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Cafe Gulistan


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner

Food and ambience

Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Location and contact


Featuring 10.00 entrees
Every day – year round
All appetizers served w/ pita
Combo Platter
A selection of middle eastern vegetarian dishes (humus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh, ezme & falafil) topped w/ garlic-dill yogurt sauce.
Falafil Appetizer
Crisp deep-fried patties of ground chickpeas served w/ sumak salad & garlic-dill yogurt sauce.
Gulistan House Specialties
Your choice of favorite deep-house appetizer; humus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh or ezme.
Izgara Shrimp
Grilled tiger shrimp marinated w/ house mixture of herb & spices, served w/ sesame seeds w/ dried turkish apricot deep.
Calamari (Gulistan Special)
Tender squid sautéed w/ scallions & fresh garlic in a tomato-lemon sauce.
Gulistan Appetizer
Grilled vegetables topped w/ seasoned New Zealand ground lamb & garlic-dill yogurt sauce.
Shiitake Mushrooms
Farm fresh shiitakes & basil sautéed w/ a walnut-tomato chutney in a red wine & soy sauce.
Soup of the Day
Please, ask your server.
House Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce tossed w/ fresh tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, & cucumbers w/ lemon juice, olive oil & sumak dressing.
Fattoush Salad
Fresh romaine lettuce tossed w/ fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, & zahter croutons, served w/ our exceptional honey garlic-dill yogurt dressing.
Feta Salad
Feta cheese layered w/ ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, & bell peppers, served w/ homemade dressing.
Grilled Chicken Salad
Marinated strips of chicken breast, grilled & served over a bed of romaine lettuce & mixed vegetables, tossed w/ a lemon-herb dressing.
Stuffed Rainbow Trout
Fresh trout stuffed w/ baby spinach, garlic, walnuts, onions, & homemade tomato-pesto, served w/ basmati rice & sautéed spinach.
Shrimp Kabob
Jumbo shrimp marinated in curry-lemon sauce, grilled to perfection, served w/ apricot chutney sauce, basmati rice, & seasonal vegetables.
Pasta Mediterranean
Marinated shrimp sautéed w/ fresh vegetables, dried apricots, feta cheese, & fettuccine in white wine-garlic sauce.
Sultan's Tava
Fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, carrots, & chickpeas, sautéed in curry-garlic sauce, served w/ basmati rice.
Crispy chickpea patties topped w/ sautéed fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, in garlic-mango-walnut cream sauce, served w/ basmati rice.
Falafil Platter
Crisp deep-fried chickpea patties, served w/ basmati rice, sumak salad, garlic-dill yogurt sauce, & seasonal vegetables.
Humus-Tabouleh Platter
Freshly prepared humus & tabouleh served w/ basmati rice.
Baba Ghanoush-Tabouleh Platter
Freshly prepared baba ghanoush & tabouleh served w/ basmati rice.
Pasta Pesto
Penne pasta sautéed in a garlic cream sauce w/ fresh basil-almond pesto & topped w/ parmesan cheese.
Ground lamb & beef sautéed w/ spices & spring onion, served over a bed of basmati rice, & garnished w/ our delicious sumak salad.
Izgara Lamb
Marinated strips of top sirloin lamb char-broiled, served w/ tomato-basil chutney sauce, basmati rice, & seasonal vegetables.
Rack of Lamb
Frenched baby lamb chops grilled to order, served w/ walnut-date chutney sauce, basmati rice, & seasonal vegetables.
This traditional Kurdish wedding dish w/ cubes of tender top sirloin lamb, marinated & sautéed w/ onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, served w/ basmati rice.
Chicken Specialties
Chicken Kabob
Strips of‏ chicken breast marinated in curried-lemon juice then char-broiled, served w/ basmati rice & seasonal vegetables.
Chicken Dolma
Chicken breast stuffed w/ our own Mediterranean filling, slowly baked to perfection in roasted garlic cream sauce w/ sun-dried tomatoes, served over pasta.
Garlic Chicken
Savory pieces of chicken breast sautéed w/ onions, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, & walnuts in garlic lemon juice, served w/ basmati rice.
Antepli Yahnisi
Cubed chicken breast marinated, sautéed w/ onions, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, spinach, & potatoes served w/ basmati rice.
Kid's Pasta
Chicken Kabob
Lamb Kabob
Shrimp Kabob
Rack of Lamb
Mango Cheesecake
Double Chocolate Cheesecake
Additional desserts served daily - ask your server
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available
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Reviewed December 23, 2018

Hidden gem on Red Arrow Highway! Fantastic food for everyone. Mediterranean food with fantastic flavors! It keeps us coming back week after week!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank macrumley91
Reviewed November 11, 2018

I've never had Kurdish food before and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! We'll definitely be back!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Susan C
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Yum! We loved our meal at Cafe Gulistan. We started with the Combo Platter appetizer, which was delicious. We ordered three entrees and split them between two adults and three kids. We had the Ispanek, which had a sweeter coconut sauce, the beef kabob with...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank LeahoftheLakes
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This restaurant is slightly hidden off Red Arrow Highway and can easily be missed. But, definitely go there! The food is excellent - very fresh, tasty and consistently good! The ambience is fine, but it's the food you'd go there for.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Beverly R
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We've been enjoying Glisten's every summer we've come to Harbert these past 20+ years... now we live here and this has become a weekly treat.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank theballoonguy32
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

We revisited Cafe Gulistan, a local KurdistanI/Middle Eastern restaurant, for the first time this year and the food is as good as ever. We started our meal with our favorite appetizer, the combo platter, which has their own Kurdistani version of hummus, babaganoush, falafels, and...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank ndlptmom54
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Excellent resturant. Wonderful service. The combo appetizer is worth the trip by itself. The house salad has the best dressing. The garlic chicken is strong on the garlic side but definitely worth it. First time here but won't be our last.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Caryn D
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Who would think that you would find such top notch, delicious middle eastern food here in beautiful southwest Michigan? Love the menu, the staff is so kind, and the food....I want to lick the plate everytime I have a meal here! We enjoy every meal...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

Everything I've tried is delicious. Good hummus. Good lamb. Good vegetarian options. This is now 💯 characters.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Kate R
Reviewed August 24, 2017 via mobile

Great Mediterranean food in quaint harbor country location. Never miss the opportunity to dine here every summer during our week at the beach. Highly recommend the chicken dolma.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Sorry! Not sure what that is! Call them and find out. Super nice people.
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