Hummus Bar has changed owners and added Grill to its name, but these changes are for the better, says Diana. OK, the huge plates of hummus have been downsized, but much has been added to make up for it.
The platter-size flatbread, made and shaped and baked on the spot, is now free, and you can have as many as you want. Above the flatbread-making guy is a chalkboard of daily specials where you might see items like sweetbreads or goose pâté.
The regular menu has expanded also, with kebabs, shawarma, grilled fish, and even foie gras skewers, which are said to be big in Israel.
As soon as you sit, you get bowls of pickles and olives, a sweetish tomato salsa, and warm chickpeas in oil with fresh tahini that are just amazing, especially with the hot flatbread.
The mixed salads item has got to be one of the best deals around. There are about a half-dozen little bowls, including superminty tabbouleh, subtly smoky beet salad, creamy eggplant sautéed in oil, baba ghanoush, and tomatoes and basil in oil. You get endless refills of these for just $5 a person!
Hummus is still good, rich and creamy. You can get it topped with tahini and oil, cooked mushrooms, pine nuts, or other options. There are also tasty little green falafels—side dish only.
Hummus Bar and Grill [San Fernando Valley–West]
18743 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana