hum­mus homage

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Vancouver - abby Wise­man

Hum­mus is prob­a­bly the most widely known and loved food to come out of the Mid­dle East. It’s es­sen­tially chick­peas, tahini, lemon, gar­lic and olive oil, but the vari­a­tions have be­come more in­ven­tive as the Western world puts its take on the dip.

Balila (47 West Hast­ings) is an all-hum­mus eatery and fea­tures a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent op­tions, like beet hum­mus, yam hum­mus and pesto hum­mus. It also of­fers some com­bos with cau­li­flower or lamb meat­balls. Rice, fat­toush and tab­bouleh are also avail­able in their cold fridge.

First up was the cau­li­flower roasted with tahini and spices. The ra­tio of hum­mus to cau­li­flower was no­table and I had plenty of hum­mus left­over to scoop with pita. I would have liked a slightly crispy cau­li­flower.

Up next was the hum­mus and lamb meat­balls. Lamb is more gamey and pairs nicely with the lemon zip in the hum­mus. The hum­mus is smooth and creamy, a lit­tle tahini for­ward and not overly gar­licky, so you won’t gar­lic bomb your of­fice af­ter­wards.

I tried the Balila Hum­mus ($6.50) which had a wal­nut base, gar­lic, onions, red pep­per, dill paste and a lit­tle spice. This hum­mus was left a lit­tle more chunky and the wal­nuts gave it a very dif­fer­ent tex­ture.

I also en­joyed the Fat­toush salad ($7.50). This clas­sic salad is sim­ple with tomato, let­tuce, onion, radish and a lot of pars­ley. Af­ter the gar­lic of the hum­mus and the lamb it was nice to en­joy a re­ally fresh and bright salad, plus the pars­ley helps curb the gar­lic breath.

Balila is a new eatery in gas­town that of­fers an ar­ray of hum­mus and all the fix­ings. Abby Wise­man/for metro

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