My friend took me out for my birthday last night in Huntington. We didn't have reservations, were just wandering around town and came upon this place called Dardenelles - a Turkish seafood place.
It was fine - really fine. First of all, it was very pretty and beautifully decorated (although I could have done without the canned Italian lounge singers on the sound system). I know this isn't always true, but very often the ethnic places I haunt are long on charm, but decor is not a strong point. I still prefer that to a beautiful place that serves so-so food, but this place had both.
We shared two appies to start; fried oysters, that came on a bed of spinach, with a horseradish dipping sauce, and a baked eggplant, with tomato and pepper. My friend, who doesn't like fish, had one of the two non-fish entrees; baby lamb chops, over couscous, I think. My entree was the Chilean sea bass, with a tomato and caper sauce, and artichoke hearts and scallions around the side. It was garnished with fresh dill. The sauce was so good, I tried to scrape every last bit up with my fork! The fish was lovely, sweet and delicate. They started us off with a big round loaf of bread, maybe 8" across, that was cut into wedges and was very dense and chewy - sort of bagel like. I apologize to anyone who knows this cuisine, I'm sure there is a proper name for this bread. They put a bowl of black olives and cherry tomatoes in olive oil, to dip the bread into.
Desserts were limited, halvah, baklava and sorbet. I tried the baklava that was supposed to be dried and more full of pistachio. What I got were three loaves that were green and looked like mini-shredded wheats. Pleasant, but nothing to write home about.
There is one entree on the menu that is salt-encrusted fish, for $125, prior reservations required. I didn't ask about it, because we wouldn't have it, but I thought it was curious.
Anyway, sorry to be so wordy, but it was a great place and I encourage anyone in/near Huntington to check it out. I know Huntington has lots of places to eat, but many are trendy and don't last that long. I think this one could be a keeper.
It's on Main St; no, I don't remember the number, but it is on the south side, the next block over from where Swenson's used to be.
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