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Last night my dad and I grabbed dinner at Bosphorous, a Turkish restaurant, on Park Ave. We actually took a Mediterranean cruise when I was in middle school, which ended in Turkey, but I don’t really remember any of the food from there.
Upon arriving at the restaurant, I realized I had forgotten my camera. Rookie mistake. So my apologies for the crappy photos—these were taken on my iPhone (3!!).
We started out with an order of lavas, which is their traditional hollow bread. It came out piping hot, and once you rip into it, the whole thing deflates. It was warm, chewy, buttery and delicious.
We dipped the lavas in hummus and roasted eggplant.
You really can’t go wrong with hummus and warm dippers. The eggplant was also delicious. There were huge chunks of eggplant, and it was swimming in tomato sauce. However, it was served cold, which I didn’t expect. I had never actually had cold eggplant before.
My dad ordered shrimp casserole for his main course, which was sautéed shrimp coated in a cream sauce and served with rice.
He was kind of lukewarm on the dish. He said the cheese overpowered everything else.
I ordered lamb kofte, which is a mixture of lamb and veal with seasonings then formed into patties and grilled.
It was really flavorful and moist. The spices were really strong, but balanced out well with the rice. The rice was also extremely seasoned and flavorful. I really enjoyed my meal but could only eat half of it. It was a lot of food!
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal, even though my dad didn’t, but there are some things they could work on. They were out of a fish on their menu, which was my dad’s first choice, and then they were out of the wine he wanted. Our waitress was also a little annoying. She had great intentions, but she kept coming back with little quips that you could tell she uses with every table.
“Great choice. If you don’t like it, I’ll eat it.”
“How is everything? Glad you like my cooking!”
It just didn’t fit with the ambience they were going for there. It’s also important to note that this place is pretty pricey. Most of the entrees are more than $20. Welcome to Park Ave!
The next day at work, I heated up my leftovers making my cubicle smell like onions. Whoops. I really do try not to be that person, but everyone around me said it smelled delicious.
It really did heat up well. The patties were still really flavorful and moist, and the rice was just as delicious and I remembered from the night before. However, those spices definitely added up.
Lunch was followed by a lot of water.
And additional reinforcements.
Sorry if this post seems rushed. I’m feeling really icky. I woke up with the worse headache this morning, which hasn’t gone away despite lots of Advil all day, and on top of that, I’ve been feeling kind of nauseas and my eyes are having a difficult time adjusting making me dizzy. I’m just a mess. Time to shut the computer and give myself a break.
Have you ever had Turkish food?
Any fun plans for the month of September? I’m pumped for football season!