I went to Brookline Family Restaurant yesterday for lunch. The friendly girl behind the counter informed me that lunch is counter service so she'd be taking my order and I could pick it up when it was ready. I ordered cacik, hunkar begendi, and a small bottle of uludag to wash it down. Unfortuantley they were out of turk cola :(
The cacik was a cool refreshing dip of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, and mint. A splash of olive oil was sprinkled on top to mix. The meal came with a small loaf of sesame seed topped bread which was perfect for dipping in the cacik.
Hunkar begendi (listed on the menu as Sultan's Delight) was tender chunks of lamb in a tomato based sauce served on a bed of pureed eggplant. The eggplant reminded me of babaganoush except not quite as creamy. The lamb was soft and flavorful but there wasn't much of it. I guess for 12.95 a plate I was expecting more. I used some of the bread to dip in the pureed eggplant too.
The entree was served with an order of rice pilaf. It was your standard pilaf. Good and filling but nothign outstanding. They gave so much food that I couldn't possibly eat it all. I requested a take home container and was given two small styrofoam containers with holes on the top. I found this odd because the food could easily spill out of the holes if the containers were turned the wrong way.
I had no room for dessert but there was plenty to choose from. A whole case filled with, what looked like homemade, pastries and baklava. I should have bought one to take home and have later.
It was a good experience but I was turned off by the counter service. What's up with that? Just because your establishment is a converted pizzeria doesn't mean you have to use the counter for cafeteria style dining. I wasn't too pleased with the containers I was given for take home either.
But I suppose I shouldn't quibble. The food was good and they definately gave you HUGE portions. I might go back and try one of their kepbabs which I've heard so much about