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Zeyno Mediterranean Grill in Burlingame - Pesto Not the Besto

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Zeyno Mediterranean Grill in Burlingame - Pesto Not the Besto

katya | Oct 25, 2004 07:31 PM

After seeing such positive reviews on this board, I finally checked out Zeyno Mediterranean Grill in Burlingame to get my Turkish food groove on. Much to my surprise the menu had changed quite a bit since the appearance of a Chowhound review in August. Many of the Turkish dishes have been removed from the menu!

I asked for some of the Turkish appetizers like piyaz and sigara boregi which I enjoyed immensely at A La Turca. Both are sadly no longer on the menu; however, a potato version of sigara boregi (sans feta) was available as an appetizer on the lunch menu, and we were able to order it. It was tasty and interesting and consisted of potato and spices in a deep fried pastry dough, but it lacked that feta zing. We also ordered bruschetta (our apps were $6-$7), and we noted its sharp garlic taste. I didn’t mind it but my dinner companions did. The starters were the best part of the meal, along with a wonderful house bread that accompanied a complimentary plate of seasoned olive oil with roasted red peppers, garlic, and olives.

There was a rave review about the chicken kebab in the Chowhound review, so I arrived with plans on ordering that. However, it’s no longer on the menu (and they wouldn’t make it on request). My boyfriend ate one of the only Turkish offerings on the menu – the lamb kebabs. However, he was unimpressed and didn’t think they were tender enough. Looking at the menu, it seemed that Zeyno was straying from its Turkish roots and was experimenting with pasta. My friends and I split three pasta dishes – fusilli with sausage, olives, and tomatoes (needed a spicier sauce), chicken, mushrooms, and feta in a pesto sauce (I like those ingredients separately, but their flavors didn’t meld here), and gnocchi in a tomato sauce with mozarella (pasta was too chewy, sauce lacking). All three we found to be mediocre. The food reminded me of Pomegranate in the East Bay in some ways in that the one time I strayed from the Persian menu and ordered from the extensive pasta menu, I regretted it. Unfortunately, here, I was really excited to have Turkish food, but it was not to be.

Zeyno Mediterranean Grill
248-250 Lorton Ave.
Burlingame
650-344-5655
Mon-Sat, 11:30-2:30
Mon-Sun, 5:00-10:00

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