HUM­MUS ELI­JAH

How can some­thing so healthy taste so good?

Let’s Eat - - WHAT'S INSIDE - WORDS BY SPANKY HIZON ENRQUEZ

The first thing din­ers see upon climb­ing the stairs to Hum­mus Eli­jah’s dis­creet lo­ca­tion on Makati Av­enue, di­rectly across the open park­ing of the A Venue Mall, is a framed plaque, air­mailed from the Trip Ad­vi­sor HQ in Mas­sachusetts. It’s a Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence for 2017, and it’s well de­served. Hum­mus Eli­jah is ranked #1 out of 1,180 restau­rant in the City of Makati. It’s an amaz­ing dis­tinc­tion for a la­bor of love, a de­liv­ery busi­ness that started out in Eli Lapid’s home kitchen just a few years ago. But that epony­mous hum­mus from the gentle­man veg­e­tar­ian from Is­rael who now calls the Philip­pines home? It’s a pas­sion project that took a life­time to per­fect.

The hum­mus is the silki­est I’ve ever had; it spreads as smoothly as but­ter, is as rich and as sat­is­fy­ing, but is surely a hun­dred times health­ier. It’s amaz­ing on any­thing: it’s an ap­pe­tizer or a main, of­ten even a condi­ment. But I love it most paired with the crunchy falafel that Eli­jah’s also fa­mous for. I just roll up a lightly toasted pita, stuff a cou­ple of pieces falafel, gen­er­ously ap­ply a heap­ing help­ing of the hum­mus, and drip the restau­rant’s deeply fla­vored olive oil all over the wrap. It’s Heaven on Earth.

PHO­TOS BY GABBY CANTERO

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