Today, whilst driving along Bayview Avenue in search of a decent place for a quick lunch, I noticed this new place - ' Mavi Grill ' in the same plaza as Solo Maria, the Italian restaurant.
Expecting it to be another Wimpey Diner type clone, upon entering the premise, I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a ' Turkish ' restaurant with a Turkish floor manager and a Turkish chef manning the grill/kitchen!
My confidence of the place was further reinforced when I noticed a whole slew of Turkish dishes and Kebabs listed on the interesting and authentic looking menu. Adana, Iskender, Doner, Shish.... Kebabs, Izgara Kofte, Bulgar Pilav, Coban Salatasi and my favourite Turkish dessert - Sutlac (rice pudding), not to mention 'Turkish Coffee!'
For my lunch, I ordered the Doner Veal and Lamb Kebab with Bulgar Pilav, Coban Salatasi and a cup of Turkish Coffee.
The Coban Salatasi (Turkish Garden salad) was nicely seasoned and dressed with herbs, olive Oil and lemon juice. Ingredients of bell peppers, pickled radishes, tomatoes, onions, parsley..etc were all fresh and crisp. The Turkish rice was cooked in sundried tomato paste and saffron and has a wonderful chewy texture, not unlike barley! The generous Doner meat was also nicely seasoned with lovely smokey char and accompanied with both garlic and yogurt dipping sauces. Finally, that cup of coffee! Yup! as seen in the photo, its the real McCoy, dainty and with cooked down coffee sediments at the bottom of the cup!
Surrounded by ever growing Persian eateries in the area, I was so glad to discover this Turkish gem that serves a different version and style of Kebabs. For sure, I will be back to try out their Shish Kebabs, the Hangover Soup and the Sutlac. The latter, I was so tempted to but just too full to try today!!