Grill House Mediterranean (San Francisco)
When I posted about getting take-out at Chef Vahit's new place,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/799512 , I forgot to mention the menu of day of the week specials posted on the wall.
I haven't had a chance to return yet. Really want to try the stuffed eggplant (karni yarik). Please report in if you try 'em.
Grill House Mediterranean
533 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Please keep an eye on it for us. I'd love to find chicken charga, a Pakistani take on fried chicken with many variations. Maybe with all the interest in Korean fried chicken, some enterprising South Asian will ride the wave to the next new thing. Chicken charga was one of my favorite dishes at the dear departed Sultan.
No stuffed eggplant. I asked the staff for "karni yarik", and they had no clue what I was talking about. They told me the lamb shank special always comes with eggplant. But that's not the stuffed one. The weekly specials change often.
I saw several items that weren't listed on the regular menu or the specials board, like a pair of fried whole bream fish (unless they're staff meals). So I have no idea how customers would know to order that.
I had a roasted chicken special for $6.99. The meat was very moist and crispy skin, don't know if it was brined. Generous portions, enough for 2 people. The menu said just leg and thigh. But my container had half a chicken. Plus a container with rice, bulgur wheat, salads, bread, yogurt and garlic dipping sauces. Seems like they were trying too hard to get more business.
The kunafe/kunafa dessert on the menu says $7, but that's for a mini tray. They make smaller ones for $3.50 - about medium size, in my opinion. Good baklava too. 3 types: pistachio, walnuts, ($1.75 each) and rolled fingers filled with ground cashews ($1.25 each). I bought a ton of food that day.
re: L C
At least one of the guys behind the counter is Pakistani, not Turkish, which probably explains the language confusion.
Thanks for the tip on the chicken special. $7 would be fair enough for a quarter chicken, so worth rolling the dice to see if they go all out. I thought it was a little weird that my adana came with only rice and no bread (until I asked for some)...didn't everything used to come with bread too at Eden's?