Based upon the favorable reviews from Chowhounds, 5 of us went to A La Turca last night. We had a few appetizers, a few pides and several meat dishes. It was good food for a reasonable price - this restaurant will become one of my regulars.
A few comments about the breads, which is something that some Chowhounds rave about. I dont know if there are regional differences in breads in Turkey, but I am accustomed to the Turkish breads similar to those served at A La Turca having a more nutty flavor and being brown and shiny, as if they had an egg wash or some water treatment before/while being baked. This goes for the bread that is served with the meal and also the pides. I have had these types of breads in Turkey and also occasionally at home - one of my grandparents was born in Turkey - and they did not have the 'anemic' apperance like those of A La Turca. Not that the bread in A La Turca tasted bad. It just tasted different and looked odd to me.
The only other complaint is that the chunks of beef from the kebabs had a bitter aftertaste, as if the grill needed to be cleaned. But the other meats tasted great, including those from the grill, so I cant figure it out.
Oops, one more complaint: They dont serve my favorite Turkish dish taze fasulya, which is slowly cooked green beans with tomato and onion.
Again, I will be going back. Thanks to Chowhounds for leading me to this restaurant. Since Gyros in North Beach closed, I have not had this type of food in SF.
One more point: Due to schedules, we had to dine early - at 6:30pm. There was plenty of parking. Everywhere. Lots of yellow zones with cryptic signage, where you can park after 6. If you are not going to double park, just ignore the stupid 'double parking' signs, which require a PhD to figure out.
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