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Turkish restaurant(s) in Berkeley/East Bay?

unagisuki Sep 3, 2006 09:32 PM

I'm a recent transplant from New Haven, Connecticut, where as an undergraduate I fell madly in love with Istanbul Cafe, a little Turkish restaurant that now ranks in my personal top five. Can anyone recommend a good Turkish place in Berkeley or elsewhere in the East Bay, to ease my separation anxiety?


  1. catwood10 Sep 4, 2006 12:21 AM

    There is a Turkish restaurant on University Ave in Berkeley...going towards the highway but before San Pablo.

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      sensi63 Sep 4, 2006 02:07 AM

      1025 University Ave
      Berkeley, CA 94710

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        RodW Sep 4, 2006 06:31 AM

        I've found the buffet dishes at Bosphorus to be a bit lackluster, but some of the menu items are terrific -- I'm remembering a wonderful smoky pureed eggplant with chunks of grilled lamb.

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        1. re: RodW
          offalgood Sep 4, 2006 03:42 PM

          it is no longer named that. it is something like mediterrean cafe. But you are right. it wasn't very good.

          1. re: offalgood
            Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2006 07:14 PM

            Has the food improved since the name change?

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              Hunicsz Sep 4, 2006 09:36 PM

              When did they change the name? I could have sworn that when I drove by a week or so ago it was still Bosphorous. The food is awful, IMO (or was, anyway).

          2. Melanie Wong Sep 4, 2006 09:49 PM

            With the caveat that I've only had a couple take-out things that appears on a potluck table, I'd have to agree that Bosphorus is about the worst Turkish restaurant in the Bay Area.

            However, Ephesus in Walnut Creek has gotten high marks on the site. Haven't heard much about it lately --- updates?

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