I had a gift cert I had won on eBay a bit ago for this place, and we finally got to try it last night. First impression was quite positive. The ambiance is set by candle light and rich colors, with intimate tables set throughout and in the front there appeared to be 2 tables with pillow seats. I would put this place more to the romantic side of the equation as it is quite a nice quiet place (at least on a dark stormy night it was).
To the food... We were started with a basket of toasted/oiled/salted pita chips; that had some crunchy as well as some toothsome, chewy texture mixed throughout. This was accompanied by a complimentary appetizer of a roasted eggplant with tomato sauce appetizer. We had also ordered an appetizer falafel served with tahini sauce as well as borek (spinach and feta phillo pie) served with a garlic yogurt sauce. Both were quite good, and the borek seemed to be reheated using a grill so it added a nice dimension to the flaky crust.
For after the appetizers were done, our waiter brought us complementary cups of a lentil soup with a hint of mint which was quite good.
For dinner my date had the saffron dusted tiger shrimp grilled and served over roasted potato wedges with Jerusalem salad and a bit of pickled cabbage. I had a taste, and while the shrimp was mild in flavor it was quite delicious. The portion was also quite large.
I had the Yogurt Kabob which was really a sampler of the chicken, ground lamb, and beef kabobs served in a casserole type dish over toasted pita chips covered in a lemony garlic sauce. Very rich and tasty and quite a large portion again. This was served with a side of dill rice with long tubular pasta mixed in. Very fluffy and light, what I would expect.
For dessert we had the chocolate baklava and the milk pudding, which was kind of a cross between flan and rice pudding in taste and texture. Great way to finish the meal.
Over all a great experience and I must admit I am partly compelled to post this due to the incredible service we received from the wait staff. I really think the care and professionalism of the staff was top notch, and really added a nice element to the experience.
Cousin's Turkish Fine Dining
3038 W. Irving Park Rd.