Merhaba, bayanlar ve baylar!

For this, the first of my food adventures for report, I selected a Turkish restaurant,  Troy Mezze Lounge.  Troy Mezze was the top contender mostly  because the majority of the reviews on Yelp were raves, Tuesday nights they offer 1/2 price on bottles of wine, and we had a coupon for $10 off your order of $50 or more.  Hard to beat!

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 

Service: 4 out of 5

Food: 2 out of 5

Ambiance: 3 out of 5

Value:  1 out of 5

Would I return: May be.  I’d like to try the clay pot and the pizza.

Troy Mezze is tucked away in the City Market area downtown, which is near Moore Square if you aren’t familiar.   The location is great, charming cobblestone streets, and the interior of the restaurant was nice.  When we arrived, the place was nearly empty so we had our pick of tables!

We were quickly greeted by our waiter, who was an absolute delight! Adorable, good sense of humor and just attentive enough that we felt cared for without being smothered.

Upon opening the menu, we found quite a few options that sounded tasty.  They offer many options for people with differing dietary needs including gluten-free and vegetarian. And for others, such as ourselves, there were a wide variety of meat, seafood and gluten options that were enticing.

…So…we ordered…

For our appetizer, we ordered the Turkish Feta Pastry ($8).

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These fried treats were made from puff pastry rolled into tubes, stuffed with oregano and feta and served with a side of tomato sauce.  They were pretty good.  The pastry was crispy, but not greasy.  The sauce was cold, which seemed intentional, and over seasoned with oregano.

For my entrée, I picked the Salmon ($17).

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It was a baked Ottoman style salmon served with demi-glaze pomegranate sauce, served with rice, marinated carrots and lettuce with a vinaigrette that was mostly oregano.  The salmon was overcooked, which resulted in a dry texture, and  was inconsistently spiced.  Some bites had good heat, others were not even a little spiced and required salt.  The sides were boring and also required salt.

One of my dinner partners ordered the Spicy Adana Kebabi ($17).

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This dish was served with the same sides, but also was accompanied by pita and tzatziki sauce. According to my friend, the sauce was good, but the lamb, while it had a good amount of spice, was dry, and lacked flavor overall.

The second of my dinner partners ordered the Lamb Clay Pot ($12).  photo 9

This was a selection of organic vegetables, Turkish spices and lamb, cooked in a clay pot and covered with cheese.  It wasn’t served with any side dishes, and seemed like a small portion of food.  She made several yummy noises, said that it was well spiced and that she enjoyed it.

When our bill came, we asked if we could put it all together, so that we could use our coupon, but each give our cards to split payment.  This idea confused our lovely waiter.  Because he had been so great, we agreed that it would be ok to just spilt the tab, as long as he could still use our coupon.  He certainly TOOK our coupon, but the $10 off your order of $50 or more did not happen.

Ok, so the rating…

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 

Service: 4 out of 5

Food: 2 out of 5

Ambiance: 3 out of 5

Value:  1 out of 5

Would I return to this restaurant?  May be.  There were several other options on the menu that sounded appealing, including some pizzas.  On top of that, the clay pot did look very  good.  Most likely, I would give the lunch menu a try if I were to return.



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