“El Basha offers many items similar to those at other local Mediterranean spots — hummus, baba ghanouj, falafel, gyro, chicken and beef shawarma — but if you like those things, you should try them at El Basha. Everything is a bit different from what you might be used to. The dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) are particularly fabulous, served warm and more complex and rich than any I’ve had locally.
El Basha serves 11 dishes. My friend Scott had the vegetarian plate, which allowed us to try hummus, baba ghanouj, falafel and the El Basha salad. The baba particularly impressed me, and the falafel made Scott — a harsh critic of that item — very happy. The presentation was also cool; the plate made a sort of fanciful face when you squinted a bit. You can also get plates built around shawarma, kabab or foule, a mix of fava bean dip and spices I intend to try next time. Which will be soon.
Don’t forget to ask for the roz leban, or Egyptian rice pudding…We ate it all, and fought over the last spoonful.”
- Adam Wilcox, Democrat and Chronicle
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