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Posted by annabellac on 08/21/2010
Went here the other night with a pal I hadn't seen in a while. I had read the reviews here and everyone was right. The food was delicious but the portions were miniscule. Dave's Pizza was tasty but literally it was a round pizza the size of a Thomas' English Muffin and $17 to boot! Same thing with the eggplant bruschetta-one piece of toast about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. We shared 6 mini-starters. I had a good time talking to my friend. And luckily, he had 3 glasses of wine so he was not cranky about the size of the portions But when I came home I was hungry and had to eat a real meal. I would have been even more dismayed if I had paid the bill-it was definitely up around $130! I think the owner/chef is trying to go for an upscale cuisine with the tiny portions. But that is not the way to go. One other complaint:the specials board listed interesting options but no prices. When I asked the waiter what things cost, he didn't know. had to go ask, and implied I was a cheapskate for asking! Then it turned out that every item on the unpriced chalkboard was more costly than other items on the starters menu. Good food but not good value for the money.
Posted by Robin M on 07/13/2010
We were looking forward to trying this Israeli inspired menu. However, although the food was very tasty the portions were outrageously small! Also they served our food out of order. We asked for the "small plates first" as they are listed on the menu and they brought them second, after the "appetizers". We were shocked! They should have known better. The place is hip and new and they are trying BUT for the prices.... they should be doing better!
Posted by anonymous on 06/14/2010
Food was really delicious and unique but portions very small. I was dissapointed that the staff was not more warm and friendly..they were polite enough but I did not feel incredibly welcome...can't really describe it - that was just my sense.
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!