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Fish Grill in NE Philly-Simple Turkish BYOB

xsivjosh | Apr 26, 200805:11 AM

Went last night to Fish Grill which had received a nice write-up from Rick Nichols a couple months ago. On Busteton, jusst north of Grant in a tiny strip center. Expected to be totally underwhelmed when we walked in and found very few patrons sitting there..
The decor was very Mediterranean, simple but charming, as if you'd just walked off a street in Turkey or Greece.
The owner and his family cook and serve the meal. We were made to feel quite comfortable.
We ordered and enjoyed several healthy Greek appetizers: Turkish salad, An eggplant salad (not the one with tomatoes), zuchini pancakes with a dill yogurt sauce, and a chopped veggie salad. All were very tasty and light, except for the pancake which was great,but of course a little heavier.
The ladies both enjoyed a grilled whole Dorado fish and the other guy had a whole grilled Branzino. The fish were perfectly done: crisp and moist.
My surf and turf was a couple of small lambchops grilled rare, as I requested, and grilled shrimp. Seldom in Turkish or Greek restaurants can you get a rare pice of lamb, so I was thrilled.
The Baklava was one of the best I've ever had. We also had a fruit dessert which we didn't quite understand, but truly enjoyed. The third dessert was a reach for us: one of those sticky coffee pasty things you get in Mediterranean countries. We had mixed opinions on that one.
All in all, this was one of the best new discoveries we've made in a long time. Always looking for light and healthy food like this. Truly a great example of how the Mediterranean diet can be wonderful.
Recommend a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc and a light Pinot Noir.

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