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Gyro King, Civic Center, SF

Limster | May 14, 200204:00 AM

I'm guessing that the guys that run this place are Turkush -- all the posters on the walls point toward the charm of Turkey.

The cooked to order kebab I got was excellent (gosh, what name was it? Adeno? Adana? I've horrible memory Doesn't sounds even close, but it's the kebab displayed raw in the bottom shelf in the middle of the refrigerated display case). Lamb, gentle in flavor and texture, minced and tweaked with good spices. The texture of the kebab (cooked on a sword of a skewer) is lovely. There is that tiny, nearly undetectable elasticity to the moist meat that curls away ever so slightly when one rips into it. A kebab with soul.

This comes with good bread, light but not bouncy, firm yet not stiff, like a sturdy foccacia lightly garnished with sesame seeds. Also, a salad (lots of cucumber and tomatoes, one olive, 2 peppers), buckwheat with substantial, earthy lentils and long grained rice laced with fluff and air.

Didn't get the name of the dessert (point and eat) -- it was a filo roll with pistacchios soaked in honeyed syrup. A good but not super exceptional sweet. Filo was delicate and brittle despite the soaking sweetness. Unrealistic expectations hoped for a light multilayered sensation, all flaking crispy -- alas was disappointed on that front.

Great, cheap (generous kebab platter described above for about $10) and uncrowded with good mediterrenean vibes. Recommended!

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