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Mar 5, 2012 01:03 AM

best hummous?

I haven't had any success with any store bought ones here. Are any restaurants making great hummous?

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  1. Two places make pretty good hummus: Anatolia's Gate (and Anatolia Express), and Tibitsi Foods on Victoria and 54th.

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    1. re: fmed

      +1 for the Anatolia Express hummus --- and their Pita Bread. We have greek friends who grew up in the taverna tradition and continue to operate food businesses here in Canada -- they make hummus for us and it's good but that anatolia express version we ate a few weeks ago was a meal in itself (in terms of being wow, how could anything be better than this)

      1. re: Georgia Strait

        great..just what I am looking for. any difference between the gate and the express?

        1. re: 1newyorkguy

          The hummus taste almost identical. The breads are good at Express, but are much better at Gate owing to their firebrick oven at that the hummus seems to taste a bit better at Gate because it paired with the superior bread.

          1. re: fmed

            The Hummus @ Anatolia Express really is superb-I'm sure it has oil whipped in although not a lot.

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Tried it tonight...all the spreads, pide, and sesame seed pastry were incredible. Great tip.

    2. Nuba's hummous is pretty tasty. Their baba ghanoush is among the best in town.

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      1. re: Le Beep

        Nuba's Babaganoush used to have no seeds included no idea if that's still the case.

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          I've had it several times recently and the presence of seeds appears to depend on the eggplants used for each batch. Seedless or seedy, both are fine by me.

      2. Another worth mentioning is Zaatar Hummus Bar. It is a Kosher Israeli place on Davie. Details:

        Their hummus is very good, served with a little bit of olive oil and parsley on top as well as some whole chickpeas. I ordered it with falafel as well (for a $2 supplement) and they were freshly prepared instead of microwave variety. Very good falafel. And the pita was excellent too - not that cardboard like stuff you find at most places around town.

        My question is about their pita. It reminds me of the excellent pita that used to be made by the Israeli place on 2nd called Pita Star (in the current Nuba location there 2 businesses ago). But I haven't seen that pita anyplace in town. Is there a source to get it again? Or is this something they are making at Zaatar?

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        1. re: YVRChow

          Thanks for the Heads Up on Zaatar Hummus Bar I'm in that hood a couple times a month.

          BTW-that's Nuba on 3rd-I remember the name Pita Star but nothing else.

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            Ooops.....Yup. On 3rd. :) After it was the good Israeli run Pita Star it become a bizarre hybrid for a while with the same name that had frozen pita and frozen Indian food that was not very good. It closed shortly after that, then re-opened as Nuba. But I'm really curious where Zaatar is sourcing its pita. I want to get those for home consumption too - they are that much better than what else is out there!

          2. re: YVRChow

            Thanks YVRChow, I didn't know about this place.

            1. re: YVRChow

              Thanks for the reminder about this place. I work close by and have been a couple of times now. The hummus and pita is very good there.

              1. re: fmed

                The sprinkle of Sumac on top of the Hummus @ Zaatar is an interesting touch-had some for lunch today & I quite like it.

            2. our Persian acquaintance suggested we try Cazba off Lonsdale on 16th (west of Lonsdale on the north side of 16th) in North Van -- so we ordered hummous -- it is one of our "indicator" dishes -- the bread was nothing to write home about (very dry, which maybe is the Persian style, i don't know, but not enjoyable to us) -- the hummous was tasty alright, but much grainier than the Anatolia Express version (like comparing the texture of hot dog mustard to grainy mustard)

              if anyone is further curious - we had lamb ribs on a skewer - it was ok - the side salad was iceberg plus winter Cdn tomato and cucumber with a creamy white dressing (seemed like that english white "salad cream" that one can find in some supermarkets) -- and the white basmati rice with a dash of sumac. (it had saffron too) -- the rice was delicious - just the right amount of dry and fluffy, no grease. The service was prompt, polite, clearly a lot of regulars. The host/greeter explained to our young foodie about the religious display for the welcoming of persian spring.

              Overall - an interesting experience - we were in the neighbourhood so wanted to try it but i would not make a special trip. Sooner go to Anatolia Express for the hummous & pide - all by itself!

              ps - afterwards we went to the bakery Golestan - very friendly, this is a bakery where they weigh the cookies ...

              and then the nut store - Ayoub - so friendly, and a customer in line behind us explained how to use the barberries in rice. Very interesting.

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