Happy Hummus Hut

Jun 01 2012

208 Duckworth Street, 579-5746
www.happyhummushut.com

27 responses so far

  1. Stopped in on Wednesday for the first time just for a snack, and tried the Happy Rolls…. SO YUMMY, I have been fantasizing about them ever since. I might go back today for more!! If those rolls are any indication, I’m excited to try the rest of the menu :)

  2. Had a yummy yummy wrap here with taco hummus. I can see this becoming one of my favourite lunch drop ins.

  3. Great place if you like spending $8 for 50 cents worth of vegetables. Go to Cain’s up the road for a decent feed if you’re hungry because this place doesn’t have a clue.

  4. I have been twice now, and love the concept and have really enjoyed some of the food. I have a couple of constructive criticism points if HappyHummusHut is interested…
    1. Put more filling in the rice paper rolls.. they’re really tasty, but if they’re too small they look kind of puny and they’re also too chewy as there’s too many layers of rice paper.. Why not add some veggies to the filling?
    2. I understand the concept of separate stations/ no contamination, but it’s frustrating if there are two staff members doing nothing and a line of people waiting at one station… find a way to make service more efficient
    3. Don’t use styrofoam! paper or reusable containers are way better and fit better with the whole concept

    Thanks and good luck :)

  5. The food is good, but as mentioned above, you don’t get a lot of bang for your buck. We picked this up lunch one day, 3 raw taco rolls, a salad, and 2 dessert rolls, it all fit inside one small styrofoam container. 20 dollars worth of food should take up a little more space!

  6. i love the concept! it’s so nice having healthy veg food downtown. i want to see places like this survive, so i’ll also give my two cents:

    -more filling in the rice paper wraps, i think charging $4.50 is reasonable, but only if there is more too them.

    -there should be a protein or grain option for the salad. beans, chickpeas, something! i want to feel full when i’m done eating

    -staff were very helpful and friendly! although like someone mentioned above, it’s frustrating when there is a group of people waiting for 1 station, and the rest are empty.

  7. Went in here recently and I have to agree with most of what was already written, friendly, helpful staff, they all said hi when I walked in and asked if I had been in before, then explained the ordering system. I had a wrap and it was super tasty. Again, bit of repeating, but for constructive criticism, you dont really get much in terms of portion size, a tortilla wrap with some hummus, and a palmful of veggies will run you about 6 dollars, it was very good, but very basic and kind of small. My friend had 3 taco rolls, which were also very good, but tiny. It wasnt busy when I was in, but if it was crowded I could see the different stations being a bit of chaos. I will definitely be going back, its great to see some healthy options downtown aside from the usual pub fare, and something in a different area, the other end has Rocket and the Sprout, this end of Duckworth is a good location I think. I hope the owners take peoples suggestions into consideration and work out some of the kinks.

  8. I really wanted to like this place. I even tried it three times.

    Pros
    -Name
    -Friendly Staff

    Cons (there are lots)
    -A very strange, limited menu. The name “Happy Hummus Hut” had me visioning loads of deliciously awesome, fresh items. Umm, not quite.
    -Extremely poor bang for your buck
    -They use styrofoam
    -During my last (and final) visit they had NO FORKS. No plastic forks after their first week? At this rate they’ll be out of vegetables come July. And to make matters worse, the owner just shrugged it off.

    Save your money. For a few extra bucks you could eat like a king at J Korean.

  9. I work in the area of Duckworth St. where the Happy Hummus Hut is located. For those of us who buy lunches in this part of downtown, it is great to have such a fresh, healthy meal option.

    I have eaten here a few times now, and the following points sum up my experience:

    -the staff are extremely friendly, informed and helpful.
    -the overall atmosphere is bright, clean and cheery
    -the veggies are very fresh and the hummuses (?), of which there are usually three, are consistently tasty.
    -portions are somewhat smaller than I’m used to, but this may be a good thing for someone like me, who could probably benefit from smaller portions :).

