It has been a while since I wrote a review here. In that time, I have been circling the same places I frequent in the neighborhood without much experimentation. Last weekend, we finally got out to Palo Alto to pick up some food at a well-reviewed Israeli place, Oren’s Hummus Shop.
Oren’s Hummus Shop is located on University Avenue and was bursting at its seams on a balmy Saturday evening. The waiting time was over 30 minutes. So it was going to be a grab and go affair. Thankfully, they have food packaged and ready to go for people like me. The options are simple and easy- and for the grab and go folks, simpler still. We picked up a pack of 5 pitas (the whole wheat kind) and 4 sides. For every three sides, the fourth comes free. We selected Hummus (of course), green cabbage, Moroccan carrots and Hot green Harrisa sauce. The bill was $24.
Soon after, we landed home and unpacked the goodies. The pita has cooled down unfortunately but a few minutes in the microwave fixed that. The hummus and green cabbage were excellent as were the carrots. The harrisa is its own thing- spicy would be grossly underplaying it. It light my mouth up on fire unlike any other. I had assumed that it was the western version of spicy- but boy was I wrong. And I had smeared it like a typical chutney. I needed a cup of orange juice and yoghurt and something sweet to bring me back to Earth. But I tell you this. It has been four days since and my wife and I continue to smear it on everything from dosas to chappathi to our sandwiches and even crackers. It has a devilishly addictive taste to it that compels you to give it a spin, even when you know its going to be a helluva ride.
Overall, we love the food and cant wait to dine in next time and give the other items on the menu a shot.
Ambiance: N/A. We didnt dine in but I did get a chance to go in to order. The place is small and cosy. Nothing fancy but still inviting.
Service: N/A. Some of the items to go were being made on a regular basis and packed which made our checkout process very quick.
Food: 9/10. Love it.
Price: 9/10. For $24, three of us were well fed and the hummus and harrisa has lasted us 5 more days and going strong.
Overall: 9/10. Great food. Cant wait to taste the rest of the items on the menu.