A few weeks ago, I wrote approximately how surprised I turned into to find “non-airport-fashion” food at Everett’s Paine Field — in brief, some entrees that were restaurant-great excellent.
Now, the end of my cap is going to every other marvel — a restaurant in a shopping mall that’s properly worth a go to.
You can spot Kismet Turkish Cafe & Bakery as you leave Macy’s to go into the mall at Alderwood. Just appearance up, stroll directly in advance and be on the lookout for the cheery pink seats.
The subsequent issue you might see is the cheery face of Janette Burk, who makes human beings sense right at home with a delicacies you may no longer be familiar with.
Turkish food is fairly similar to Greek cuisine, but with its very own twists. So she’s geared up to make hints, primarily based on your starvation and preferences.
“Would you like to try the muhummara?” she requested as I studied the menu. She gave me a sample of the dish, which has the consistency — however now not the taste — of hummus.
Intrigued, I quick agreed to the plate ($7.69) of highly spiced pepper dip, which also consists of pita bread, cucumber, olives and tomatoes.
I certainly desired to strive the Turkish coffee, a focused brew served in small cups. But it was a warm day, I had been crawling in heavy site visitors and I desired some thing cool. So I opted for mineral water with just a splash of flavoring.
I become delighted with the muhummara, made from roasted red peppers with walnuts, pomegranates, onions and cayenne pepper. If you are very cautious approximately spiciness — someone who asks for a “0” on the 1-5 scale while you visit a eating place that serves highly spiced meals — know that it has a kick.
The serving sizes are mild. If you’re searching out a complete meal, you may need to add different offerings or choose dessert. But if the serving sizes are mild, the charges are extraordinarily reasonable.
One of the cafe’s specialties is the omelette alaturka, with eggs, roasted greens, spices and provolone cheese ($7.Sixty nine). It’s an item historically served all day in Turkey.
For the beef eaters amongst us, there is kofta kabap ($9.95), four beef meatballs, roasted peppers and tomatoes with pita, and a comparable dish with 5 red meat meatballs, dressed with a yogurt and hot pepper sauce for $12.Fifty three.
I offered a spinach and feta borek to consume at home later. It’s somewhat just like spanakopita, but is rolled into an extended piece of filo-like dough instead of the traditional square layers of spanakopita. It’s a bargain at $4.Seventy five.
I’m no longer someone who feels that a meal without dessert isn’t a meal in any respect. But you owe it to yourself to try as a minimum one of the cafe’s offerings.
I tried the pistachio baklava, ($2.Seventy one), a chew-sized piece of goodness, candy but with out the overpowering “hunk of honey” sweetness you on occasion get with baklava.
Do check out the case complete of Turkish delights, chocolates in a ramification of combos, consisting of pistachios and pomegranates, kiwis and pistachios, orange and hazelnuts, and blueberries, pomegranates and pistachios.
Sample one for $1.Eighty, three for $4.50, five for $7.20 or a 12-piece box for $sixteen.20. Some customers checked out all of the choices and said: “Just deliver me a few matters which are popular.”
My recommendation: You can’t move wrong. Just be adventurous and supply any of them a try.
The cafe is fairly new, having opened in March. It remains increasing its menu, and also you’ll see a few gadgets indexed with a note that they may be introduced soon.
Burk, who grew up in Kansas, has lived in Spain, Mexico City and Turkey. In truth, the cafe has been a joint challenge along with her husband, T. Abraham Burk, who is from Turkey.
“We’re slowly including matters,” Janette Burk said, including that she hopes to soon serve a ramification of salads.
“People are really excited they have an alternative right here,” she stated.
It’s a place to either experience once more a fave cooking culture or strive it for the primary time. Add it in your list. You, too, will probably be amazed with this “non-mall-food” choice.