Tahaza

One Canal Park
Cambridge, MA 02141

 

Over by the Cambridgeside Galleria, Tahaza Hummus Kitchen just opened up this past September as a fast casual Mediterranean eatery — think Chipotle, but with hummus. Before I even ordered, I was thoroughly impressed by the atmosphere of the place with its wooden accents and contemporary interior. It’s exactly what you’d imagine an organic, locally-sourced-everything kitchen to look like.

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On the menu, there are four items to choose from: a hummus bowl, a warm grain bowl, a salad, and a wrap. I went with the hummus bowl and had to choose from three hummus flavors: original, beet, and roasted red pepper. Not deciding to be terribly adventurous, I went with original, and they proceeded to smear the edges of my bowl with a thick layer of hummus. From there, I chose to have lamb as my protein (the other options are chicken, beef, mushrooms, and falafels) and filled my bowl with tons of vegetables. For my dressing, I went with the fresh mint yogurt, and chose to have pita bread as my side.

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A lot of the uber-healthy, organic eateries that I’ve been to tend to be vegetarian, which is fine, but it’s always nice to find one that offers protein options other than tofu or peanut sauce. I was a huge fan of my hummus bowl’s lamb, which had a juicy, savory flavor. The mint yogurt dressing was the perfect complement to the lamb, and the toppings like cucumbers and pickled beets added a fresh bite. The hummus was a pleasant touch to the toppings, but it was thoroughly mixed into the rest of my bowl that I didn’t get to try it by itself.

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My friend, Krystal, came along and tried the warm grain bowl with beet hummus and slow-cooked beef. “The bowl had a creative combination of flavors, but it was just too salty for me to completely enjoy it,” she explained. I took a few bites from her bowl, and I could tell what she meant. Her bowl’s beet hummus was on the salty side, and so along with the slightly salty beef, the entire bowl was overwhelmed by salt.

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We also tried the blackberry verbena and raspberry lime house-made sodas, and those were quite interesting. The blackberry verbena soda was fine, and I tasted more blackberry than verbena. The raspberry lime soda, however, was unsweetened, so it was a bit jarring to go from the sweet blackberry verbena to the raspberry-lime-flavored seltzer water.

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Nevertheless, while it seems like the kitchen is still working out a few kinks, I had an overall positive experience at Tahaza Hummus Kitchen. The food is pricier side, with the hummus bowl starting at $9.25 and toppings like lamb tacking on an additional $2.25, but it’s worth a try the next time you find yourself at the Cambridgeside Galleria. 7/10

A version of this article appeared in The Tech.