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turkish cuisine - get the quails

zim | Jul 22, 2002 10:54 AM

a while back Mike G had mentioned turkish cuisine for kabobs. the fam had a chance to try out some more of the menu this weekend.

We almost walked away when we saw the air-conditioner was being repaired in the front room, but there was ac in the inner room so we stayed and were fairly happy we did so.

'cause we had a fairly large group I had a chance to try out a fair number of dishes, mainly appetizers a but a couple of the nonkabob entrees as well.
so here's what we ate. I don't have the menu with me, but do remember most of the menu descriptions

plate of feta
imam biyaldi-the eggplant dish mike spoke about
"crispy cheese pastries filled with cheese" (sic)
dolma
eggplant with spicy yoghurt sauce
piyaz-white bean salad
zucchini pancakes
grilled quails
lamb chops
mushroom sautee
desserts - rice pudding, sarma, couple of different cookies

some thoughts on the above: of the dishes the only thing I really wouldn't want to eat again was the mushroom sautee which tasted like pizza topping. The crispy cheese thing were cheese spring rolls (not great but nice for the kids). The dolma were nice even if not the dolma I've been looking for; juicy, a little bit sweet from the currants, and not as dried out as most of the ones you get around town. The zucchini panckes were also good, as was the eggplant with spicy yogurt sauce, though not at all spicy (and not just by my standards - this was my son's favorite appetizer). My favorite was the white bean salad with tomatos, onions, and a little fresh oregano and olive oil, quite italian tasting. The lamb chops I tried were pretty tough but apparently it was variable, as others at the table had bits that were cooked better.

The quails were great. Nothing fancy, no unusual seasoning, just two little birds roasted till crunchy on the outside and juicy on the bone, really good on a platter of rice with a roasted tomato and a roasted banana pepper on the side.

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