Last night, our family of 4 had a great meal at the new Turkish restaurant on York Road. We ordered three appetizers—the falafel, baba ganoush, and Turkish “cigars” filled with cheese. We loved them all as well as the fresh pita that accompanied the baba ganoush (and our one complaint—they didn’t give us nearly enough—but they were quick to bring more when we asked). The texture of the baba ganoush was chunkier than I’ve had before, which I loved, but my oldest son didn’t love it as much as a smoother dip. The falafels were much smaller than I’ve ever seen, but they too were delicious—soft, tender, and perfectly flavored. They were served with hummus that was also thicker than the hummus I usually eat, but good and flavorful. My youngest son thought the “cigars” were especially divine. It’s hard to go wrong with buttery phyllo dough around a creamy cheese filling!
For entrees, we had one chicken kabob, two mixed platters (with chicken, beef, lamb, and meatballs), and one adana shish kebab, ground veal and lamb on skewers. The boys (my 2 sons and husband) all agreed the adana shish kebab was the absolute best. They described it as well-spiced, but not too spicy, and tender. I enjoyed the chicken—it was seasoned and cooked perfectly. I just wish that there was more of it (and the pieces themselves were on the small side)! Most of our plates were dominated by rice and vegetables—which were great too.
At the end of the meal, the owner came over to introduce himself, ask about our experience, and offer our boys chocolate wafer bars. He seemed genuinely interested in ensuring customers are happy and was passionate about his restaurant. We certainly hope he succeeds. Although the dishes we had were the same in name to those we get at other places, they were distinctly Turkish style (and so delicious!). There is definitely a need in our City’s restaurant scene for a place like this, and hopefully other Baltimoreans will agree!