We ate at the fantastic Ephesus Restaurant (5245 California, West Seattle) this weekend. The ambience was great . . . not the cliche decor (dark carpets, cheap brass water pipes and knick knacks) of so many Middle Eastern and Greek restaurants. It was true to the airiness of Mediterranean restaurants I ate at in Turkey, and it was a very casual laid-back evening. The restaurant is in a converted home with high ceilings and a great view of the Olympic Peninsula. The owner and chef grows fresh vegetables in a garden behind the restaurant. The food melts in your mouth and is authentic Turkish cuisine. No faking it for American tastes . . . lots of butter in the rice and on the vegetables. Eggplant salad without the bitterness or too much garlic (made fresh daily!). Their bellydancer recently moved to Texas, so hopefully they will have a new one lined up soon.
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