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Yayla Bistro in Arlington - Report

Steve | Jul 7, 201806:24 AM     8

Four Chowhounds got together for a fun, lively meal of well-prepared food at Yayla Bistro, a Turkish spot at the edge of Arlington and Falls Church City. We ordered:

Breads:
Sujuklu
Peynirli

Main Course:
Moussaka
Turlu
Manti

Desserts:
Rice Pudding
Baklava
Dried Apricot Dessert

The breads were salty, cheesy, freshly made boats of flavor. What's not to like? Sujuklu had a pepperoni-like thickly sliced sausage and the peynirli had goat cheese and mozzarella.

The main courses were all good without being a sensation. Turlu, billed as a Turkish ratatouille, is very satisfying as is the comforting moussaka. Both light tasting. The manti were tiny, more what I expect when I think of pelmeni in taste and texture. They'd be great if they had something to offset their sour profile.

The three desserts we chose are all home made. The rice pudding was especially creamy and had a gorgeous, delicate flavor. The baklava was appropriately oozy, and did indeed taste fresher that what I'm used to elsewhere. The dried apricot dish was pretty and the apricot pieces stood up on end atop a creamy sauce.

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