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Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington: First bites

Puffy hollow lavas bread at Bosphorus Cafe Grill

Puffy hollow lavas bread at Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington in August 2014 Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

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

 

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