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Oasis Mediterranean Café (Albany)

fisher | May 6, 201509:48 AM

A friend has been suggesting I try Oasis for some time now so I stopped in yesterday afternoon for a quite bite. I had intended to get a shawarma wrap, but after looking at the extensive menu I was intrigued by an item called Koozi Sham. It’s described as a Mediterranean “pot pie” and you can choose chicken or beef/lamb filling. The owner was extremely welcoming and was happy to answer all my questions about the different items on the menu. The Koozi Sham is made fresh to order and takes about 15 minutes. While I waited, the owner brought me a free bowl of lentil soup to try. It was a thick, creamy soup of, I think, red lentils. It had a very mild flavor and was so filling that I had little room left for my Koozi. The Koozi Sham turned out to be a huge ball stuffed with filling and served with a huge bowl of delicious red sauce (see pictures). The dough was thin and crispy. The filling was mostly rice with some beef/lamb shawarma meat and onions, very mildly spiced with a slight sour flavor that the owner said came from pomegranate syrup. The red sauce (the owner called it “stew”) was delicious drizzled on the Koozi filling. Having filled up on soup, I was only able to enjoy a few bites of the Koozi. The leftovers became dinner for both my husband and son, who enjoyed it immensely.

I thought the Koozi and soup were both nice, but also both very mildly spiced. I generally prefer my food more prominently spiced. I do intend to return with the family and try some of the other dishes.

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