Tuba opened on Guerrero and 22nd about a month ago, reviving a spot that long ago was the Moa Room and Le Trou and has been a succession of undistinguished restaurants since then.
The owners are associated with New Kapadokkia in RWC and also Marina and Kebab on Chestnut Street. This experience shows in everything about the place: the capable kitchen and staff, large parties thronging to get in, being able to make reservations on OpenTable.
It was packed on a Friday night, and although we were late for our reservation, we ended up having to wait a bit and then sit at the bar. The staff was gracious and attentive.
We shared the hot appetizer platter ($18?) and mussaka ($15?), made in the Turkish style with potatoes and eggplant. Portions are huge and come with small salads. Everything was delicious: for example these were the first decent tasting tomato slices I've had in months. And the rice with orzo that accompanies the mussaka was exceptional. (How often do you notice rice pilaf as a standout?)
The menu is a Mediterranean mix, with falafel and crab cakes along side more traditional Turkish dishes. My favorites were the kofta and mussaka. A zucchini fritter was tasty too. The cold appetizer platter and lamb chops headed to another table were tempting.
They're still waiting for their liquor license, but this is definitely wine-friendly food. Turkish coffee was the perfect end to the meal. Dessert looked good, but we were too full.
Our total came to $45 for two before tip. Tuba is a great addition to the neighborhood.
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