Sahara

It’s a little hard to figure out the Sahara Cafe and Restaurant in Worcester, but it’s easy to enjoy their food.

Atmosphere(9)

This is an unusual place, but in a good way. High, metallic ceilings, spacious tables, fireplace, and antique chandeliers provide an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere that is half restaurant, half coffee house. Large picture windows look out on to Highland Street.

Menu(9)

They’ve got it all: breakfast, sandwiches, entrees, grill specialties, and international fare. There’s even a kid’s menu. Phantom appreciates it when an ethnic menu goes out of its way to explain every dish in great detail.

Portions(8)

Sufficiently satisfying.

Appetizers(8)

A huge selection of hot and cold appetizers, soups, and salads. Hummus was not quite as thick as the Phantom likes it and the pita bread was nothing special. But the Baba Ghannouj was so good, Phantom’s camel grew another hump.

Food and Drink(8)

Above average Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Remarkable stuffed cabbage leaves platter. Mughrebeeye with pasta “pearls” and chicken was a bit too heavy on the nutmeg. High quality chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs.

Desserts(8)

Phantom loved the Sour Cream coffee cake. Tiramisu and baklava weren’t bad either.

Service(8)

Phantom’s server seemed a bit indifferent, but the food and check came out in a timely fashion.

Cleanliness(9)

Dining room and bathroom were very neat and organized.

Parking(8)

Right in the middle of Highland Street, Worcester’s funkiest strip of road. Ample parking lot around the back.

Value(8)

Appetizers run between $3 and $6. Entrees average $9. Sandwiches a great deal at around $4. You’ll certainly get your money’s worth.

Total Score: 83

143 Highland St.
Worcester
MA
01609

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