Hash O Nash is a middle eastern restaurant located in the heart of Mamaroneck, NY. Their menu is as long as a book. I was a little concerned when I saw the menu because a long menu indicates only one thing to me: the restaurant is trying to do too much and to satisfy too many. Really? How many outstanding generalists are there? It’s an oxymoron.
This is a plate of extremely sour pickled vegetables. So sour that as soon as you put a piece in your mouth you start to salivate. The pickle was the least sour; the green tomato was the most sour. I ate the whole tomato and had to wipe off my drool with a napkin! I just kept on going back for more… Very unique.
VEGETARIAN TRIO PLATTER: Falafel hummus, baba ghanoug and grape leaves. This was the first time I had the baba ghanoug. Very smooth and has a slightly watery consistency when compared to the hummus. Delicious and healthy. I can eat this all day with pita bread.
SHRIMP HAR’RAK: Cooked in olive oil with hot pepper, cilantro, garlic, parsley and lemon juice and pita. Meh – the shrimps were fresh but the preparation seems very common. Acceptable but not special.
MIXED GRILL: A real fiesta combination of shish kabobs and shawarma (lamb shish, chicken shish, lamb kafta, lamb chops and shawarma). They use oak, hickory and mesquite wood, served with tahini sauce, salad and rice or bulgur pilaf and vegetable of the day. I so wish this were better. It had all the promises of being good- I checked out their grill before ordering; this is what they specialized in. Alas, the meat (lamb and shawarma) was dry and rubbery which depleted all flavors from the spices. The chicken was the best because it was moist.
BAKLAVA: Baked phyllo dough, stuffed with chopped pistachio and drizzled with rose water flavored homemade syrup. I am usually not a baklava fan but the flaky dough with the pistachio that night really hit the spot. I used my finger to pick up the last bits of pistachio. I also had the Arabian mint tea with the Baklava – transported me to a cool ryad with green trees and serenity during a hot July summer day in Marrakech, Morocco. Arabian mint tea with honey is one of my favorite teas. Mmm. Mmm. Good.
To be fair now, the food was good, even above average. After all, I did choose only four dishes from a list of “hundred.” When I return, I will stick to the most popular items and avoid the grilled meat.
Oh – the waitress was very attentive and patient with us. She told us that they have belly dancing on Friday nights. Hmm. Who should I invite for this festivity of ogling women?
This experience took place at
Hash o Nash
441 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, NY 10543