Noticed the sign for Saray Cafe go up in the last couple of weeks and dropped in at lunchtime Thursday to check it out. It's on the west side of First St. SW btwn 6 and 7 Ave. It's the little space where Atomic used to be. Saray's a Turkish place, run by an affable Turkish fellow who says he has a restaurant in Turkey and this is his first restaurant in Canada. Looks like a fast food concept using a steam table to keep a few selections warm - while i was there it was Kofte, White beans, Chicken and Rice and a Burgel dish.
I tried the Kofte with burgul and it was carefully assembled in my styro take-away box along with a small bit of salad, some white beans and a few sauces. A glass of Turkish tea was thown in as well as a sample of Sahlep - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahlep
My few Turkish dining experiences have been limited to Germany and Istanbul cafe in NW Calgary, so a real rookie in this area. Overall everything was tasty (hot stuff was a little cool) The 3 small Kofte had nice cinamon/allspice? flavouring and the burgeul was a bit plain. I expected a little bread - but there wasn't actually much sauce do do any dipping! It aslo has a tiny salad bar with about 3-4 selections. 2 bucks for a small container.
A neat alternative to the food court scene for sure. Will try again.
623 1 St SW, Calgary, AB , CA
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