What You'll Get
Take your taste buds on a surprise date—they'll think you're going to grab a smoothie at the mall when you're actually taking them on a whirlwind tour of the flavors of Lebanon and Armenia, courtesy of Basha Café. With this deal, $20 gets you $50 worth of Middle Eastern food, drinks, hookah service, and entertainment ranging from belly dancing to belly singing (also known as karaoke).
Located in Cambridge near Fresh Pond, Basha offers a plethora of savory experiences for you and your Schwalbe corpuscles. If you've never smoked flavored tobacco from a hookah, your karate sensei and I agree that it's time. The water cools the hot smoke, just like in college, allowing you to enjoy the flavor and the buzz without the burn ($25 for hookah, $15 for refills). Ride that buzz right on through the live belly dancing. Newcomers to belly dance will be impressed with the skill of Basha’s experts, who can slink and wiggle in seductive combinations to the beat of the traditional music. Heighten the experience with a drink from the great drink selection, such as the Basha signature martini (with Blueberry Stoli, pomegranate juice, and blackberries, $11) or the Cambridge Meets Manhattan (Maker's Mark, Grand Marnier, Butterscotch Schnapps, and bitters, $12).
You'll be in awe of the dancer's bellies, and of your own, as your expansive ability to consume exceeds your wildest fantasies. Boston.com praised Basha's "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" (if you're on a date, make sure to cleanse the palate with a cocktail before any potential making of outs). Take a look at Basha's extensive menu of Mediterranean delights. For dinner, try the lamb chops for $18; the chicken shawarma for $15; or the vegetarian plate, loaded with falafel, grape leaves, and tabouli, for $19. For lunch, grab a kebab or shawarma roll-up with a side of fries or rice.
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 its "hella traditional fare" (falafel and shawarma rollups with hummus, 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. You may have never heard hella used in conversation. An ancient word, its etymological origins are Arabic. 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.
- We loved the fried kibbeh we had for an appetizer. I got the vegetarian platter for a meal and thought the stuffed grape leaves were marvelous!! – Susie A., Yelp
- I've reached an age-old dilemma with this place: on the one hand I want more people to flock here because of all they have to offer, but on the other hand I really would prefer that Basha and I keep our little affair under wraps... – nick h., Yelp
- i hade [sic] the combo kebab plate was so much food for just for one pearson [sic] but it was so good i finished all of it... – alsahan, Citysearch
Once you’ve had enough practice with the smooth, flavorful tobacco available for your Basha Cafe hookah, try making your own using Groupon’s patent-pending Sniffsythizer™ Flavor-Capturing Device. Unfortunately, our prototype gained self-awareness and created the following flavors to use against us:
- Strawberry & Wet Dog
- Mango Cheddar
- Microwave Interior: Soup and Popcorn Edition
- Gymnasium Fire
- Both Kinds of Subway
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 21, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.