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Our picks for the city’s top bowls of not-so-humble hummus

Shook’s Egg Sabich Bowl

10 This veggie-forward King West kitchen offers a deconstructed take on a sabich, the popular Israeli breakfast sandwich, on its weekend brunch menu. A bowl with a hummus base—which stands in for the traditional pita wrap—is loaded with all the usual (and some not-so-usual) sabich suspects: a sliced hard-boiled egg, avocado and cherry tomatoes, zhuzhed up with pickled chilies, za’atar and a mixture of fresh herbs that includes cilantro, dill, mint and parsley. As for the missing pita, it comes on the side. $19. 77 Portland St.,

Flaming Stove’s Falafel Bowl

9 Tucked inside a Davisville Hasty Market is a takeout counter with chicken shawarma so good that it recently spawned a stand-alone location in Newmarket. But chef-owner Costa Warwar makes a mean hummus too, topping it with super-crispy falafel hemispheres, pickled turnip, parsley and paprika. It’s best scooped up with some saj, an unleavened Levantine flatbread made in house. $10. 21 Davisville Ave.; 869 Mulock Dr., Newmarket,

Shawarma Frenzy’s Chicken Shawarma Bowl

8 The house-made hummus at this family-run spot on Pape is excellent on its own or with fresh pita—but it also plays a supporting role, providing a beautiful base for tender chicken shawarma that’s spent time luxuriating in chef Bakr Ghabra’s top-secret marinade. It’s finished with a colourful riot of pickles, banana peppers, onion, tahini and (by request) hot sauce. $12. 1011 Pape Ave.,

Fet Zun’s Charred Broccoli Bowl

7 A whole section of the menu at Anthony Rose’s Middle Eastern kitchen on Dupont is devoted to hummus. Rose decks it out with hefty add-ons, including chicken shawarma, crispy slices of eggplant and decidedly non-kosher shrimp. Our favourite take comes topped with charred broccoli, whole chickpeas, salty feta, apricot-mango amba, tahini, kicky finger chilies and house-made pistachio dukkah. $21. 252 Dupont St.,

The Haifa Room’s Autumn Bowl

6 At this Ossington restaurant, Palestinian- and Israeli-influenced dishes co-exist in harmony on the menu, including the kitchen’s eponymous plate: a bowl of silken hummus topped with seasonal accoutrements—in this case, rings of roasted delicata squash, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, shaved black truffle, fried sage, and lemon-rosemary salt. $22. 224 Ossington Ave.,

Aleppo Kebab’s Tomato-Parsley Bowl

5 The Beiruti hummus at this strip-mall restaurant in Scarborough is whipped through with finely diced tomatoes and a truly whopping quantity of fresh parsley, which gives each bite an herbaceous burst. A side order of flame-grilled spicy flatbread for scooping is a must. $6 and $10. 1960 Lawrence Ave. E.,

Amal’s Steak Bowl

4 Charles Khabouth’s swanky Lebanese spot brings a taste of the Beirut-born entrepreneur’s homeland to Yorkville. On his dinner and brunch menus, chef Rony Ghaleb serves his signature hummus, a crater in the centre filled with strips of AAA tenderloin, roasted pine nuts, poppy pomegranate seeds and savoury jus. $22. 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd flr.,

Dr. Laffa’s Masabaha Bowl

3 In Hebrew and Arabic, masabaha means “swimming,” and in this chain’s hummus masabaha, that’s exactly what whole chickpeas do in a made-to-order mixture of blended chickpeas and lemony tahini. On the side: a chewy house-baked round of the restaurant’s namesake bread. $10.99. Various locations,

Limon’s Whipped Bowl

2 At this Israeli restaurant in the Beaches, chef Ben Mishaev’s hummus arrives as a ring of garlicky, lemony whipped chickpeas. Resting in the centre is a pool of tahini, a dusting of sumac, a dollop of herby house zhug and a river of olive oil. After a few drags with hot grilled pita, it all starts to look like edible spin art—and it tastes even better. $12. 1968 Queen St. E.,

Parallel’s Mashweya Bowl

1 The secret sauce of the mashweya hummus at this Geary Avenue hotspot is the house-made tahini. They combine it with puréed chickpeas and add an array of toppings. This North African–influenced version is adorned with roasted red peppers, soft whole chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, a swift shake of sumac and a drizzle of tangy amba, a pickled mango sauce that adds a hint of sweetness and eye-popping colour. $19. 217 Geary Ave.,