El Basha Grille
Hummus … perfected. You’ve gotta be kidding me.
I love El Basha because it has a great atmosphere. The food super fresh and delicious.
Fresh pita bread, hummus, grape leaves. This is real, homemade Lebanese cuisine. Chicken kabobs, shish kabobs, steak tips.
To me, Lebanese food … It’s a lot of flavor.
Lamb rack’s great.
And we just like to offer twists.
Tres leches cake.
It’s like, wow. Tres leches at a Lebanese restaurant. Who would have thought that, you know?
Familiar flavors with exotic ingredients.
It’s tasty, and it’s healthy.
This place has everything I like.
The food is fresh. It’s different.
It feels like the right place to go.
If you know anything about Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, then you know the name El Basha. This family has been serving some of the region’s best Middle Eastern cuisine for decades. Why? Because it’s awesome.
Number one way you start every single meal at El Basha is the hummus. Truly world-famous hummus. It is the perfect blend of the garlic and the tahini, a little bit of paprika around the edges, and a beautiful pool of shimmering olive oil on top. You dip some pita bread into this baby, and you are going to feel right at home with the hummus.
It’s unbelievable. I’ll put that against any hummus out there. It’s truly the best.
If you’re a fan of hummus but want to try something that’s a little bit different, go for the baba ghanoush, baby. First of all, it’s just fun to say baba ghanoush, and it’s really fun to eat it too. This is a smoked eggplant dip, so they actually take eggplant. They skin it. They grill it so it gets very smokey with some tahini and their famous olive oil. Baba ghanoush has a lot more texture than the hummus and a very different flavor, but man, is that awesome.
We serve that with our Lebanese pita bread, as well. It’s the perfect appetizer, I would say.
If you’re a first-timer at El Basha, this is the meal you want to get. The Azeeme platter. It basically has an entire family-style Lebanese meal all rolled into one dinner for two. It starts with, of course, the hummus and the baba ghanoush. Next in, you get a mix of the grape leaves and the kibbee. Then you have a nice salad. This is the fatouch salad. Absolutely perfect, light, refreshing, and great before you have a massive platter of kabobs.
This is all three of their most popular kabobs on one platter, which has the shish kabob with some beef. You have the kafta kabob which is a mix of beef and lamb, and of course, their world-famous chicken kabob. Rounding it out, you have your rice pilaf, some grilled veggies, including some peppers, onions, asparagus. This is how you eat Lebanese style.
I’m sure you’ve heard of beef stroganoff, but I guarantee you’ve never seen or tasted beef stroganoff like the one they do here. This is sauteed high-quality sirloin and tons of mushrooms all mixed with a reduced cream and soy sauce, and instead of the typical stroganoff noodles, here they serve it over their famous fluffy rice pilaf.
And just check out the size and weight of this thing. This is like a three pound platter here. This thing is massive. I’m going to go for some stroganoff here. I want to all the way to the bottom to get some rice, get some of that Angus sirloin, little bit of the mushroom all in one bite. It’s super earthy. Lots of umami, as they say. Lots of depth of flavor. You can tell it’s been sort of slow-cooked and simmered for quite a while, because there’s a lot of love in this stroganoff. I don’t always eat beef stroganoff, but when I do, I eat El Basha’s version over rice pilaf. Stay hummus, my friends.
Now this is really interesting. They have tres leches cake on the menu, which is like a Latin dessert at a Middle Eastern restaurant. Not really sure why, and I don’t care, because I’m telling you right now, one of the best desserts you will ever taste. Made with the three milks, this homemade smooth dulce de leche sauce right on the top. This thing is moist, silky-smooth, super sweet, and super satisfying.
It’s my favorite thing on the menu for desserts, I would say. It’s just unbelievable. It’s the best thing to finish your meal off with.
Listen. I love eating hamburgers and pizza as much as the next guy, but sometimes you just crave something deliciously different, and when you do, you’ve got to come to El Basha in Sudbury because these guys do it right.