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What's New in the Boca Area

RickL | Apr 15, 200807:53 AM

Have you tried anything new in the Boca-Delray-Deerfield area?

Last week I saw an ad for a new Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant in Royal Palm Plaza. My wife and I love Middle Eastern food and while our first choice would be Lebanese, we've enjoyed Turkish cuisine in the past. The owner's original Turquoise is in Larchmont, NY (http://www.turqmed.com/) and apparently he decided to come to Boca after many of his regular customers asked him to open in SoFla.

We went to Turquoise (305 S.E. Mizner Blvd behind Jake's) for lunch on Saturday (it's our preferred way of trying new restaurants before investing in dinner) and were very impressed. The room is small but well lit and very comfortable. The menu has a nice assortment of hot and cold meze and salads along with entrees featuring fish, lamb, chicken, and a selection of vegetarian offerings. The lunch menu offers many of the same items as the dinner menu but at a lower price for what are probably smaller portions.

Karen had the Turquoise Chicken (grilled chicken breast sliced and served over a very good humus with sliced green olives and pine nuts.) She was very happy with her choice. The chicken was very tasty and the combination with the humus and green olives worked really well. I had the grilled kofte which, for me is often a good test of a Middle Eastern restaurant's kitchen. This was three patties well seasoned, nicely grilled, and still moist inside. Served over a bed of fragrant rice and accompanied by grilled tomato and peppers and a small salad of mixed greens, this was an excellent dish.

We spent some time talking with the manager (George) and he explained that the restaurant's specialty is seafood and that most of their fish entrees are served whole as well as fillet. The menu lists Branzino, Orato, St Peter's Fish (Talapia), Red Snapper, Brook Trout, and Red Mullet among others all at "market price." I'm a big fan of grilled whole fish so we'll be going back for dinner soon.

1895 Palmer Ave Ste 3, Larchmont, NY 10538

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