One of the things I often discover as I stumble into restaurants is the meaning of their names. It turns out Bhosphorus is a straight that connects Turkey with Europe, which actually might just be the perfect name for a restaurant, where the owner chef is from Turkey and is married to a woman from Poland.
So this was adventure two of birthday dining, this year. The good thing about working in the city is that I do not feel deprived about trying new places, so I do not have to cram in a lot of new restaurant trying around an occasion.
So, this was my husband’s idea of being inspired. He even checked out Small Bites which as some of you know is the source of a lot of the places I have tried. Well, he read and liked and even liked the blog on Facebook, which gives the site the distinction of being the second blog that he follows.
The first one course is my blog and does not count, since he was asked to like it.
Well, back to the menu, the restaurant has a very interesting selection of appetizers making it difficult to choose. Also, has a lot of options that deviate from what at least to me seems hackneyed in a Mediterranian style restaurant.
We started by ordering the fried mussels, these were very original and interesting, since every plump mussel had actually been separated from the shell. It came with a flavorful creamy garlic dipping sauce. The sauce actually was the show stealer in this case. We actually asked them for more.
The other starter that we ordered was a caponata like eggplant appetizer. This was also excellent. The eggplant was fresh and tender with the sweet and sour flavors melting in one’s mouth. I have try to figure out how this was done before we get our crop of eggplant next summer.
This actually set the expectations really high and we ordered a lamb dish in an eggplant base. This was a little more disappointing. I actually attribute this partly to our palate. If you are used to eating lamb the Indian way, you tend to develop a palate for very tender and robustly spiced meat, the dish we ordered was much plainer in taste and the meat was a little harder that I would have liked.
The husband had some sort of fish dish (not being funny!) which was simple, flavorful and light. The house red that we had with the meal was smooth and complemented the meal well.
The service was also really good and the space is well decorated and brings a nice touch of sophistication to the area.
So, please check out the place and tell me what you think.
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