Just in Time for Spring, Patio-Happy Hamsa Debuts Sunday Brunch

Shane Dante
Just in Time for Spring, Patio-Happy Hamsa Debuts Sunday Brunch

Brunch at Hamsa

ON A PRETTY spring Sunday, the retractable wall of windows by Hamsa’s bar open onto its patio, filled with cool people, fab food and immaculate vibes. The Rice Village Israeli resto just debuted its inventive new brunch menu, and people are already raving. Recently nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur, owners Itai Ben Eli and Itamar Levy continue to retool their modern Israeli cooking for the discerning Houston foodie.

On the menu, expect Mediterranean classics like Shakshuka — or opt for one of the new creations like the Green Omelette served with Feta and Kasserie cheeses, sourdough and Labane (a traditional middle eastern yogurt).

The schnitzel sandwich is shareable — and not to be missed. It’s a large chicken schnitzel loaded with thick slices of seasoned eggplant served on a large puffy roll. And even the hummus has gotten a brunch-approved upgrade: The mushroom version is topped with a mountain of ’em, plus a soft-boiled egg.

Try one — or all! — of the flavorful mimosa offerings including strawberry ginger or pomegranate mint. For the true Israeli experience, try the Raspberry Fizz with Arak. Arak is 100 percent alcohol that’s said to have healing properties, including aiding with digestion.

Raspberry Fizz

Mushroom Hummus

Tahini Brandy Milk Punch

Schnitzel Sandwich

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