We finally got a chance to try Oren's - I keep thinking the name is Oren's Hummus Hut - Hummus Shop on University in Palo Alto this afternoon. Some things were very good, others not so. Two adults, two children and a baby - we ordered a decent and representative chunk of the menu.
Hummus classic plate - very very good hummus garnished with olive oil, paprika, and a bit of tahini sauce in the middle.
Vegetable kebab - I was dubious about this one, but we ordered it anyway and it was fantastic. The chunks of eggplant were particularly good and they nailed a perfect amount of char on the red pepper.
Israeli chopped salad - little cubes of cucumber and tomato, herbs and a tart dressing. Just delicious (and too labor intensive for me to make at home so I am happy to find it at a restaurant).
Babaganoush and Romanian eggplant - I liked both of these quite a lot, Smooth and savory. The Romanian eggplant dip had fire roasted red pepper in it. V. tasty.
Chicken kebab - this was fine. The chunks were a little tough on the outside but edible.
Tabouli - It looks like it is made with quinoa which I find weird. I only got a bite, it didn't blow me away.
Falafel - Very crunchy, but small, super oily, and pretty tasteless. They should look north a bit and copy Mediterranean Delite in San Carlos. These should be really good and they are not.
Lemonade - home made lemonade with fresh mint. I was envisioning/hoping for something like Holy Land's blended delicious slushie of a drink. Instead, it is an overly tart, very strong lemonade with fresh mint sprigs. My two juice-deprived children each took a sip and then left it alone. It comes out of a big jug on the counter, rather than being made fresh for each customer.
Pita - My husband was delighted that they offer whole wheat pita. This is where your pita preferences come into play - I like thin and chewy pita. This was thick and very very soft; underbaked in my opinion.
Service - Fine. Not mega-personable, but fine. A waiter checked back in with us regularly. Crayons for children were a nice touch.
Venue - cute and stylely. Noisy. The hours are great; it is open until 12 every night.
I think I'd go back and order just the salad, kebab, and hummus. I do like that they have lots of vegetable side dishes. It is a nice way to round out an order.