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Troya: "Turkish Mediterranean in Richmond District" Top 5 Page for this destination Troya Mediterranean Kitchen Tip by atufft

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  • Eggplant Salad and Haydari - San Francisco
      Eggplant Salad and Haydari
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  • Meze Platter, Turkish Tea, Beer and Wraps - San Francisco
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  • Dining at Troya - San Francisco
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Clement Street is a pleasant neighborhood in the Richmond District that is rarely visited by tourists, but it's a great place to dine for lunch. The angle parking on Clement means that parking on the street is a real possibility as it was for us. This area is a mixed neighborhood, but there are a large number of Asian restaurants in the area now--Vietnamese, Burmese, and Chinese--as well as little Asian grocery stores and shops stocking many other things. Nearby, Blue Danube is a great little coffee shop with internet access. On this visit though we were intent on dining at Troya, a highly rated restaurant in the single $ category. We arrived at opening time for lunch and weren't bothered by crowds. The plate glass windows peer out onto 5th Avenue and Clement. Inside, the restaurant is well kept in an upscale manner, with a nice wine bar. The waiting staff are helpful to explaining the little plate concept that is so popular these days, and which is quite appropriate for Turkish food. My dad and I ordered a light pilsner of Turkish origin, while my mom ordered Turkish tea. We ordered four small plates and shared them, along with the basket of fresh pita bread. Sigara Boregi were fried cigar shaped filo dough stuffed with feta cheeze. Eggplant Salad was similar to the more familiar Turkish Babagonnoush, but the eggplant isn't pureed, but chopped and mixed with a little red bell pepper, garlic, and herbs, and then cooked in olive oil. I also ordered Haydari, a homemade yogurt mixed with garlic, a little grated carrot, dill, and herbs. Mucver, was a small plate of two fried zucchini cakes made with egg, green onion, dill, and mint. My dad also ordered a variety plate--Meze Platter, which included Dolmas, Kisir (a bulgar wheat, tomato paste and Turkish spice mix), Babagonnoush. These were the appetizers, each at about $5-. We also ordered wraps--lamb or chicken kebab meat with chopped lettuce, tomato, and yogurt, each also about $6-.

Favorite Dish: I was delighted by all the food, but was particularly impressed by the Mucver, Eggplant Salad, and Haydari. This small plate concept is a lot of fun because it allows everyone to try a variety of samples. When we left the restaurant we were very satisfied. This was not a fast food place, but we didn't leave the place feeling overcharged either.

Address: 349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: At the corner of 5th Avenue and Clement Street. Take Geary west into the Richmond District and turn left on 5th Avenue.
Phone: 415-379-6000
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 31, 2007
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