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Luscious Turkish Brunch at Istanbul'lu, Somerville

opinionatedchef | Nov 28, 201112:41 AM

Thanks to CH yumyum,who was generous enough to (previously) post tantalizing description and photos of an Istanbul'lu brunch,we really enjoyed ourselves here today.

One of the advantages to brunch here is that it has longer hours than most other brunch restnts. (Sunday hours are 11AM -9PM) We arrived at 2:30; 2 other tables were occupied. We were starving, so we ordered 2 small plates to accompany our egg dishes. Both the zucchini fritters and the unusual red lentil Mercimek kofta 'tapas' had been favs on a previous visit here and they were just as delicious today.

Our egg dishes were both very unusual. Cilbir is served in a metal oven casserole - 4 poached eggs sitting in a pool of fresh tangy yoghurt drizzled w/ a red pepper oil. I think next time i will ask if they might add a bed of sauteed vegetables (or those Mucver /Zucchini fritters) but it was a treat nonetheless.
My Love had the Sucuklu 'omelet'. Sucuklu tastes pretty much like pepperoni, and the omelet is really not an omelet. Instead, it bears some resemblance to Chechouka, scrambled eggs with tomatoes and cheese etc., which has variations in Israel, Morocco, and other Mediterranean countries. It also is served in a small metal casserole. Their homemade thick turkish bread made a fine sponge for all the flavorful sauces.

Our server was the delightful smiling young woman from Belarus, who made us feel most welcome and took good care of us. Pre-warned by another CH of this likelihood, we asked for the Turkish music channel to replace the odd rock on their system, and the chef smiled with satisfaction and happily changed it. The intimate room has such an attractive colorful decor; that, the music, the people and the food all complement each other and make for a very comfortable and delightful brunch experience.

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