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Oakland (Montclair): Amba Kosher organic vegetarian restaurant - Babka, warm hummus with mushrooms, Lebanese pitza, shuee't, masbacha, ful, schug and more

rworange | Jan 5, 201007:13 PM

Amba is not totally organic yet but the menu says "organic and local is our goal"

I'm not a fan of hummus ... but I never had it warm before ... and topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions. It was finished with a sprinkle of paprika, fresh parsley and a drizzle of golden olive oil ... humma, humma, humma ... now you've got something.

It comes with two large, fluffy, bready pitas, a bowl of Israli pickles and Mid East olives.

If you ask, they will give you amba, a condiment of mangoes, fenugreek, vinegar, salt, mustard, turmeric, and chili. I've never had this before that I remember. The mustard and tumeric flavors stood out and I never would have guessed mango .

There were also jars of fresh green schug, a Yemenite hot sauce, on the table. It looked like it was house-made. They said they also had red schug, but I didn't see it.

For an extra dollar, I ordered two falafel. These were crusty falafel. I'm no expert in this area, so I'll leave others to comment on the falafel.

The mint lemonade was on the weak side. I wouldn't order this again.

This was a really filling and satisfying meal.

There are a few daily specials on the board. Today in addition to the Morrocan lentil soup there was spicy cauliflower.

The Lebananese flatbread looked like big trays of Sicilian pizza. Today there was cheese and veggie.

They have spicy and sweet pita chips. The sweet are cinnamon and sugar.

The chocolate babka and other baked goods are not made in-house yet. They looked good and the ruguleh had a sign 'cholov stam". They also had chocolate mousse and baklava.

The online menu doesn't mention some of their seasonal offerings that are rotated daily or offered on weekends. They include stuffed falafel, shakshuka, malabai, sachlav, bamia, bourekas, stuffed veggies, malawach ... I never heard of malawach until yesterday at Oakland Kosher Market and now it seems everywhere I look, there it is

It is a bright, sunny, modern room with blond tables and orange walls. There's a large communal table in the center of the room. The front counter has stainless steel bowls of ingredients that go into the dishes ... mounds of red cabbage, chopped cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, olives, etc. There are some good photos on yelp.

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6464 Moraga Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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