    I do understand people’s complaints about portion sizes, and I don’t think they’re unwarranted. Keeping in mind that this is a brand new business that is testing fairly new ground (I don’t know anywhere else in town where so much attention is paid to the avoidance of cross-contamination, etc.), I think they should be given a chance to work things out. The overall formula for this business is good; I think they just need to work out a few kinks.

  10. Let me summarize in three words what seems to be the main complaint about this place: small portion sizes! Hummus Hut, if you address this issue, people are gonna like you!

  11. Felt the need to update my review of a few days ago- went to the Happy Hummus Hut for lunch yesterday and my wrap was large and bulging with super fresh veggies. Filling and delicious. Way to listen to your dining public!

  12. I left starving! Way over priced!

    The staff were lovely and I liked the fun colors of the decor.

    (I had to say SOME positive things!)

  13. Much improved from when they first opened. The vegetarian wrap was much larger than the one I had the first time and well worth the money now. Anyone who wrote it off early on should give it another chance.

  14. We dropped in for a coffee and decided to get some sweets as well. We had both the chocolate fudge wrap and the orange spice wrap. They are rice paper wrapped two-bite desserts. They were delicious. The chocolate fudge one was nice and gooey and is layered upon an apple slice. These two flavours work well together (who knew?). The orange spice was very good too. Service was friendly and the coffee was really good. We’re vegan so it was nice to have somewhere to go that serves almond milk with the coffee. We’ll be back.

  15. Disappointed when I went there today to check out menu and it was closed???? Hours of operation say that its open till 8pm.Not good for a new restaurant.

  16. This has quickly become my favourite lunch spot downtown. They’re new and have been improving with every visit. I love that I can eat healthy on my lunch break now. Downtown St. John’s needs more healthy, affordable places for its dining public. For me, the Happy Hummus Hut fills that need. I really love it there and have brought many friends who have also shared this opinion. You have to give new businesses a chance to hit their stride. My advice: try it for yourself. A few times!

    PROS:
    -Friendly, helpful, accommodating staff put most of downtown St. John’s eatery staff to shame. The service is beyond great.
    -Portion sizes have increased to be a better value for your dollar. The toppings for the wraps and flatbreads I’ve ordered have been generous.
    -Fresh veggies and plenty of new and different daily spreads.
    -The owner’s committment to healthy, fresh and as-local-as-possible ingredients
    -Always very tasty!

    CONS:
    -Doesn’t have an appealing storefront (flaky window paint, sloppy curtains)
    -Could be a lot faster (perhaps add another couple of grills)
    -The dessert is a disappointment (sadly, the fudge is a bit bleh)
    -Gluten free flat bread is super tasty but a bit small for what you pay for (but having bought that very same bread from Nourish Bakery myself, I know they’re pre-cut in those small quarters, so that’s likely the reason…but still for $8 you’d like to have more than half a sandwich)

    How’s that for a fair review? Overall, still a place I dine weekly and far better service and healthier food than what’s available downtown. So that will keep me coming back!

  17. I went to the Happy Hummus Hut for the first time today. I heard about the place back in June but after walking by a couple of times I didn’t really feel compelled to go in, no matter how hungry I was. The storefront just looks a bit messy with the weird curtain and paint on the window. Perhaps the owner is going for an organic type of look but I don’t think it’s working here. Each time I went by I just assumed that it was a bit dirty and messy inside, based on the look of the outside. I don’t think this is an unreasonable assumption but I was pleasantly surprised (and happy) that it wasn’t as I thought.

    The staff were friendly and walked me through the confusing menu and ordering system. I ordered a GF quesadilla and taco rice paper roll. The quesadilla was really great, fresh and delicious. The taco roll was good but not great. It was very filling but it was a tiny bit bland. It might need a pinch or two of salt to bring out the flavours.

    For my quesadilla and rice paper roll the total was just over $10. I thought the price was reasonable, given that you’re all but guaranteed no gluten cross contamination. If I wasn’t concerned about cross contamination I would probably have the opposite opinion.

    Overall, I was pleased with the experience and will most likely be back.

  18. I had take-out from the Happy Hummus Hut today for the very first time and I’m extremely pleased with the food, and the experience. The staff were super friendly and helpful, and they explained the cross-contamination thing until the point we said we had no sensitivities. Neither of us are vegetarians, vegans, and neither of us have gluten sensitivities.

