Have now been to this restaurant twice since it became Dervish Grill. Istanbul Grill that used to be in this location was good. In the end, it really couldn't compare to my then favorite restaurant, Anatolia's on the other side of town, for this type of food. Sorry, Anatolia's, Dervish is at least just as good and BETTER is some ways and for now is my favorite. For example, the grilled chicken at Anatolia's over the years has been occasionally dry. I have avoided it. It was MEMORABLY moist and savory at Dervish. The flavor of the marinated lamb and beef tickle your palate. Anatolia's has been cutting back on portions, but Dervish's portions (though not as large as Anatolia's were in the past) seem to be larger. Service is always good at Anatolia's. Service has been excellent both times at Dervish (but we did have the same waiter so maybe this is no coincidence). Yes, I will probably still go to Anatolia's when I have something else to do in that neighborhood, like a movie at the Cedar Lee, but I am tempted to favor Dervish for a dedicated dining experience. In fact, my second visit was to bring friends that love Anatolia's for this new experience at Dervish and my third visit is already scheduled this weekend with other friends.
The only critique I would give is the little nothing lettuce on the plates which is too big for a garnish and almost too small to be a side. The first time, blah. Fresher and better the second, so I think they are working on it. My advice is get rid of it and replace it with something else (ideally grilled), name it something Turkish to make it cute and excusable, or turn it into a real salad side.
If you like Mediterranean food, especially lamb or shish-kabob, do yourself a favor and go here. You will not be sorry.
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