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Happy Hummus Hut

Happy Hummus Hut - St.John's

Happy Hummus Hut – St.John’s NL

Happy Hummus Hut, 208 Duckworth Street, (709)-579-5746,
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-6:00pm and Sunday Noon-6:00pm
Style: Vegetarian and Vegan food, eat in or take out
Rating:4 out of 5

Happy Hummus Hut, located across from the War Memorial in the busy shopping district of Duckworth Street, is a popular spot with the downtown lunch crowd. I noticed this on frequent walk by’s while passing through.On any given day more often than not there will be everyone from teens to business people lined up inside and it’s had me more and more curious about the place. The menu is comprised of vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan and gluten free options. This is a diet that is starting to take hold in the province. There are quite alot of vegetarians and vegans in the greater St. John’s area, but there have been limited options for them when it came to dining out. Slowly things are starting to change and the addition of the Happy Hummus Hut to the downtown dining scene is a step in the right direction. With one year of business under their belts, things are only looking up. Owner and chef Hlynn Kenny knows first hand the benefits and also the deliciousness of vegetarian and vegan foods and as such offers a simple, well prepared and flavorful menu at a very reasonable price.

The actual space itself feels very much like it’s name, a happy sunshine yellow paint highlights the walls, making things bright and open. A long ordering counter and cooking area is immediately to your left upon entry with the menu posted up on the walls written on chalkboards.There is seating in the rear of the space, though it is limited, seating 8-10 or so. There are two tables for two outside the business on the sidewalk as well, a nice touch for the summertime. People generally seem to pick up their food to go it seems so there is usually some seating free if you choose to eat in. The space has a neighborhood lunch counter, deli kind if feel to it, but with a more healthy creative menu and an array of engaging visual art on the walls.

The menu at Happy Hummus Hut is pared down but with an interesting variety. There are wraps, gluten free sandwiches and quesadillas, and a selection of hummus spreads, including a new one each day. The rice paper rolls come in varieties from curry to Sunday dressing, and you are welcome to mix and match or just order one with another meal. Sweet potato fries, garden salad customized however you like it and chick pea salad round out the side dishes and can be made in small or large sizes.They also offer a soup of the week, which is always a vegan and gluten free option. In addition to this there is also a small dessert menu. For beverages you won’t find the standard cola or beer, Happy Hummus Hut offered infused water, organic fair trade teas and coffee, hot chocolate, Zevia, a soft drink sweetened with Stevia, and coconut water.

Being familiar with rice paper rolls, I decided to try the falafel ones for my meal at the Happy Hummus hut, along with their sweet potato fries and a siracha mayo dip on the side. The rice paper rolls were filled with an almond and parsley pesto mixture, along with cucumber and tomato slices. It did indeed taste like falafel but fresher and lighter as it was not fried or served in flat bread. Almonds make a great alternative to the chick peas that are generally in falafel as well. Their sweet potato fries are a must try. Cooked on a panini grilled rather than deep fried, the complex sweet and mild spiciness of the sweet potatoes really comes through. The siracha mayo was the perfect dip to serve with it as well, though I imagine the curry mayo dip is equally good. The entire meal was very satisfying, filling yet light at the same time.

The Happy Hummus Hut is a fantastic place to go for a bite that is worlds away from the usual downtown pub fare. It is also a restaurant that is needed in the busy downtown for the vegetarian and vegan community. The staff are bright and friendly interacting warmly with regulars and strangers alike. There is no pretension, Happy Hummus Hut keeps is simple and tasty, all in a laid back welcoming atmosphere. Check them out the next time you’re out for lunch downtown.

Website: Happy Hummus Hut

By: Vanessa Wade

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