How can something so healthy taste so good?
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.
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