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...