It’s quite refreshing to find somewhere that has a small menu, usually when I head to a new place for lunch I end up spending a good 15 mins blankly staring at the menu trying to make a choice, and even then I’ll only have decided on what bread I want. So when I rocked up to Humpit I was pleasantly surprised by their short but sweet (not literally) menu, it’s pretty much hummus, pita & falafel.
It’s on the ground level of the Corn Exhange with seating inside the cafe, and outside (but still inside the Corn Exchange, if you see what I mean). I had a chat with the owner Jonathan before ordering, very lovely chap, who told me about how they made the hummus fresh.
To drink we had a Fresh Lemonade (£1.50) each which was delicious, sharp and refreshing. Plus an absolute bargain at £1.50 for a big glass!
Me and P both went for The Mixed Bowl (£6) which included hummus, a falafel with tahini sauce, spicy salsa and mushrooms & onions served alongside a warm pita. The hummus was rich, smooth and creamy, the kind you try to recreate at home but actually end up with a slightly lumpy (pass it off as rustic) mess. The falafel was definitely the best I’ve had in a while. Well spiced and not at all dry like they usually are. The salsa was nice and had a kick however not for me (I have a bit of a weird thing about tomatoes and creamy things). The mushrooms and onions were a nice addition to the mix; well cooked and full of flavour.
The bowls are served with warm pita which were tasty and a decent size. P felt like the hummus vs pita ratio was a bit unbalanced and thought it should come served with more (you can buy an additional pita for 50p) however I was happy with mine, I even ended up donating half of mine to his cause.
We also had the Mixed Pickles (£1.50) which I absolutely loved! They cut through the rich hummus perfectly. I’m a pickle fiend anyway, my go to snack is a jar of pickled chillies!
At £6 (plus pickles and drink) it’s not the cheapest lunch however it is VERY filling. We had an early lunch, around 12.30pm and I didn’t feel like eating again till 9pm that evening (and I’m a real grazer).
I’d definitely recommend checking out Humpit if you’re after a tasty, fresh lunch – promise me you’ll get the freshly squeezed lemonade! Plus you’ve got to love somewhere that has the balls to serve such a limited menu.