cinsault and Shiraz and in a Moselle style bottle it has a bouquet of strawberries and spice. The crisp dry palate overflows with flavours of cranberries and tart raspberries.
Once again a great meal – excellent Lebanese influenced food, friendly and helpful waiters, very good and well matched wine list – and sitting out in the open air a joy on these Indian Summer days.