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Oct
09

Fantasy Pick Comes True: Hummus

A while ago, we were looking at Montclair Village’s prime storefronts that were “for rent” and made fantasy picks about new food and non-food occupants.  Among the fantasies, we wanted someone to “offer Middle Eastern takeout, including authentic falafel, hummus, tabouli, salads, etc.  Why wait for the falafel stand on Sundays?”

Over on Moraga Avenue, that fantasy pick is coming true.  We took snapshots of Amba, which plans to serve up all the good stuff – namely falafel, hummus, salads and fries. The store posted their “opening soon” sign along with construction permits received last May.

Amba - Soon

We noticed activity near Amba, and peeked inside to see construction underway.  The counter features cool green-aqua-white tiles.  Also the place seems large enough to have tables and chairs inside, which the Village needs.

Amba - Construction

The workers, who were pulling wires today, didn’t know very much about the place.  Based on the building materials scattered around, there should be some walls going up soon.  While it’s hard to read tea-leaves about Amba’s opening day, I’ll guess less than a month or two.

We originally made our fantasy pick to replace the old Jamba Juice location.  However you won’t hear any complaints, at least from this corner, about the proper location for Middle Eastern morsels – it’s terrific to have this fast-food option in the Village.

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3 Responses to “Fantasy Pick Comes True: Hummus”


  1. 1 regina
    December 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I heard from a lot of people the place has two chefs from middle east and food is going to be authentic and best in west coast plus cheap – Heard main owner is doing as thanks to community and to provide jobs in bad times. Amba rocks!!

  2. 3 montclairoak
    December 23, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Just tried Amba today. I ordered the hummus plate, which feeds two easily. It’s the creamy hummus with olive oil. It’s the heated, thin pita. Passes the “like Israel” style test so far, but I must try other menu items.


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