Confused by the title? Blaboosta is a Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife, wonderful mother and cook, and gracious host. Basically, someone who can do it all and who does it well. And Balaboosta, the restaurant in Soho I recently visited, definitely lives up to its Yiddish name. After much menu studying and deliberation, my friend and I decided the small plates and appetizers were the most appealing to us and in an effort to try everything on the menu (because everything sounded so amazing), we shared a bunch of these dishes. Our waiter was very helpful in helping us choose wisely and grouped and timed the dishes for us to create an incredible “tasting” style meal.
These two starters were also the stars of the meal. The table next to us even commented on how much they also loved both of these dishes…I love bonding with complete strangers over a love of food! That cauliflower was far from what we normally think cauliflower tastes like…crispy on the outside, soft on the inside…this is a dish I could eat every day. You all know I love the gourds and this squash was no exception. I mean, just look how beautifully orange it is and wrapped in a blanket of rich tahini sauce…simply scrumptious!
We also ordered an un-pictured pan seared squid dish with fried chickpeas and a yogurt sauce that was probably third place after the cauliflower and squash. The salad was good…nothing spectacular but a fresh and flavorful salad. This pizza was far from your standard pie. A very thin pita topped with a spiced carrot spread and buttery onions and creamy goat cheese…really interesting tasting. Something I would order again…probably not, but I’m very glad I got to taste it! Balaboosta is a fine restaurant for a Shabbos meal, a girls night out, or a hot date. Basically…just go!