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SF: Eden's Restaurant - Chef Vahit Besir found ... heavenly Halal lamb and beef gyros

rworange | Mar 15, 200903:40 PM     32

Chef Vahit was highly regarded for his gyros when he had a restaurant called Real Gyro in Santa Rosa. His brother just opened the fabulous Real Doner in Petaluma.

The style is very similar. These are a bit smaller and thinner and there is some sort of herb in there that is different. The meat is wrapped in flatbread that is crispy in spots from a brief grilling. It lovingly wrapped flavorful meat, pickled red cabbage, chopped tomatoes, a bit of chopped lettuce and is dressed with yogurt sauce. There is a nice bit of crunch in this that goes beyond the cabbage. Maybe cucumber but there was some little thingy in there like a baby fennel bulb ... don't think it is fennel though. Very nice. $4.99

The case has a few baked goods on top: baklava (walnut or pistachio) and though it wasn't on the menu, some sutlac, rice pudding, that looked terrific. .

The case had some great looking kababs ... the beef were especially beautiful ... a sort of deep burgandy that were really appealing.

The menu says he also does catering for office parties, holiday parties and all special occasions.

This is one nice man. He poured me a complementary tea while I was waiting in a nice glass cup with gold trim. What was amusing was someone had been promising to fix something for him for the past three months. There was much loud talking about it. In the middle of all this commotion he says to the woman "Do you want another tea", gets the tea and the hubub continues and when they resolved she would be there on Tuesday to fix it, they sat down and continued on with a pleasant chat. Really swell guy. Fix whatever he needs fixed, ok lady?

A review of his Santa Rosa retaurant, Real Gyro is on the wall. Also, some notes about the other restaurants where he worked. Above the reviews is a Halal certification. Here's one of Melanie's posts about the restaurant he had in Santa Rosa.

Chef Vahit took over the restaurant about December 2008. Before that it was an unsuccessful gyro place with some Asian stuff on the menu. If you look at Yelp, the restaurant before the change of ownership was one star, two at most ... then in December it shot up to four and five stars.

The restaurant is a few doors up from Dotties True Blue Cafe, almost on the corner of Geary and Jones. It is a tiny bare-bones Tenderloiin restaurant with 5 tiny tables and a seating for 12 maximum. There are two sidewalk tables.

The good news is that it is open late until 2 am on Friday and Saturday and 11 pm the rest of the week.

I'll post the brief menu in the first reply

Eden's Turkish Food
552 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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