Our friends took us to their latest 'discovery' the other night-and it was absolutely terrific. Veranda is a relatively new Turkish restaurant, located on Coney Island Avenue, between Avenue U and V. The restaurant itself is very pretty,and the waiters and management are really on the ball-attentive, but not intrusive. The food is SUPERB. We ordered a variety of appetizers, both hot and cold. The hummus and eggplant were way above the norm, and the grilled octopus was served on a salad of chopped tomatoes, red onions and parsley, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice-delicious! All this wass accompanied by a GREAT home made flat bread and excellent olives, in seasoned olive oil.
After a beautiful and very fresh shepards salad, we had room for only two entrees, which we split. The mixed grill was composed of shish kebab, chicken kebab (the best ever), gyro, baby lamb chops, and Adana kebap. We could not decide which we liked best-it was all wonderful. The shrimp casserole, might have been compared to a shrimp Santorini, were it not for the fact that it was 100 times better-the sauteed vegetables and the sauce were perfect.
But the best was yet to come-you absolutely must try the kunefe for dessert. It is made of shredded dough with a thin layer of cheese in the middle, and served with honey syrup. It is one of the very best desserts I have ever tasted.
We can't wait to go back to Veranda. We will take friends just for the fun of sharing OUR latest discovery.