The Hummus Club
Two years of working Perth’s market circuit and one successful $50,000 crowdfunding campaign led Kaitlin and Ziad Zammar to open The Hummus Club in late 2016.
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 decrees: “In Hummus We Trust”.
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 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 are 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.