Saturday, June 22, 2013
Turkish-Mediterranean Cuisine at Its Best - Restaurant Review
Ezme. Eggpant Salad. Hummus. Baba Hounush. Adana Kebab. Kofta Kebab.
I crave the above. And I can't get enough of it. Really. I'm at my happiest sipping tea out of a glass and nibbling on a mezze platter.
I've been lucky to have friends from all over the world including friends from Turkey who exposed me to their home cuisine. I was so pleased when my friend, Nathan, invited me to a Turkish restaurant in Cary, North Carolina.
Bosphorus, is a small restaurant with ten inside tables and about the same of year-round outdoor seating. It is always busy and I don't think they take reservations unless it is for a large party. It is not uncommon for three or four different languages being spoken at neighboring tables. Many of the patrons are Turkish and for me that's always a good sign. Especially when it is families having a meal together. The staff are wonderful, friendly, and helpful.
I've been there for lunches and dinners both on the weekday and weekend, and I've yet to have a bad experience. The food is always outstanding. The dishes are freshly prepared. What I appreciate about Bosphorus is the dishes are flavorful and delicate. The spices are well balanced. I find a lot of Mediterranean restaurants overwhelm the dishes with mainly garlic. Bosphorus doesn't. It all blends and balances perfectly. Let's put it this way, after eating a Bosphorus, I do not have to avoid kissing people out of fear of garlic breath.
Everything I've had at Bosphorus is delicious. Here are some of my favorite dishes. Dishes that I really do crave:
And I can't forget the tea served as though they do in Turkey. Or as I like to say
For us, Bosphorus is worth the one-and-a-half hour drive one-way to have a meal.
329-A North Harrison Avenue
Cary, NC 27513