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Beyoglu report

Ping | Jul 31, 2002 02:09 PM

I know Jayask reported not too long ago, but more is better. Plus, I need to vent a tiny bit about the annoyance of dining with a stubbornly non-houndish eater.

Was a little bit taken aback by the somewhat fussy decor at first. I had a different vision of a place that serves primarily mezze. About 8:30 on a tuesday evening, very busy, short wait. Owner was effusive, if not a bit goofy. I like goofy.

Three of us. Me, my friend who has been chowhounding with me for 20 years now, and his weird and humorless girlfriend/albatross ;). An okay bottle of Vernaccia. Had cacik, the yogurt/cucumber/herb/sumac mix - a bit thick, tasted/felt like fresh goat cheese; octopus salad - divine, swimming in olive oil and fresh herbs; borek - okay, but not world-rocking; dolmades - fresh and plump, but way too much allspice; patlican salatsi - expected cubes and chunkiness, but it was mashed, very smoky, a good smokiness; sardines - hard and salty as driftwood; hummous - good, lots of paprika; tabbouleh - totally different than I've ever had, tons of paprika and pepper puree, very clumpy, but good; and the girlfriend's usual vote for The Most Boring Thing That I Can Find On The Menu (not that ANYthing here is boring - quite the opposite. It's just that she has the most narrow parameters for food. She looks for the "soup-and-sandwich" option in everything. And these two live in Tokyo, for God's sake! Oy!!! My head hurts from teeth grinding.)-spinach - served steamed with a bit of yogurt. Dessert was pistachio halvah and a wonderful fresh khatayif (sp?), and very good Turkish coffee for me before I had to return to work (ugh).

I believe that a really nice, leisurely meal can be had there if one goes after 9:00. About that time, the lights started dimming and the Turkish pop CD's were turned up, and the owner and pals started hanging at the bar. The kitchen stays open until midnight (yay!), so next time, when I'm not entertaining the world's most neurotic couple, I'll go for a late-night mezze and cocktail feast with my man after a long day of work (nearby).

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