228 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Service at Konak, the reincarnation of Voorhees’s Authentic Turkish Cuisine—while polite and helpful in describing (and pronouncing) the unfamiliar entrées—can be leisurely and haphazard. But a seat in the large, high-ceilinged, spring-sunshine-yellow dining room is a soothing place to wait. And eventually your Turkish-garbed waiter will bring crisp, flaky phyllo pockets of spinach and feta; eggplant stuffed with peppers and pine nuts; and the chef’s special, a hummus and smoky-spicy pastrami plate dotted with bursting grape tomatoes. When entrées like Emperor’s fish (delicate tilapia grilled with olive oil, spinach and pine nuts) and kabobs of every variety—even mussels—emerge from behind the ornate wooden kitchen doors, followed by syrupy desserts and Turkish coffee, you’ll forget about the delay.
Best of Philly 2004 Turkish
At this recent émigré from Voorhees, where it was known as Authentic Turkish Cuisine, chef-owner Melek Basaran makes her ow...
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