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Turkish on Coney Island Ave-not Sahara

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Turkish on Coney Island Ave-not Sahara

Denise | Jan 26, 2003 07:45 AM

At the advice of a recent post on this board, we went to Veranda on CIA between U and V. The food was excellent. I had the grilled boned chicken thighs and my husband had the chicken kebob. Both were served with fluffy rice pilaf, grilled tomato, cabbage-the usual side dishes. The meat was tender as butter on both. The thighs were butterflied so they were easy to eat. Their hummus was one of the best we have ever had-very smooth and creamy. Their flatbread was excellent as well. About 18 inches in length, lightly charred. It stayed fresh and didn't harden as I find Sahara's does. We had the rice pudding for dessert. The top was charred, adding a bit of carmelized flavor. The pudding was thick and slightly sweet. My husband hates rice pudding, but he surprised me by going spoon for spoon with me. Their portions are very generous, especially the pudding. Prices were $9.00 to $10.00 for both chicken dishes. The fish plates were about $12.00 to $16.00 for grilled whole sea bass, etc. The clientelle was mostly Russian so the atmosphere was festive. Many large families with bottles of liquor on the table. I am not sure if it's a bring your own booze place. I did see people ordering soft drinks and Corona. Many of the dishes going by looked wonderful. Many fish dishes are offered. The shrimp casserole looked delicious as well as the Turkish style pizza. I definitely would go back and I don't believe it is any relation to Sahara's. There have been quite alot of Turkish places opening up in the area and I think this place outshines Sahara's as far as food goes.

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