Foobooz reads the reviews so you don’t have to, Kirsten Henri pre-chewed for easy digestion.
When you start your menu with the boast “Turkish food is not one of the best foods in the world. It is the best food in the World” you’ve really painted yourself into the corner. And even if Divan Turkish Kitchen doesn’t quite live up to the boast, it winds up “perfectly fine.”
Sitting at 918 S 22nd Street, near Carpenter, Divan is a welcome addition to the G-Ho dining scene.
The best of the appetizers is the haydari, a yougut that acts more like a thick sour cream cranked up with garlic and dill, served on the Turkish equivalent of focaccia. Turkish “cigars” sound promising, sheets of Turkish pastry dough stuffed with feta and parsley, rolled into tight cylinders and deep fried rate “a fine” but would be better with more filling and less dough.
For the main course, kuzu sas, chargrilled chunks of lamb seasoned with pepper and Turkish spices “comes out surprisingly tender and richly flavored. Also worth a try is the hunkar begendi, “fall-apart lamb” served with tomato sauce and smoky eggplant puree.
Try the baklava squares for dessert and you’ll have wrapped up a good meal in still changing G-Ho.