Nestled back off the street in the Condado Village Plaza sits this wonderful Turkish restaurant called Ali Baba. While the name is rather common for Middle Eastern eateries, the experience is anything but. Chef/owner Suleyman Yilmaz, originally from Ankara, starts off with a specialty pita that resembles an 18" loaf of Italian bread but is hollow like a pita. Always served fresh from the oven it was just the start of a top notch meal. I had the lamb souvlaki plate served with traditional Turkish cabbage and carrot salad, potatoes and pilaf rice. I ordered the lamb medium and it was grilled to perfection. Of particular note was that the lamb was the finest quality I had experienced in a restaurant in my 30+ years of enjoying Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food. If you find yourself in Puerto Rico, make the trip to Condado, San Juan, sit in the outdoor patio and treat yourself to a fantastic meal courtesy of Chef Yilmaz – you won’t soon forget it.
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