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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!
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Hummus Bar and Grill
18743 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana
#818.344-6606

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...

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  1. We have to get out to Tarzana (or I'll go ape! ;-D>) and eat here. Thanks for the update, liu.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Hi, Servorg!
      For a good time (!!!!) AND lots of action - and if you are only one, two or three - sit at the bar!

    2. Hi Liu, great report! We love this place, but we haven't been in about 8 months. We will definitely stop by the next chance we have when we're in the valley. Are they serving any alcohol yet?

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        Hi, bulavinaka!

        They are not serving alcohol yet, but they are eager to do so.
        They indicated that it might be another 2-3 months.

        1. re: liu

          Thanks, good to know. With an expanded menu and (I'm assuming) beer and wine license pending, this is a don't-miss in the Valley. Call me strange, but I kinda liked the slightly brash service that the local yentas threw at me. :)

          1. re: bulavinaka

            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!

            1. re: liu

              We always get the opposite response from the waitress when it comes to ordering enough food: "Do you think we ordered enough food?" "I think you ordered more than enough food - how can anyone finish all of that food?!?!" :)

                1. re: liu

                  I love this place. I eat in there all the time and always am impressed.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: liu

          Glad to hear of this 'cuz I went on Xmas day and it wasn't worth **&&%%$! Service was really bad, tables were dirty, no water brought us, etc... 45$ isn't much if all ducks are in a row, but all ducks were dead that day and I walked away vowing not ever to return.

          1. 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."

          2. re: liu

            I wish to correct some misinformation on my original post here.

            Today I was told that what I assumed to be their lamb shawarma is actually turkey. That's a surprise! It is so well seasoned that it tastes like lamb to me. However, it is not greasy like lamb sometimes can be.

          3. 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. :)

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            1. re: junglekitte

              I have never heard anything about Sasoon, so I will be watching for someone to post on this place.

            2. I was disappointed to find that they had Coke and Sprite, but no Fizzy Bubblech.

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              1. re: creamfinger

                I wonder if they might be receptive to such a reasonable request to carry it for your future visits?