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Posted by Hodgemeyer on 05/13/2010
good location. nice atmosphere. food is very good. would recommend making your meal up on smaller plates and splitting one entree size (scallops are especially good).
Posted by Bambina13 on 05/04/2010
What a great place! I went here the other night with a friend and from beginning to end, it was a great dinner. The host was very personable and friendly even though my friend was a little late for our reservation. We shared an appetizer, which was Dave's pizza and it was really delicious. Light and flavorful. Then we both ordered the entree of Sea Bass, which was cooked perfectly and delicious. The accompanying vegetables were crisp and so good! The food preperation was simple yet interesting and very fresh. I have to say that our waiter was also very sweet and friendly and all the food came out in a timely manner. I can't wait until they open for brunch!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2010
I heard about balaboosta through some friends that have been there and loved it, so I decided to give it a try myself. myself and another 8 friends :-) we all absolutly loved it! I love sharing, and trying many different dishes in one meal, and this is the perfect place for that! Even the menu suggests it with the first section of the smaller appetizers being called "shared plates". So we all decided to share a "few" (ended up ordering almost every starter on the menu) starters, and we devoured them!! My favourites we're the cauliflower, eggplant bruschetta, chicken liver mousse- which I'm normally not a big fan of, but here it's amazing!! It needs to come with more toast though, especially when it's a group of 9 sharing it... The pickles are homemade and delishes, and the soup is unbelivable! The falafel meat balls are also great though they need to come with more green sauce (tahini?) another thing I really loved that everything just felt so light and healthy- and for, a health lover, it was fun going out for dinner and not feeling like I have to punish myself with 5 hours of sweating at the gym the next day.. The waitress also mentioned that most of the ingredients they use are organic- so even better!! As for the mains, I shared a whole fish with a friend that was perfect. Fresh, juicy, simple, and again yum!! Unfortunatly I was too stuffed by that point to try anyone else's main, but it seemed like everyone was loving it! As for drinks, we started with some white sangeria which was really good, and then we moved on to a nice bottle- actually a nice few bottles of white wine. The atmosphere was great, we ate slowly, drank, enjoyed, and after espressos and desserts, everyone was happy, full, typsy, and happy to go home and come back to balaboosta as soon as possible :-)
Posted by ef on 03/31/2010
My fiancé and I were so excited to try balaboosta. We though the space looked great, very cozy and we love the open kitchen. We decided to order a many appetizers instead of entrees. However once the food began to come, we were definitely disappointed. For the most part, everything was tasty—however for the price they charge the portions are INCREIDBLY small. For example, the Falafel Wrapped Albondigas for $9 features three very small meatballs. That is #$ a meatball…so not worth it. I would expect about 5 or 6 bite sized meatballs for that price. And $11 for the merguez?? it again was 3 small pieces. And the eggplant brushcetta was $9---for one small piece of bruschetta. The prices and portions just don’t fit the ambiance. It has a homey comfortable feel—and homey food with a gourmet twist—but seriously, she needs to double her portions if she wants repeat customers. We were there on opening night—I would like to go back in a month or so, to see how she adjust the portions/menu!