Exceptional Turkish cuisine served in a relaxing, indoor-outdoor setting is a welcome surprise among the big-budget chains on Sand Lake Road. Servers at this independently owned neighborhood favorite bring to the table piping-hot, oversized lavas (hollow bread) to dip in appetizers such as a hummus; ezme (a zesty, garlicky, chilled chopped salad); and baba ghanoush. Many twosomes make a meal of the bountiful mixed-appetizer platter with a lavas or two. Following
are oversized platters of char-grilled whole or filleted sea bass, kebabs, and any variety of lamb dishes, each prepared expertly. Light eaters enjoy the boat-shaped, spinach-and-cheese, special Turkish pastry. A second unit, also with alfresco tables, is in Winter Park.