We've been dining at Troya since it first opened on Clement St. years ago. What a treat for the neighborhood! For visitors from out of town, Troya offers another incentive to explore the Inner Richmond district of SF, far from the tourist traps downtown but close to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park and an easy bus ride from Union Square.
But back to Troya itself. The complimentary bread basket comes with a trio of dips: olive oil, paprika, and crumbled pistachios. The smooth, fragrant lentil soup is superb. I often make a dinner from mezzes: soup, grilled halloumi cheese with salad, and fresh Monterey Bay sardines that make tinned sardines seem like a different and vastly inferior species. We love Troya's manti (tiny ravioli drizzled with yogurt sauce and topped with paprika), though I miss the lamb version they had when they first opened. Excellent kebabs, lovely beyti, moussaka so generous and rich it can serve as tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch. We never have room for dessert, so I can't comment on those.
Lunches are great value, as are mezes during happy hour. I sometimes come here with a friend just for Turkish coffee in the afternoon. No matter when you come or how much or little you order, the service is always friendly, efficient, helpful, and never, ever overbearing. Lovely people serving lovely food.
Haven't been to the new Troya on Fillmore, but it's on our list.
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