Best of Boston

2008 BEST Middle Eastern Restaurant

Oleana

As cliche as it is to praise Middle Eastern food for its ‘sensuality’ or ‘exoticism,’ Oleana devotees are hard-pressed to describe the cuisine here without noting both. From the silky, butter-enriched hummus pure wrapped with basturma, an Armenian cured meat, to the melting short ribs glazed with tamarind, chef-owner Ana Sortun takes diners on a journey through the souks and spice markets that inspire her cooking. In a happy daze, they follow.

134 Hampshire St. Cambridge 617-661-0505 oleanarestaurant.com