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It’s Hummus, Not ‘Khummus’ - A SceneEats Guide

A traditional treat, hummus is the creamy goodness we all need every once in a while.

Ziyad El-Helbawy

While sugar, spice, and a mysterious 'x' ingredient brought the Powerpuff Girls to life, another equally magical and delightful concoction exists.

Creamy chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic, meticulously crafted with culinary expertise and love, yield the beloved superfood known and cherished far and wide – Hummus. This flavorful symphony, echoing through the ancient alleys of Middle Eastern cities, presents itself as a delectable delight we all crave from time to time.

Amidst hummus' battle with cultural appropriation, we've curated a selection of our beloved Levantine restaurants across Egypt. These establishments consistently showcase the authentic, Arabic essence of hummus.

Mini Beirut

Delivers all over Cairo 

When you’re craving a Lebanese kick but find yourself stuck within the confines of your office cubicle with no lunch break in sight, Mini Beirut can deliver some rich, creamy hummus right to your (office) doorstep. And if your cravings are perhaps more demanding than a dip, Mini Beirut has myriad Lebanese staples just waiting to be devoured.

Tamara

Branches all over Egypt

A true Lebanese classic bistro in Egypt, one can’t go wrong with Tamara’s signature hummus. Whether family gatherings or dinner dates, nothing gets a conversation going quite like a loaf of pita split over a bowl of Tamara’s hummus.

Sidra by the Citadel

Qaitbay, Alexandria

With stunning views of Alexandria’s bay and its Qaitbay citadel, Sidra by the Citadel is an upscale Mediterranean eatery serving both Middle Eastern and International cuisine. But the star of the show? You guessed it…  

Sabah w Masa

Lighthouse, Dahab

‘Tis the season for some Red Sea adventures, and when it comes to serene coastal escapades, Dahab reigns supreme. So if you perhaps find yourself wrapped around a Sinai-esque cape and craving some culinary Lebanese ease, you can walk (or cycle) right to Sabah w Masa on Dahab’s walkway.

Abdo Kofta

Qism El-Arab, Port Said

Despite its name suggesting a laid-back vibe, Abdo Kofta in Port Said offers a high-end Middle Eastern dining experience. This long standing establishment, frequented by notable figures and boasting decades in the industry, serves up a range of delights, from oriental grills to steak au poivre. Abdo Kofta's hummus, a flavorful and inviting appetiser, sets the stage for the culinary feasts that await.

Tawlet Yvonne

Street 18, Maadi

Boasting rustic cushioned chairs and glimmering yellow light bulbs, Maadi’s Tawlet Yvonne serves a myriad of colourful Lebanese delights, chief among them being their signature ‘hummus bil lahm’ that “perfects the art of el-lo’ma.”

Villa Caracas

Branches all over Egypt

An OG Lebanese eatery with spots all over the country, Villa Caracas’ pampers all its patrons with its pepper and pine topped velvety hummus. 

Ahwet Zeitouna

5A, New Cairo

Capturing the essence of a Lebanese street café, 5A’s Ahwet Zeitouna offers an ideal setting for indulging in Levantine snacks while enjoying a shisha, perfectly complemented by a pita dipped in hummus. Whether your travel plans include Kuwait, Qatar, or Lebanon, Ahwet Zeitouna is conveniently accessible for an authentic experience just around the corner.

Al Beiruti

Arkan Plaza, Sheikh Zayed & Garden 8, New Cairo

Serving up a signature toasted red pepper hummus, Al Beiruti’s creamy concoction is a must-try. Bonus point? Hummus fatteh.

Em Sherif

Park St., Sheikh Zayed & White by Waterway, New Cairo

Em Sherif, with branches serving both East and West Cairenes, presents an array of Lebanese delights. While their meat hummus might just be a taste of their extensive menu, it unquestionably steals the spotlight on the table.

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