Good news for fans of Palo Alto restaurant Oren’s Hummus who live or work in Francisco (a category likely to include recent Stanford grads): The Israeli eatery opens in SoMa tomorrow, July 10, at 71 Third Street for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with beer and wine).
Tel Aviv native Oren Dobronsky and his wife Nancy Dobronsky opened their first Oren’s restaurant in 2011 on University Avenue. Since then, David Cohen and Mistie Cohen of food consultancy EyeSpy signed on as co-owners (David is now executive chef at Oren’s) and the growing chain has expanded to Mountain View and Cupertino.
Oren’s is named and known for its hummus, which comes in “classic” and “jaffa style” (advertised as “thicker with more garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and parsley”). Bowls of the stuff are served with toppings like eggplant, cauliflower, and braised lamb. But the restaurant’s fairly extensive menu goes well beyond chickpeas to include salads, pita sandwiches (falafel, chicken schnitzel, ground beef kebab), and grilled skewers. The whole slew of lunch and dinner options is below.
Customers at Oren’s can either order at tables or get packaged items to-go (hummus, sides, and bourekas stuffed with cheese or mushrooms, and more). For breakfast, there’s challah french toast, smoked salmon, and shakshuka (in both traditional tomato and “green” with spinach and kale).
The new Oren’s location, the group’s fourth, has room for 100 people in the dining room and 28 on an outdoor patio. Tecta Associates designed the space with its big, opulent chandelier and large, perhaps unnecessary guide to the the art of eating hummus. It’s pretty self-explanatory, really: Step one, rip into some pita; step two, dip into some hummus; and step three, repeat steps one and two.
Oren’s SF hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with the breakfast menu from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (until 2 p.m. on weekends), lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.