An outdoor table at the new Bosporus Cafe Grill in Port Washington seemed the place to be on a recent evening. But the breeze got a bit too chilly, so we ate indoors in the simply but handsomely appointed dining room for what proved a positive experience.
The ideal accompaniment for a mixed appetizer plate ($18.50) — hummus, ezme (spicy chopped vegetables), babaganush, tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad) and eggplant salad — was the restaurant’s hollow lavas bread ($2.50), hot and puffy from the oven.
An entree of chicken adana kebab ($15.95), or spiced ground chicken on a skewer, turned out a bit dry; the lamb version ($17.95) was a much juicier choice. A real surprise was how moist and tender the chicken shish kebab ($17.95) turned out to be — and white meat, no less. Kazandibi ($6.50), a caramelized milk pudding, ended the meal on a light note.
Bosporus Cafe Grill is at 138 Shore Rd., Port Washington, 516-321-9999, bosphoruscafegrill.com