It’s simple. Food should be delicious, unfussy and shared. And the new hummus spot below DGS Delicatessen in Dupont certainly delivers. Little Sesame opened last week, serving lunch between 11:30am-3pm during the week. Verdict: yum, fun, worth it!
Here are a couple things to know before you go:
- Hummus is the main affair. Partners Nick Wiseman, David Wiseman, and Ronen Tenne have brought a little bit of Israel to DC with this venture, pushing us to re-conceive the ubiquitous but still humble hummus. Although we’ve grown accustomed to it as a dip, each bowl is a unique and filling meal. Creamy hummus forms the base and is topped with your choice of seasonal vegetables and meat. It’s accompanied by warm pita and a zesty herb and greens side salad dressed with sumac and honey.
- Veggies front and center. Little Sesame proudly joins a growing veggie-centric fast casual movement in DC. Four of the five bowls are veggie based, with one meat offering (currently pastrami and pickles in partnership with DGS upstairs). The classic bowl - topped with crispy chickpeas, smoked paprika and sauteed greens - is an easy entry point but the winter squash bowl wins the prize: different types of squash roasted until just caramelized, topped with pomegranate molasses and parsley. Yum.
- A visceral experience. There is something about eating with your hands around a communal table that makes the food taste better, right? This is the kind of gastronomical experience that appeals to your gut. The flavors felt good, it was a space we wanted to linger in, we were quickly chatting with our table mates, it seemed perfectly reasonable to try a stranger’s bowl, we were in a good mood - in fact, we were having fun.
Little Sesame is located at 1306 18th St. NW (below DGS Delicatessen). Open Monday through Friday, 11:30 to 3 pm. Website: http://eatlittlesesame.com/