Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Turkish Cuisine in White Plains

I recently had an opportunity to dine at Turkish Cuisine, a small- uh- Turkish restaurant at 116 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. The proprietor was formerly associated with Turkish Mezze in Mamaroneck.

The restaurant has tables in the back, and a long counter which provides a ringside view of the vertical spits on which the kebabs are cooked- it seems to do a brisk takeout business.

I started my meal with an excellent
baba ghanoush- creamy, with a sweet and smoky flavor, and followed it up with a freshly-made adana kebab dressed with tomato sauce and thick Turkish yogurt. The food was prepared with care, and the portions were perfectly sized and reasonably priced.

I asked the proprietor if he ever featured my personal favorite Turkish dish, imam bayildi, but he told me that the dish was a bit ambitious for this restaurant, which specializes in simpler menu items such as salads and kebabs.

Given White Plains' rather vibrant bar scene, Turkish Cuisine is an appealing stop for a quick break from a pub crawl, an opportunity to quickly refuel with well prepared dishes from a cuisine which is underrepresented in Westchester County.

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