When this examiner treats herself to new restaurant experience there a few reasonable expectations, high quality of cuisine (ideally items that one could not prepare at home), welcoming and relaxing atmosphere and gracious hospitality.
Istanbul Kebab House Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine, 10 Kellogg Road, Cornerstone Commons, Essex Junction, was at the top of the wish list to visit when reviewing establishments for Vermont Restaurant Week this spring.
Unfortunately, on my first visit last Friday, some areas were a disappointment.
Vural Oktay, owner and front of the house, didn't smile or ask how this examiner's meal was till he presented the bill.
He seemed put off that I used my Jumponit Deal and only ordered appetizers.
For dessert, Kunefe sounded amazing and looked like a triple threat of coconut macaroon with a creamy center and sticky topping.
However, the Turkish sweet cheese baked between shredded wheat and served with hot syrup, my first choice, was not available.
Both my neighbor and friend visited the kebab house praising the authentic menu, but considered it pricey.
What this examiner has in common with these women is a joy of preparing dinners from this part of the world, whether in daily life or on special occasions.
Please see the attached list of photos and more details of my lunch outing.
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