Looking for "an upscale alternative to the hordes of cheap Middle Eastern restaurants scattered around Boston"? That's how Boston.com described Basha Cafe, where with today's Groupon $20 gets you $50 worth of Middle Eastern food, drinks, hookah service and entertainment ranging from belly dancing to karaoke.
You heard right. $20 for $50. And in case your Texas Instrument can't handle that calculation, it's a whopping 60% off your dinner. Located at 26 New St. in Cambridge (near Fresh Pond), Basha offers a variety of new experiences. If you've never smoked flavored tobacco from a hookah, it's time. The water cools the hot smoke, allowing you to enjoy the flavor without the burn. Ride that buzz right on through the live belly dancing. Newcomers to belly dancing will be impressed with the skill of Basha professionals, who can even tap dance with special tap cummerbunds fastened to their abs. Hang out in the outdoor patio while enjoying the great drink selection, especially the Basha Signature Martini with Blueberry Stoli, pomegranate juice and blackberries.
Basha serves up huge portions and has an incredible menu that creatively draws from Lebanese and Armenian cuisine. Boston.com praised the "fantastic hummus," and the fattoush, which "combines onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and slivers of red cabbage with crunchy rectangles of toasted pita in a vinaigrette. It's delicious and tangy, heavy on onions."
Thrillist praised Basha's "meaty deliciousness," as exhibited in the "kibbee nayeh (finely ground leg o' lamb mixed w/ cracked wheat, onions, and Lebanese spices)" and their "hella traditional fare" (falafel and shawarma rollups with hummous, tzatziki salads, etc.). That's right, Thrillist has honored Basha's traditional Middle Eastern dishes with the descriptive adjective they reserve for the most distinguished culinary accomplishments: "hella." For those of you who've never heard "hella" used in conversation, it is an ancient word of Arabic etymological origins. Linguists debate between two original meanings: either "a substantial amount" or "that which tickles my fancy." We believe that Thrillist is using "hella" in this instance as a double meaning. Very clever, and very accurate.
It's not just the mainstream media who are satisfied with Basha. Check out these quotes from Yelp:
- "...awesome new addition to the Boston/Cambridge-area...The decorations are simple and beautiful, the curtains are gorgeous...THEIR HUMMUS IS PERFECTION...We had an order of the soujouk, which was juicy and had the right amount of spice." - Danelle M.
- "We got a delicious meal of succulent meat perfectly cooked authentic middl eastern foods and a full range of wines and beers....this wonderful resterant not only has good food but it alo has great entertainment ranging from middle eastern music to belly dancing." - Eve F.
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