The Flying Carpet Turkish Café is one of the newest additions to Fort Worth’s West Magnolia Avenue restaurant row. It sits one block off of Magnolia on Washington Avenue in a 1909 framed neighborhood house that has been transposed into not only an eclectic eatery featuring Turkish-themed food but there’s a huge assortment of hand-woven Oriental rugs that fill two front rooms. The ceilings, walls and floors were redone with wood planks, which carpets hang from and the roof is a reclaimed, 80-year-old red clay tile. There is a house directly next door where Mexican music played loudly while three men sat on their front porch playing cards. We felt as if we had slipped from one part of the world to another as we entered the café.
Don’t let the limited menu fool you. There may be a small selection but every morsel we tried was excellent. There are three salads offered a Green with Pear and Pine Nuts, Taboulleh and Roasted Beet with Arugula. ($7 - $9). A Vegetarian entrée is offered with was a generous portion, enough for two, of Green salad, Taboulleh and Tahini Hummus with hot fresh made pita. ($15) We opted to share the vegetarian plate as an appetizer instead of ordering separate salads. This gave us a sample of three great dishes. The Taboulleh was just the way I like it with more grain and less parsley and the hummus was creamy with the best pita I have tasted in years.
There were three entrees to choose from Australian Lamb Shoulder with roasted chestnut pumpkin puree, zucchini and pecans ($20); Flatiron Steak with caramelized fennel, cinnamon rubbed red roasted red potatoes and brocollini ($20); and Roast Chicken Breast with stewed okra, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, tomato and rice pilaf ($18). We chose the lamb and steak and the portions on each were just right. Not too much or too little. Both were cooked to perfection and complimented perfectly.
The Flying Carpet Café is BYOB with a glass fee of $3 per person for wine bottles. Fee is waived if you bring your own glassware. We had hot Turkish tea that was served in a very small shot type glass with a cube of sugar. Perfect. Dessert special for the day was a pound cake that was almost like a coffee cake. Delicious.
Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and he suggested the vegetarian entrée as our appetizer. We loved the atmosphere and the food was far beyond what I had expected. Not your typical Mediterranean fare.
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