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(not) just meze in mamaroneck

skink | May 13, 2002 12:48 PM

Westchester hounds, you must try this place. My family and I had Mother's day lunch yesterday at this sweet Turkish spot off the main drag in Mamaroneck yesterday. (It's on Mt. Pleasant Ave.) Don't be misled by the name: my mother avoided going there for over a year under the assumption that they only served appetizers, but they have a full menu, traditional turkish with a contemporary bent. All four of us were thrilled with everything we ordered: we started with a mixed appetizer plate - basic mediterranean apps -- grape leaves, humus, babaganoush -- but all with a delicacy unlike my neighborhood falafel shop in Manhattan. My spring lamb shish kabob was beautifully tender and delicately spiced, served with a literal pyramid of perfectly done bulgur wheat and a small red-onion salad (which was the only thing that I didn't really like, but only bec. I'm not a fan of raw onions in salads, much less a salad made of them). The garnishes were unusual as well: polka dots of alternating red and yellow pepper coulis, pomegranate syrup and balsamic vinegar sauce, both aesthetically pleasing and tasty. Desserts -- we shared two stewed Asian pears served cold with ice cream, and baklava that was substantial but not too sweet (the host said they don't use honey but rather a lemon-sugar). Both were perfect light finishes to a great meal.

Service was excellent and friendly if a little overeager, which is forgiveable IMO as they just reopened (under new management?) and seemed eager to lure us back, which they didn't really need to make the extra effort to do. I'll be requesting this as a destination on my next visit home.

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