Like many people, I get cravings. So when I needed my middle eastern fix, I did some research and we ended up at a Turkish restaurant called Istanbul. It wasn’t too far from our place, and I’ve probably passed it 100 times without noticing because it’s in a strip mall of all places. Luckily, we didn’t let that scare us off and I’m really glad.
When you walk inside, it’s small and cozy, with a tile floor and some pieces from Turkey (I assume) around the room. Nothing uber-fancy, but the effort was appreciated. We started with two Turkish beers and kadinbudu kofte or Turkish meatballs. Both were tasty, but if I knew what was coming, I probably would have skipped an appie.
We both ordered “From the BBQ.” Hubby got an Adana Chicken Kebob, and I had a Kerkuk Kebob with ground lamb and beef. Both came with warm, fresh pita and hummus, bulgur and salad.
The meal in my opinion, was superb. The meat was tender and seasoned perfectly. It was all nicely balanced by the tasty bulgur and fresh green salad. And of course, we couldn’t get enough of the pita and hummus.
We left the meal feeling stuffed, but not gross, and a little lighter in the wallet (the Turkish beer at nearly 7 bucks a bottle was a bit much… but when in Rome. Er, I mean Turkey) but I honestly felt the meal had what hubby calls a good value for quantity and quality ratio. After all I did end up taking some meat and bulgur home and had it for breakfast the next day.
Oh, and while we didn’t stay for it, they did have belly-dancing that Saturday if you want to work off the kebobs.
12829 82 Street
Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm