Ephesus (Mediterranean cuisine), Mtn View
Anyone try Ephesus (mediterranean cuisine) in Mtn View. It's on Castro St, where the closed Thaiphoon used to be.
I grabbed a take-out menu:
white bean $6
Turkish Coban salad $5.95
Ephe Ceaser (sic) Salad $5.95
Cold Appetizers (mezes)
Tzatsiki, hummus, baba-ghanoush $4.95 ea
more I'm not typing..
Lamb & beef gyro plate (doner) $9.95
Falafel plate $8.95, etc
Mousakka $10.95, etc.
Ephe baked pies (pide)
spinach & cheese $7.95-sucuk & cheese $9.95
Vegetable kebab $7.95
Imam Bayildi $8.95, etc.
Firin Sutlac $3.95
185 Castro St (at Villa)
Takeout & catering available
Monday for lunch I had the lentil soup and Adana kebab plate. At first I found the lentil soup watery and bland, but after adding salt and noticing it went well with the excellent complimentary bread I warmed up to it a little, but would have preferred a heartier version.
The Adana keba (koobideh) was very nicely seasoned and I was happy with it. The salad was plain lettuce.
I added a places entry but it isn't linkable yet.
I came here for lunch yesterday; I had a lamb shish plate -- the lamb was perfectly seasoned and grilled, and the sides (rice, vegetables) were pretty fresh. I found the tahini sauce a little garlicky, but the baklava is fantastic -- moist and chewy.
They kept most of the Thaiphoon interior intact; they changed out the pictures for things a little more Turkish and Mediterranean.
543 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
The white bean soup, only available on weekends, is worth a visit all on its own. White beans, a bit of chile and some stewed, melt in your mouth lamb. Just delicious. Get an order, than get another.
The Imam Bayildi, a baked eggplant with bell peppers, onions and a bit more is nice. The gyro meat is pretty good.
I'll go here again.