Brookline Turkish Family Restaurant, Brookline Village, Brookline
Some standouts from a feast:
Oleanna could learn a thing or two from their icli kofte (and some of their other dishes too!)- meatballs with aromatic pinenuts and bulgur wheat with a complex clovey spicing.
A remarkable zing of currant or something like it in the savoury grape leaves, stuffed with soft rice and draped with yogurt,
Salty and clean tasting crumbled cheese top a flatbread, glowing new from the oven.
A perfect foil of smokiness in the bubbly eggplant puree.
The thinnest shade of delicious charred flavour on the Iman bayildi, eggplant stuffed with herbs, pinenuts and ground lamb, touches of sweet and tart in an encompassing savoury dish.
A light bean dish, cool and slick from olive oil and lemon juice,gently piquant from a mellow dose of black pepper.
Baby okra simmered softly in tomato sauce.
Astounding stuffed cabbage, delicious beyond its simple appearance.
I was there for the first time last week and was really blown away by the flavors. We ordered the Mixed Grill/Karisek Izgara (since we wanted to try a few of the meats). The lamb and the adana were the best on the plate. We also had the Sultan's Delight which had the delicious eggpant puree that limster mentions above with lamb.
I should be posting about it in a week or two on eatanddestroy.
If you ever see the Karniyarik on the menu there, definitely consider getting it. It is a delicious meal consisting of eggplant stuffed with ground beef, onions, peppers, and a variety of spices.
There is an appetizer there that I dream about. It is an eggplant puree bathed in a tangy yogurt sauce. If you can, get it!
I had a similarly transporting couple of experiences here. The place doesn't look like much, but they set the tone immediately with that big free plate of fasooleeye piaz (cannellini bean salad). Superb, oversized, thick lahmacun; very light and ungreasy mucver (zuchhini/feta fritters with yogurt sauce); the best döner kebap (the gyro-like vertically-grilled lamb dish) I've ever had, crusty and moist at once; a dreamy Sultan’s Delight, lamb cubes in a cumin- and paprika-scented tomato gravy, served atop intensely smoky eggplant puree. Kunefe (honey-soaked shredded wheat with custardy cheese filling) for dessert, good Turkish coffee and salty ayran (a lassi-like yogurt drink), and a hot tea I think was apple-based. Ridiculously large portions, very hard not to over-order here, and a great value.