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Review of Kitchen Istanbul

Kitchen Istanbul
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Ranked #592 of 5,834 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: The Richmond
Cross street: 5th Avenue
Description: Where the exotic centuries-old recipes meet with local ingredients to transform into unforgettable flavors that will make you come back for more. Owner and executive chef Emrah Kilicoglu pays close attention to what goes in the kitchen as well as on the restaurant floor. He personally visits each table to make sure that the customers get the ultimate Turkish dining experience where the customer is treated as a guest in his house. Mr. Kilicoglu is not new to the San Francisco gastronomic scene: since March, 2012 he was the co-owner of Troya Clement and contributed to it becoming a staple among Turkish restaurants in the Bay Area. He carefully crafted Kitchen Istanbul's menu to incorporate lots of traditional mezes (Turkish style appetizers), each with a distinct kick to represent a specific region in the Mediterranean area. Just a look at the main dishes will make your mouth water, no matter if you are a meat lover or a veggie lover. The desert menu has a life on its own spanning a wide variety from Turkish classics including Kunefe to French counterparts including Pot de Creme, both recipes dating back to 1700s. Kitchen Istanbul has a welcoming, cozy atmosphere where you can leisurely enjoy your wine while sampling delectable food that is guaranteed to be prepared with the care and love prescribed by the long history of the recipes.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

It was great to dine here! The selections were different than the Turkish food we have at home. Very glad we went.

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Thank TheGoBird
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I was eagerly anticipating giving Troya a try. The wait was worth it. Dinner was delicious, I had the Manti--Turkish ravioli in a yogurt sauce. The Muhamara was excellent as well. A nice surprise was the olive oil and spices served before dinner. The red one--paprika???, was very yummy. The only drawback was the linty napkins. I will definitely be back.

Thank KenEs
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I went to Troya while on vacation, discovering it thanks to a livingsocial deal. Stepping into the restaurant we were hit with a beautiful aroma of Turkish spices and scents. We ordered the warmed olives and hummus as an appetizer, both of which were outstanding. Between the two of us we also tried the red lentil soup, chicken, lamb and ahi tuna kabobs as well as Turkish white and Sicilian red wines. Everything tasted great!! The tuna was cooked a bit more than you would expect with a seared tuna, so it turned out a bit dry - still very flavourful though.
Service was fine - we never had to wait for our glasses to be filled. All in all it was a great experience and we'll be back when we return to San Francisco.

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Thank Mason K
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We've been dining at Troya since it first opened on Clement St. years ago. What a treat for the neighborhood! For visitors from out of town, Troya offers another incentive to explore the Inner Richmond district of SF, far from the tourist traps downtown but close to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park and an easy bus ride from Union Square.

But back to Troya itself. The complimentary bread basket comes with a trio of dips: olive oil, paprika, and crumbled pistachios. The smooth, fragrant lentil soup is superb. I often make a dinner from mezzes: soup, grilled halloumi cheese with salad, and fresh Monterey Bay sardines that make tinned sardines seem like a different and vastly inferior species. We love Troya's manti (tiny ravioli drizzled with yogurt sauce and topped with paprika), though I miss the lamb version they had when they first opened. Excellent kebabs, lovely beyti, moussaka so generous and rich it can serve as tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch. We never have room for dessert, so I can't comment on those.

Lunches are great value, as are mezes during happy hour. I sometimes come here with a friend just for Turkish coffee in the afternoon. No matter when you come or how much or little you order, the service is always friendly, efficient, helpful, and never, ever overbearing. Lovely people serving lovely food.

Haven't been to the new Troya on Fillmore, but it's on our list.

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Thank AmyK88
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We tell people that one of our most memorable vacations was three weeks in Turkey in 2000. We loved the people there, we loved the food, and all three of us returned weighing less than when we'd left, due to the wholesome and healthy cuisine.

Troya on Clement Street in San Francisco is our "go to" place about once a month, and we love the borak (spinach, raisins and pine nuts in a puff pastry wrap) and the manti (tiny meat or veg raviolis in a delicious yoghurt-based sauce). We have found our Turkish experience only a few blocks from our house!

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Thank Terry V
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