**** (4.5 stars)
This Lake Nona branch is the third location for this small chain, after Winter Park and Dr. Philips, and it’s definitely the nicest. (I understand a fourth is coming soon to Winter Garden.)
My favorite item is the appetizer sampler of dips, which includes Humus, Babaganoush, Sautéed Eggplant, Tabbuli, Ezme, Tarama, Haydari, and Zetinyagli Yaprak Dolma. Be sure to get it with Halvas, the large, hollow pita-like bread for dipping.
I also like the Doner Kebap, which is thin slices of gyro lamb over rice.
Don’t be afraid of the Turkish wines. They’re quite good, and a flight gives you the chance to sample two ounces of four different ones and pick your favorite.
The place is large, hard surfaced, and gets busy, so don’t expect a quiet meal. If not for that, I would have given it another star.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Lake Nona
6900 Tavistock Lakes BlvdSte 100
**** (4 stars)
This Turkish restaurant is bustling with locals, so it’s definitely got the stamp of authenticity.
We tried the cold appetizer sample, which was a great assortment. Favorites were the eggplant and the tomato and vegetable mixture. Interestingly, they were served with crusty bread rather than the traditional puffy Lava? Turkish bread.
The hot appetizers we tried included falafel, which was crispier and a different shape that we were used to, and some excellent zucchini pancakes.
We also shared one entree that was an assortment of all the meats, and thought each was very well prepared. The lamb chop was my favorite, as it had a nice char.
Service was friendly and efficient, especially considering the restaurant was completely full.
ABA Turkish Restaurant
325 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
**** (4 stars)
This is a good place that is unfortunately too expensive for lunch. The big puffy bread is the highlight, and all the dishes we enjoy at the Winter Park location, such as the kebabs and vegetarian items are just as good here. This would be a good choice for dinner, particularly on a nice night eating at the sidewalk tables. However for lunch we go across the street to Cedars.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
7600 Doctor Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819