by Lauren Diggin.
A Taste of Egypt in Abington
At Yaz’s Table, everything is made from scratch with fresh and often farm-sourced ingredients. Eggs are sourced from Lally Farms in Hanover, dairy from Thatcher Farm in Milton, and meat from several Rhode Island farms. The menu is designed to offer something for everyone, including those with dietary restrictions.
Owner Yasmine Zakhary’s parents came to the area from Egypt. “My mom cooks for an army,” shares Yaz. “When I was young, I’d gather our neighbors and bring them for dinner, and my mom would say our table wasn’t big enough. The name Yaz’s Table came from that and the concept of having food prepared as if your mom made it.”
Mediterranean flavors abound here. The Sultan, a signature dish, features short ribs prepared with Arabic spices and served over golden and sweet potato home fries and smoked bacon. It’s topped with a poached farm egg, hollandaise, and fried leeks. The hollandaise is infused with harissa, a smoky, spicy North African condiment.
Another favorite with patrons is the Super Green Omelet, which is made with egg whites, spinach, arugula, feta, tabbouleh, and roasted tomato, served with a side of chickpea salad.
According to Yaz, everyone loves Nutella in Egypt, and it’s found in two menu items—the Nutella Stuffed Banana Foster French Toast and the Mini Pancake Tacos filled with Nutella, fresh fruit, and house whipped cream.
Three benedicts also are available. One is served with basturma, which Yaz describes as “Egyptian prosciutto, and house pesto.” The others feature short ribs with a goat cheese spread and smoked salmon with dill cream.
The Secret of Egyptian Spices
For something different, Yaz suggests the Kofta Burger. Kofta is a traditional Egyptian marinade made with emulsified onions and Egyptian spices. The burger, made from grass-fed beef, is served with feta and crispy fried leeks. Other lunch-type options include short rib and grilled chicken sandwiches and a variety of salads and sides.
The menu also includes a selection of craft cocktails, which change seasonally. A variety of mimosas and Bloody Marys are always available, such as an Egyptian rose petal mimosa made with pure Egyptian rose petal essence. Bloody Marys are made with house-infused vodka and Egyptian-spiced mix—both secret recipes.
Note: In 2021 we revisited Yaz’s table. Read about it here.
1209 Bedford Street
Abington, MA 02066
Lauren Diggin is a South Shore-based writer and aspiring locavore. She thoroughly enjoys visiting these four Mediterranean restaurants and hopes to visit the actual Mediterranean one day.