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Gyro's House - Turkish/Greek Mediterranean Restaurant in Mt. View

Trill | Feb 19, 2006 05:36 AM

This small restaurant has an open grill and glass cases of cold appetizers/desserts in front - if you go earlier in the day you'll probably see one of the guys grilling huge chunks of lamb in front. The restaurant is decorated with pictures/paintings of the Greek Isles, but one of the guys who always worked there told us he hails from Turkey.

the menu here is simple with standard Turkish/Greek faire. some of the items we've tried are

1) dolmas - good. Soft grape leaves with lightly sour flavor - better than Chelokababi, Armenian Gourmet or Kan Zeman. These come five to a plate (4.95)
2) piya bean salad - bf loves this. essentially a lightly flavored salad of pinkish white beans. personally not in love but that may be because I never encountered anything like this before
3) hummus - ok
4) baba ghanoush - too lemony - overpowers the eggplant flavor
5) eggplant salad - okay, but too vinegary to eat more than the first couple of bites

Their lamb and chicken kebabs are both nice - these come with a plate of rice and salad - portions are generous and I'm torn between the Rose Market in Mt View and Gyro's House on which one's better(Gyro's is more expensive) They also have lamb, chicken and adana kebap wraps, but we've yet to try them.

Besides the apps and entrees, the item that brings us back to Gyro's House repeatedly is the rice pudding. The chilled puddings are served in little individual claypots. The ingredients are only rice + milk + sugar, but the milky pudding crust and liquidy texture bring us back time and time again. The sweetness of the pudding is enjoyable without being cloying or too sweet. Once the table next to us ordered simply rice pudding and hot tea, so we're not the only addicted ones :)

I waited to review this place because it is so simple and such a neighborhood spot. The staff barely speak English yet they are friendly and work hard to keep the place clean and polished. The place is small with minimal decor, and the menu is not huge, but food consistency and friendly service made each one of our visits enjoyable.

Gyro's House
212 Castro St
Mountain View, CA

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