Recently we had dinner at Ba-Bite , a restaurant offering Israeli-Middle Eastern-North African fare at a casual counter-order space on Piedmont Ave in Oakland. I thought there must be a discussion of this restaurant somewhere but couldn’t find any here or on the old playground. So here’s my report:
Chicken tagine: The owner is Israeli, so its interesting to see tagine makes an appearance at Ba-Bite. Came with couscous, chicken thigh and chermoulla sauce. The dish arrived with quite a bit of liquid at the beginning, but practically all of it was absorbed by the cous cous when we finished up the dish. The chermoulla sauce added a bit of garlicky cumin-y touch to the dish. Flavorful.
Fesenjen came with chicken thigh stewed in a slightly sweet, nutty and aromatic pomegranate molasses and ground walnut sauce along with rice. Delicious.
Falafels: Fried garbanzo/ fava balls coated with tahini. Ba-Bite’s version tasted made from scratch with ground fava/ garbanzo and the taste was rich and stood out. The falafels were on the small side.
Blood orange kombucha:
Overall, a very good meal. Care was used to prepare the dishes and it showed in the result. Dishes were priced very competitively as well, especially for Piedmont. $13 for the tajine and $15 for the fesenjan. Would love to hear more about their food. We’ll be back for sure.