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Sahara - New Turkish on Larkin in SF

Melanie Wong Oct 12, 2006 05:19 AM

Last week I stopped at Turtle Tower for a delicious bowl of pho bo dac biet...as good as ever. Afterwards, I poked my head into the kebab stand on the same block of Polk Street. Despite the name Sahara, it specializes in Turkish style cooking. Opened the week before, one brother does the cooking and the other handles the business end and the register. The brother clad in chef whites used to work at A La Turca, previously owned Cafe Pera on Clement, and was a partner in Ararat. I asked him if he'd make manti for me, and after he explained that it's a complicated process, he said he'd consider it in a few weeks when he has more confidence and time to add more dishes to the menu. Worth noting is the beyti kebab, which I haven't seen except at New Kapadokia in Redwood City. I watched a couple orders of these go by and I know what I'm going to try here. I bought an order of pistachio baklava to take home and they were good enough. Sahara has a beer and wine license, and I noticed a wine rack in the back. It also delivers in the City.

Website won't be up until next month.
http://www.saharasf.com/

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  1. adampaul RE: Melanie Wong Oct 12, 2006 03:12 PM

    Troya (www.troyasf.com) on Clement St. has Beyti as well, although I haven't tried theirs. I'm glad to see more Turkish places popping up; it's a fun cuisine. If only some would start serving Raki - I'd love to have a proper meyhane in the city!

    Rgds,
    _Adam

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      mspea RE: adampaul Oct 12, 2006 04:26 PM

      The beyti at Troya is decent enough, but I far prefer New Kapadokia's version.

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        Sebby RE: adampaul Oct 12, 2006 05:59 PM

        Troya had Manti. I haven't ordered it yet...I always get sidetracked by something else. I like New Kapadokia's version too.

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          Melanie Wong RE: Sebby Oct 12, 2006 07:32 PM

          I like the tiny sized manti made at New Kapadokia. Let us know if you try the version at Troya.

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          Melanie Wong RE: adampaul Oct 12, 2006 07:31 PM

          Thanks, Adam. Haven't been to Troya yet, used to be Cafe Pera. At one time I made the rounds of every Turkish place in the City, but I've fallen behind. Will have to return to that beat.

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          Mick Ruthven RE: Melanie Wong Oct 12, 2006 03:27 PM

          >on the same block of Polk Street<

          I believe you meant Larkin...

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            Melanie Wong RE: Mick Ruthven Oct 12, 2006 07:29 PM

            Thank you, yes, on Larkin. I asked the mods to change the title.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Oct 27, 2006 08:51 AM

            Just checked the website,
            http://www.saharasf.com/
            and the place has rebranded itself more solidly Turkish as

            Adana Kebab Restaurant
            637 Larkin St.
            San Francisco
            415.931.8444
            free delivery

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              Anya L RE: Melanie Wong Oct 28, 2006 05:41 PM

              Love their website ;-) When I "klick here" to open the menu, it brings up a lunch and take-out menu. Are they open for dinner? I am also excited to see that they deliver and hope that's citywide, not just in their neighborhood.

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                Melanie Wong RE: Anya L Oct 29, 2006 09:29 AM

                The night I stopped there was after having an early dinner at Turtle Tower, so maybe 7/7:30pm or so.

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