    My order was a hummus dipper (the Signature) with the veggies and delicious rice crackers. I also had a taco rice paper wrap and the felafel rice paper wrap. The taco wrap was definitely the better of the two. My spouse had a taco wrap, felafel wrap, and the Happy wrap. He also had the sweet potato fries with their chili lime salt. He loved it all!

    For my 2 wraps, hummus dipper, his 3 wraps and sweet potato fries the total was $22, which I think is very reasonable.

    I have no complaints about the service, atmosphere, or food. I think they’re doing a great job and I think they have set themselves apart from a lot of other restaurants downtown. I think they should try to go around downtown and hand out samples in the Water St area some day – get people to try the food so that the awareness is out there!

  19. Great spot! first time going, used my groupon, really happy with the experience. the wraps were super filling and tons of veggie and topping options, really good service, and nice fun atmosphere. highly recommend for a healthy lunch option. i feel full but not gross like after eating atmore chain type or heavy food restaurants. loved it. the infused water was delicious and refreshing. i’ll be back!

  20. Luv the name, friendly service, strange setup but the idea behind it is allergy related. Excellent hummus(curried pumpkin extra yummy) the veggie sandwich wraps are delish and reasonably priced. Quesadillas are quite good and also reasonably priced. The falafel rice paper rolls are good but I prefer traditional middle eastern in a pita with pickled turnips etc..Also the infused water is refreshing. Although just starting out I’m sure things here will only get better. Sure there are kinks to work out but the owner seems super determined to please her guests. I think the overall concept of a raw food resto for St. John’s is a good one. The Happy Hummus Hut is definetly the go to spot if raw wholesome food and personable service is what you’re looking for. Two people can totally have a great lunch for 20 bucks! One breakfast at the Bagel Cafe will run you more than that(frozen homefries) for sure! Plus Happy Hummus Huts sweet potato fries rock

  21. i tried the pomegranate vinaigrette on a salad last week and it was AMAZING! never stop offering this dressing

  22. So good. The sweet potato fries are the best part. Served with curry mayo and are perfect as a side, or a full meal.
    Rice paper rolls are great for a snack, wraps and quesadillas are great for a big lunch. Signature hummus is my favorite, but there is always a chance to try the spread of the day, and if you aren’t sure what to get Hlynn will let you sample! The dressings are perfect compliments to the hummus, especially the pomegranate lime one.
    Twice now I have been there and Hlynn let me try her fudge, I had candy cane and pumpkin spice and it’s so good! I never tried a desert roll but I can imagine they are perfect for something sweet based on the spoonfull of fudge.
    They post the spread of the day on facebook, so you can know what it is before you go (this is a problem for me because I want to try them all!).
    You can really tell how much Hlynn cares about your experience and she treats every bit of the food with care, I can’t help but feel good when I eat here.

  23. I’ve tried to go there several times (during advertised business hours, no less) and it’s always been closed. Can’t make money if you’re not open, guys! And my Dad was with me once, and he’s a big spender.

  24. The staff and owner were super friendly and the food was tasty, filling, and well-priced. I had the curry rice paper rolls, and they were filled with a delicious nut pesto and plenty of carrots, green beans, and raisins. The rice paper itself was kind of chewy, but as I’m not used to rice paper rolls, maybe that’s how they always are? But the flavor was impeccable. I also had the Mayan hot chocolate, which was wonderfully spiced.

  25. Had the taco rolls and thu were great!!!! Loved the almond purée — really filling!!

  26. I’ve been here quite a few times now and the time between my visits keeps getting shorter. not only do I love having vegan options without having to ask a ton of questions and have things substituted or left out but the staff is amazing! I was there today and even though I didn’t know the staff or the other customer there it felt like I was just hanging out and eating delicious food with some old friends. I always have a great experience and the cookies and brownies are to die for.
    Thanks!!

  27. I cannot say enough good things about this place. I am in love with the wraps, especially when the curry hummus is on the menu, I literally dream of this place!!