Cafe Istanbul - Astoria, Queens - A Turkish Delight!

Cafe Istanbul - 25-47 Steinway St, Astoria, NY, 11103

Recently, Cafe Istanbul invited On The Chopping Board (OTCB) to try some of the menu items at their restaurant in Astoria, Queens. All food and beverages were provided free of charge.

Located in Astoria, Queens amongst a row of unassuming Middle Eastern stores, lies Cafe Istanbul. As we enter from the street myself (Mirko) and a friend are greeted with traditional Turkish music playing in the background and are promptly seated to start our Turkish feast.

Upon being seated, we are provided with some menus and decide to order a few of our favourite dishes we like to order whenever we visit Middle Eastern restaurants. 

Turkish Tea - $4.95
First on the menu, we order the Turkish Tea. The tea is nicely presented in traditional kitchenware. With its slightly sweet flavour, it is refreshing on the palate with hints of mint - a great way to start off our meal.

Continuing to peruse the menu, we opt for one entree, two mains and a dessert.

Hummus - $7.95
Our entree was the Hummus. The flavours of the hummus instantly took me back to my past visits to Dubai with its smooth and creamy texture. The pita bread was warm and fresh and easily held it's shape when scooping up the hummus.

Shish Kebab - $19.95
Our first main item was the Lamb Shish Kebab, tender pieces of marinated lamb served with rice. This is a dish that I am familiar with so knew what to expect when it was presented. The lamb was tender and flavoursome and I personally felt that the addition of the yoghurt sauce was unnecessary. I will note that my friend also had the lamb and reported that it was a little chewy (and therefore required the sauce), however I think that this was due to my friend not eating it as soon as it came to the table (on account of them talking so much!). All pieces that I had were tender and flavoursome.

Chicken Adana Kebab - $17.95
Our second main was the Chicken Adana Kebab. This is not a dish that I have previously had, so was interested in what would be presented. At first glance, the chicken was minced and shaped like a chevapchichi. Again, served with rice and yoghurt sauce, this was another tender dish which was well spiced with cumin, coriander and garlic.

One thing to note that for both of our main courses is that they were quite large so make sure you have a healthy appetite when visiting!

Chocolate Mousse
Finally on the menu was the Chocolate Mousse. We were looking for a traditional dessert to taste however upon enquiring with the staff, they noted that the mousse was definitely a popular choice. The mousse was rich and smooth, just as we like it. Definitely something for those with a sweet tooth!

If you are in the mood for some Turkish food and are willing to make the trek into Astoria, consider Cafe Istanbul for your next outing. With its large open space, and kids menu, it's definitely somewhere you can take your family.

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