Review: The Humpit, Leeds

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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OK, the name might sound slightly dubious. But don’t let that put you off.

The Humpit is one of the newest arrivals to join the ranks at the Corn Exchange and has quickly grabbed people’s attention.

Despite specialising predominantly in one ingredient – in this case, hummus (or houmous) – it’s already swooped in at number two on the TripAdvisor list for Leeds eateries.

With all this hype and expectation, Oliver decided to give it a try.

Taking a seat underneath the Corn Exchange’s impressive glass dome, we are surprised to find we are the only customers.

But after just five minutes of perusing the menu, it soon fills up until there are no tables left.

We go into the main cafe to ask for help with the menu, which is slightly confusing, and an incredibly friendly server explains the process to us.

There’s a choice of either hummus or falafel in pitta bread, with salad and pickles for £3.50.

Then there’s the Humpit Classic for £4.50, with a bowl of freshly-made hummus served warm and topped with olive oil, parsley and paprika with a pitta bread on the side.

You can add extra toppings of falafel, pine nuts and tahina, mushrooms and onion or salsa for an extra £1.50, or a little bit of all three for the same price.

We both choose the last option. There are also sides including mixed pickles and rice with lentils, and we go for a Mediterranean salad.

The menu is concise but this place is all about doing things simply and doing it well.

There’s no denying the freshness of the ingredients.

All of the salads, sides and toppings are laid out in front of you at the bar – and it’s certainly not like in some other eateries where it looks like it’s been sitting out all day.

Whilst eyeing up the delicious ingredients we end up getting a freshly squeezed lemonade for £1.50 each, which they make in front of us.

Now, as a meat eater, I was a little sceptical about a vegan lunch. But when the food arrived (within 30 seconds), all fears were cast aside.

The warm pittas were light but full of flavour and the houmous was smooth with just a little kick.

The falafel was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, but were a little too big for us to finish. I was a particular fan of the mushrooms, which were rich but not overpowering.

Along with two extra pittas (which weren’t really necessary in the end), the bill was £16.50.

The food was fresh and tasty but with all the hype, Oliver was expecting a little more ‘wow factor’.

Nevertheless it was a thoroughly enjoyable meal, and a small price to pay for such a tasty lunch.

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