This was my first time to try out Budapest Hummus BÁR after my honey’s lusting for Budapest’s falafel and hummus he had in 2007 with his mother on an European trip. The nearby vegetarian Hummus Bar (Kertész utca 39 in the Jewish District) was closed during my 2-day Budapest visit due to some odd kitchen malfunctions, which was unfortunate, so we ended up walking further to the 5th District’s hagyományos HUMMUS BÁR, near Liberty Square (Szabadság tér) and the Basilica (which sorta reminded me of Roma). It’s off Október 6. utca 19. Firstly, we were served small glasses of free lemonade with mint; they were the best, icy beverages during a heat wave.
I had a hummus plate of fresh falafel balls for 1200 HUF (~ $6.50). The hummus was so creamy and lovely. It was the best hummus I ever had so far! I loved the fresh herbs and the olive oil within the hummus. The fresh falafel balls were to die for: the perfect crunchiness–neither soft or crispy–but blooming with herbal-crushed-chickpeas-flavour.
Along with the falafel plate, we tried an Israeli-style laffa with zaatar (a homemade bread topped with traditional Middle-Eastern spice), for 400 HUF (~$2.20 apiece). Mind my ugly flash photo (totally evil in food photography, but I’m using my compact Canon S95 for these pictures).
I had a colossal-sized falafel wrap (only $4.50 apiece) twice in a row and it tasted so good with that bread (only served at 5th District’s Hummus Bar, all hummus bar spots serve different breads). The first time was dreamy good, but the second time was a bit difficult to finish due to the fact that I ate some of the hummus plate.
At the other, smaller “vegetarian” Hummus Bar (V. ker. Alkotmány str. 20), I was the first customer to try the falafel pita (~$2.20, which was cheap and still good). Different pita bread, but the combinations in the pita sandwich tasted lighter than the other hummus bar’s wraps. There were 8 fresh falafel balls in there.