Hummus Bar in Tarzana - Better than Ever!
We had dinner Saturday night at Hummus Bar and Grill in Tarzana.
We sat at the bar and every aspect of our experience exceeded our expectations!
If you know it from a past visit, it is not the same. They have expanded their menu (they even have hot dogs and french fries for children) and stepped up their service!
Immediately, when we sat down we were presented with freshly made, hot pita/bread (about a 12" diameter) and an assortment of four different accompaniments...almost like Korean banchan! There was so much food at this point -- less than a minute after we were seated -- that we didn't even have to order! Then, one of the cooks presented us with a huge, complimentary plate of hummus and mushrooms and said: "Try this!" We took up an extra seat at the bar because there was so much food in front of us!
The lamb shawarma was delicious; it was shredded and crispy. The hummus is some of the best I have tasted outside the homeland, and their chickpea appetizer is extraordinary; they put a dollop of tahini on it. Also, their pickled veggies -- served complimentary when you sit down -- are a nice crunchy contrast to the other items.
Service was amazingly attentive! All of the cooks in front of us, at one time or another, asked us if we wanted anything else. They even tried to serve us another hot pita! Our server stopped by a few times to find out how we were doing. We felt very coddled and indulged.
Our entire meal was about $20 for two...a real value and a very pleasant, casual and fun dining experience!
Hummus Bar and Grill
18743 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana
They are located in the Tarzana Village Shopping Center. Beware that all of the parking lot spaces are 30 minutes, so park below the shopping center for free -- or on the street at a meter.
They are open late: Daily from 11am to 1am and Saturdays from 11am to 3am!
Check their website: http://www.hummusbargrill.com/aboutus...
I was waiting for that "slightly brash service" to which you refer, but it didn't happen. This is the new and improved Hummus Bar!
The Israeli cooks were joking with us, and they were genuinely worried that we weren't eating enough! They kept offering us more food! They even wanted us to order tea and baklava...very, very gracious service!
I had yet another really good experience with Hummus Bar and Grill today.
My take-out order was large-ish and complicated. The staff was patient, helpful and gracious. They pampered me with hospitality while I was waiting -- just a short time -- for my order to be completed: "Would you care to take a seat?" "Can I get you something to drink or nosh on?"
I thought I ordered one or several of everything they offered, yet they still managed to toss into my bag a few "extra," complementary and complimentary items! They even thought to give me a small container of chopped parsley so that I could accent the hummus.
Hummus Bar and Grill continues to impress me! I look forward to our next meal there.
re: Kitchen Queen
Kitchen Queen, I am so sorry to hear about your less-than-remarkable experience at Hummus Bar...but, it was Christmas Day. I know, that is not a good excuse, but I have never found restaurants to be their best on holidays. It just seems that their rhythm is off...perhaps due to an employee change.
If you like that kind of food, I do encourage you to try it again...for dinner. I can not speak for table service, however. We always sit at the bar and the service there is stellar; not only do you have the staff behind you in attendance, but the guys behind the bar who are cooking are also watching and anticipating your "needs."
So glad to read this...I'm heading up to Tarzana for a meeting this weekend from South OC and have been wracking my brain trying to think of where I should eat beforehand, Looks like this is the winner!
PS. I also read about "Sasoon" in the area....have you been there to compare for me? It has rave reviews on other areas of the internet. :)