Sahara - New Turkish on Larkin in SF
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.