so, finally, i went to Mavi after going to Hemsin every time i wanted turkish food.
and i regret not trying Mavi before.
The atmosphere is significantly better than Hemsin - whereas in Hemsin you sometimes feel like you're in a warehouse, in Mavi you feel cozy without feeling crowded.
the service was similiar. at moments, outstanding, at other moments, where was my waitperson!?!?!
and the food? simply outstanding.
four of us went - we each had a main course and we split two appetizers - not to mention the endless bread, olives, and olive oil - which was delicious when the bread was dipped in it.
for starters, we had the Stuffed Grape Leaves and the Fried Calamari - both of which were superb. But the kicker was the white dipping sauce that came with the Calamari - a sort of tarter sauce, but more a mixture of mayo, oil, and yogurt - it was without a doubt the champion of the appetizer course.
for the main dishes we had the Vegetable Casserole, the Baked White Beans, the Adana (Spicy Lamb) Kabab, and the Manti (Stuffed dumplings)
The casserole was good - nice spices, but there's only so much you can do with vegetables.
that being said, the white beans were delicious - tangy, and both sweet and savory.
the lamb was out of the world - some of the best meat i've had in quite some time.
but the winner, to me, was the manti. like tiny tiny tiny tortellini, stuffed with lamb and spice, they melted in your mouth. The sauce it came in though - baked in a yogurt, butter, and tomato sauce, with fresh tomatoes on top, was undescribibly delicious.
don't miss Mavi - it's out of this world.