I have to admit, from the outside this place looks shady! There are no tables outside, the foyer is also empty, and you can barely see inside the place without a bit of effort.
But man it was worth the risk. Why? BECAUSE THE MOST EXPENSIVE DISH WAS 7.99$.
When we first walked in, no one could be found, but we sat down anyway. There were no customers! It only took a minute till someone appeared, and then another. We assumed they were the owners, they were very informative about the dishes we were asking about, and he made a few recommendations of his own. I highly recommend his recommendations, haha.
All the food was super fresh and delicious and well displayed. For such an empty restaurant, seeing such wonderful greens, seasoned chicken on tasty rice displayed so neatly before me was a relief. This was followed by a dish of Manti, which was like a really doughy perogi without the potato, instead ground lamb and beef, in a sauce of garlic yogurt, sundried tomato I think? There were other spices too.
By this point we needed something to cleanse the palate a bit, and he told us the tomato salad was on special, he explained it to us but I couldn't understand him through his accent, but we were so impressed by the previous two dishes that we quickly agreed.
I always forget how simple, uncooked food can often be the most savoury, most flavourful and most satisfying. Fresh cut tomatoes with parsley, cayenne I think...I might be getting my spices mixed up, and turkish Samuk. I need to figure out what that added zing is, the same one finds when eating tabouli.
Thats a nearly a 3 course meal with dessert for two! Unbelievable. The price, which was a significant incentive to risk an otherwise empty restaurant, was unbeatable. came to 12.50 each, thats including tax, without tip.
Ambience is amusing, and by that I mean empty and sparse. There were no other customers, save for one other who ordered the turkish pizza (wish I had a bigger stomach...ohhh the gluttony), emphasized the fact that this place really needs some good word of mouth spread. This place is amazing, but I fear its lack of interior design and foreboding exterior scare people away! The turkish music was a nice touch though :P