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Sep 24, 2008 05:00 PM

Unexcited by Troya

I finally got to try Troya and it did not meet my high expectations. The limited menu was much less interesting than say New Kapadokia in Redwood City, and the manti I ordered was good but fell short of other manti I have had. The soup of the day was lentil, and it was very good but the flavors were more subtle than I like.

My friend thought her veggie moussaka was just OK, nothing special.

Service was very good.

Was there something else I should have ordered?

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  1. While I've got Anatolian food on the brain, I'm wondering if there are updates on Cafe Troya.

    I loved my one meal there in February 2008. Here are captioned photos of what we ordered.

    Troya slide show -

    349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

    4 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      You didn't miss much.

      I kept on seeing writeups and awards on the door of this neighborhood venue, so I tried it again hoping the new chef would up the cooking. Everything was adequate except the Greek salad which needed acidity and balls from some red wine vinegar.

      Nothing sang. The Greek Salad was better in the past.

      However, the pics make me want to try it again. Thanks

      Wonderful servers though.

      1. re: stanbee

        When were you there last? Again, my visit was a year ago. My strategy in ordering was to try the items on the menu that other Turkish restaurants around here don't serve. I thought the two apps were stellar. My friend who studied in Ankara said they were in the palace style, whereas the beef stew was a caravansary type dish. Those three are more restaurant type food and chef-driven. The bourek is a street type snack. I loved the kunefe, as good to eat as it is beautiful to look at.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        I recently went back to Troya for two different dinners - both were stellar. The outstanding items were the lamb dolmas, the grilled halloumi salad (first time with beets, second with asparagus), and the spreads (especially the yogurt and the bell pepper/walnut). I also enjoyed the moussakka - much richer and smokier than the Greek versions I've tried. On both occasions, my friends raved about the food (including one who has spent time in Turkey and is familiar with the food), and swore to return.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I also loved Troya on my one dinner there in January 2008. I had the Calamari Stuffed with Spinach, Eggplant and Goat Cheese, over a Cannelini Bean Salad , and Braised Lamb with Pine Nuts and Currants in Roasted Celery Root, Pomegranate Sauce I found them both wonderful. I also liked the place and the servers.

        2. I try and get to Troya every few months or so, as it is in my neighborhood. As others have stated, service is great - very friendly and efficient. I tend to stick with the mezes. If we do order an entree, it is usually a kebab of sorts, which are always delicious. Favorite mezes include the stuffed calamari, grilled halloumi (served with something seasonal like persimmons or beets), spinach borek, zucchini cakes and assorted spreads. They had been running a special - before 7pm, buy a glass of wine and all mezes are $5. Not sure if this is still the case - great opportunity to try many items.