Istanbul’lu is a turkish joint in somerville. im so behind on my posts and i have already been here twice before writing up this reviews.
i have mixed feelings about this place. the first time i went, EVERYTHING WAS SO AWESOME. i LOVED this homemade bread with the red peper sauce. the bread was WARM, so yummmmm with the dipping sauce. the 2nd time i went, the bread was still good but COLD which made such a big difference.
imam bayildi – baby eggplant stuffed with sauteed vegetables like green pepper, onion.
beyti kebab – famous traditional turkish village style kebab, ground lamb mixed with bell pepper, garlic, and turkish spices. cooked in the oven and wrapped in lavas bread, topped with special tomato sauce and yogurt. served with coban salad.
i still liked this place a lot despite the little disappointment from the second visit. food is good in general, i would avoid the ground meat if you are not a big fan of salty meat. i really wanted to try patates kofte which is cooked potatoes mixed with garlic feta cheese and spices stuffed with sauteed ground meat, onions, pan cooked and topped with yogurt, but they were out of it BOTH TIMES. umm maybe its a indication of amazingness.
237 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144
Neighborhood: Teele Square