So I visited recently and walked in without a reservation to sit at the bar. No issues. Bar staff were all great and helpful throughout and service couldn’t have been better.
I ordered just 2 small plates, as I was dining solo: Hummus with Duck Nduja and the Cucumber and Artichoke salad.
Having lived in the Middle East and searched for hummus equivalence here in the States, I must say the hummus at Bavel is still not up to par with my favorite joints on the other side of the world. But it is certainly one of the best efforts I have ever eaten here in the States. And the Duck Nduja is something completely unexpected and pleasantly surprising. The Duck addition to the Hummus makes it so much more than the classic Levantine dish I eat overseas. The spices have an almost Indian taste at first but they’re probably of North African influence now that I think about it. All that said, this is a must order and a great dish.
The pita bread is nothing like fresh baked pita I have ever had but that is not to say it isn’t ‘authentic.’ I simply haven’t had this super fluffy, thick, and luscious pita before. Great accompaniment to the hummus.
The salad was great and refreshing. It had a wonderful pistachio dukkah on top too and the perfect amount of dressing. I sopped up the bit of leftover dressing with some pita.
Needless to say, I must return with others to try some other small plates and a main or two!