After a few hours at the Aquarium/Astroland with the ChowPup, we decided to switch it up from our usual Nathan's/Totonnno's/Brighton Beach Russian eating spree and head instead to Coney Island Avenue where I was curious to try the oft discussed kebabs at Sahara.
Shepherd's salad, and crispy feta-stuffed sigar bouregi were excellent, and the kebabs were very good, but nothing that different from Ayhan's- another cavernous, sprawling grill spot seemingly ubiquitous throughout LI. My husband and I split a mixed lamb and a mixed chicken grill. Nothing was really that flavorful, and I was a bit let down by the lack of seasoning in both Adana kebabas. The grilled tomato served alongside rice that tasted like Uncle Ben's was really mealy, but the jalapeno was charred beautifully and provided a nice kick. The freshly baked pide was super and the highlight of our meal was slab of just baked Ravani (sp?) a dense semolina cake drenched in sugary sweetness (never sure if it's sugar water or honey).
Afterwards we decided to hit Gulluoglu, a few blocks
away, as I hadn't been there since its opening. The simple offerings, I was happy to discover, remain OUSTANDING. The noodle and feta stuffed pie was insanely good (think of a dense feta lasagna, no sauce, with crispy filo encasing it)The various baklava, pistachio, walnut, double pistachio, and hazelnut, were so, so fresh and cripsy. The Burma Kadayif(think shredded wheat rolls) was, like everything else, superlative, and my ABSOLUTE favorite, the durum ( a single, almost transparent layer of filo wrapped around bundles of bright green sweet pistachios) was to die for. This place has been in business in Turkey since 1871, and they definitley have it down to a science. Awesome!