Palestine is a country. No argument. Okay, now that’s out of the way here’s the review… We found out about this Palestinian run restaurant from a blog about hummus and apparently this is arguably the place to go for good hummus in Berlin. According to the author among their mainly Palestinian and Lebanese customers they also get several Israelis visiting for that authentic taste of home. I see this positively because if Israelis in Berlin visit Azzam and are welcomed there then this is a small glimmer of hope.
We headed to Azzam on a Sunday lunchtime to try some of that delicious hummus. The place was packed and we got the last table, finding that were the only ‘Westerners’ there for a while. The blog I read had also recommended their musabaha which is a dish similar to hummus but less creamy with more texture, made on the spot and served warm with whole chickpeas running through it. I chose a bowl of this and Richard went for hummus with sharwama chicken. The prices were super cheap with the two dishes and two bottles of sprite costing 10 euros and free tea available. They also serve the usual middle Eastern imbiss suspects of falafel and sharwama sandwiches, tellers and also turkish pide pizza all at good prices.
The hummus and musabaha came in huge bowls which was a ridiculous portion for one person. On the side was a slightly bizarre ‘salad’ consisting of a whole onion, some mint sprigs and sliced tomatoes and they gave us a six pack of Arabic flatbread to mop it up. Richard’s hummus bowl had a good sized dollop of chicken on top. It was all really delicious; thick, creamy well seasoned hummus and satisfying warm musabaha which is a total comfort food. Richard made his way bravely through the entire bowl whereas I ended up defeated leaving half a bowlful behind. The salad remained fairly untouched.
Azzam is definitely another awesome find thanks to my blog and thankfully is only a couple of streets away so we will be back again and again for a hummus fix. Soon we will also visit their Israeli hummus counterpart in Berlin to see how they compare and contrast and for once be able to ignore the politics and conflict and concentrate on cultural culinary similarities instead.
Date of visit 4 October 2015