Turkish Cuisine and Bakery in Andersonville

February 08 2010 - 10:36 PM

I walked in to this place at 6:30 on a Thursday night, and the first thing I noticed is that the large BYO restaurant was empty.  The second thing is that I looked around for the bakery and didn't see one, so I assumed the bread given to our table was the product of the "bakery".   Not being extremely hungry, I only ordered one main course, something called the Hunkar Begendi, also known as the Sultan's Delight.

It consisted of a tasty baba ghanoush (eggplant with spices) base with beef, bechamel (a white butter cream sauce), and a tomato garlic glace.  The dish was delicious, and the bread also nice and somewhat similar to a challah bread in texture, albeit much more dense, less sweet, and more salty.

Despite the lack of trade on the night I dined, in which only one other table appeared, the atmosphere appears to be quite festive, and apparently it is known for its Saturday belly dancers and live music.  Overall, I felt it was a good neighborhood haunt that was better than many of the Turkish and Middle Eastern places, whose dishes tend to be rather generic at times.

Turkish Cuisine and Bakery
5605 N. Clark
773-878-8930

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