Tonights Chowdown - Andria's Birthday
I just thought that I would give everyone a report on tonights chowdown.
Andria, the birthday woman, her friend Becca, BaoPhac Do and I made it. It was a small, yet congenial group. We order one of each platter, chicken, antep, file mignon and lamb kebabs. We had a fw juices and Turkish pops that were wonderful.
The bread was hot and brilliant. He is still not making prides yet. But he is training a young morrocan cook who did very well. He also promised to make aklava in the near future.
BaoPhac sang the french canadian version of the birthday song for Andria. Andria showed us her pictures of food and regaled us with foodie tales. Beca kept the conversation flowing.
I do beleive that a good time was had by all.
Please watch for a notice from Andria.
Antep is a turkish restaurant, focused on kebabs. They are available in chicken, beef, lamb and ground beef variations.
You can have them in a sandwich (oh that bread!) or on a plate. (with rice, salad, bread and yogurt sauce)
I filled myself up quite nicely in good company.
Happy Birthday Andria!
Antep here is being used as shorthand for Antep kebab (various other spellings exist). Antep is actually another name for Gaziantep, a city in south-central Turkey not far from Aleppo in northern Syria that's known for its cuisine. Oddly, the people who run Antep Kebab aren't from Gaziantep. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaziantep
Will ask Turkish friends for confirmation, but I think the resto's namesake dish is ground meat (probably lamb) mixed with finely chopped onions and garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and chopped parsley. The mixture is moulded onto a flat skewer and grilled. In the sandwich, it's stuffed into a flat bread with mint yogurt, chopped cukes and tomato and sliced onion tossed with sumac.
As the birthday girl, I would like to thank Bigfellow for setting this up, BaoPhac for singing to me, and all those who joined us tonight for the great company.
It was nice to try this place for the first time with a few foodie friends. I loved all the meats - IMO, meat is always best grilled. Even Becca, the least adventurous eater among us enjoyed everything before her.
From my first of many loops around the block looking for parking, the aroma wafting into the street was drawing me in. I noticed pedestrians walking by, noses to the air trying to figure out where that great smell was coming from.
I would like to add to bigfellow's post, that the sour cherry soda is a must-try.