Restaurants & Bars 3

a la turca

mcchowhound | Sep 30, 2002 01:01 PM

I had a great lunch at a new (open for one month) Turkish place at 869 Geary (at Larkin.) Although they've tried to decorate it nicely, the room looks a bit fast-foodish, with a large menu posted above two large counters (filled with spectacular desserts.)

For appetizers we had Sigara Borek - cigar shaped filo pastry filled with feta cheese and parsley. At $3.75 for six large pieces it could (and probably should!) have been a meal in itself. We also had a dish of Piyaz - boiled white beans with onions, herbs, and bell peppers for the same price. As good as you'd find in Izmir...

An Adana Kebap at $8.75 (including salad and fries) wasn't much better than the usual kebab, though the fries were several cuts above. The Beyti Kebab (same price) was really terrific, though. Ground beef and lamb in small rolls of lavash with "special sauce" and garlic yogurt. It sounds like the same stuff you see everywhere in shwarama stands, but the taste isn't in the same league.

Amazing pastries for dessert. Many had names I didn't recognize, but you can't point out the ones you want from the case. (There was also a case of exotic looking bowls of a dark brown substance. I asked what it was - chocolate pudding, presumably for those who order the lone hamburger on the menu.)

They don't yet have a beer or wine license but the staff - who were exceptionally helpful and friendly - encourage you to go across the street to a (somewhat seedy-looking) liquor store to get your own.

Everyone we saw there seemed to be speaking Turkish. All in all, a real houndish experience.

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