A desire to share their passion for Middle Eastern food and culture led Kaitlin and Ziad Zammar to start The Hummus Club. Two years of working Perth’s market circuit and one successful $50,000 crowdfunding campaign later and the couple now has its own restaurant in Northbridge.
Situated in one of William Street’s first residences, the heritage building The Hummus Club is house in features a restored exterior and flooring. Inside, custom artwork by Tunisian calligraphy artist Karim Jabbari adorns an entire wall. On another, a pink neon sign by local company Write Light Neon decrees: “In Hummus We Trust”. Works by local artists will be steadily rotated through the venue.
“We wanted to create a space we loved that represents the best parts of Middle Eastern culture,” says Kaitlin. “We are so passionate about the flavours as well as showcasing the side to the Middle East that people have most likely not been exposed to before. This is our story. This is the Middle East we want you to know about.”
The Zammars believe there’s beauty in Middle Eastern food and culture, but both are often misrepresented. Instead of the predictable belly-dancing and shisha tropes, The Hummus Club focuses on vegetarian and non-vegetarian small plates that highlight Arabic, primarily Lebanese, cuisine.
Expect dishes such as ZFC (za’atar fried chicken) with pickles and a punchy garlic sauce called toum; pomegranate-glazed lamb meatballs known as keftas with house-made labne; and moghrabieh, a roasted-vegetable dish with spices and couscous. Fans of the eatery’s existing dishes from the markets and its Trinity Arcade pop-up will be pleased to see some familiar names on the menu: falafel and hummus bowls topped with marinated chicken, mushrooms and beef continue to be crowd pleasers.
The menu includes dishes discovered on trips to Lebanon as well as family recipes from Ziad’s tatya (grandmother), not least the restaurant’s signature hummus, which is made with Ord River chickpeas from northern Western Australia.
The Hummus Club
258 William Street, Northbridge
0411 896 670
Tue to Thu 5pm–11pm
Fri to Sun 12pm–11pm