A few weeks in the past, I wrote about how amazed I was to locate “non-airport-fashion” food at Everett’s Paine Field — in brief, some entrees eating place-pleasant top.
Now, the top of my cap is going to every other surprise — a restaurant in a shopping center that’s properly well worth a go-to.
You can spot Kismet Turkish Cafe & Bakery as you go away Macy’s to enter the mall at Alderwood. Just appearance up, stroll instantly beforehand, and be looking for the cheery red seats.
The subsequent aspect you might see is the cheery face of Janette Burk, who makes humans sense proper at domestic with cuisine you could now not be familiar with.
Turkish food is somewhat similar to Greek delicacies, however, with its own twists. So she’s ready to make tips, based totally on your starvation and possibilities.
“Would you want to try the muhammara?” she requested as I studied the menu. She gave me a pattern of the dish, which has the consistency — however, no longer the flavor — of hummus.
Intrigued, I speedy agreed to the plate ($7. Sixty-nine) of highly spiced pepper dip, which also consists of pita bread, cucumber, olives, and tomatoes.
I actually desired to attempt the Turkish coffee; a focused brew served in small cups. But it changed into a warm day, I have been crawling in heavy site visitors, and I wanted something cool. So I opted for mineral water with only a splash of flavoring.
I turned into thrilled with the muhammara, made from roasted pink peppers with walnuts, pomegranates, onions, and cayenne pepper. If you are very careful about spiciness — someone who asks for a “0” on the 1-five scale while you go to a restaurant that serves highly spiced food — understand that it has a kick.
The serving sizes are moderate. If you’re looking for a full meal, you could need to feature other offerings or opt for dessert. But if the serving sizes are moderate, the fees are extremely reasonable.
One of the cafe’s specialties is the omelet alaturka, with eggs, roasted vegetables, spices, and provolone cheese ($7. Sixty-nine). It’s an item traditionally served all day in Turkey.
For the meat-eaters amongst us, there is kofta kabab ($nine. Ninety-five), four pork meatballs, roasted peppers and tomatoes with pita, and a comparable dish with 5 red meat meatballs, dressed with yogurt and hot pepper sauce for $12.Fifty-three.
I offered a spinach and feta borek to eat at home later. It’s incredibly similar to spanakopita. However, it is rolled into an extended piece of filo-like dough regarding the traditional square layers of spanakopita. It’s a bargain at $four.Seventy-five.
I’m not someone who feels that a meal without dessert isn’t a meal in any respect. But you owe it to yourself to attempt at the least one of the cafe’s offerings.
I attempted the pistachio baklava ($2. Seventy-one), a bite-sized piece of goodness, sweet but without the overwhelming “hunk of honey” sweetness you now and again get with baklava.
Do take a look at out the case full of Turkish delights, goodies in a spread of combinations, such as pistachios and pomegranates, kiwis and pistachios, orange and hazelnuts, and blueberries, pomegranates, and pistachios.
Sample one for $1.Eighty, three for $four.50, 5 for $7.20, or a 12-piece field for $16.20. Some clients looked at all the choices and stated: “Just provide me some matters that are popular.”
My recommendation: You can’t cross incorrect. Just be adventurous and give any of them a try.
The cafe is fairly new, having opened in March. It remains to expand its menu, and you’ll see a few gadgets listed with an observation that they will be brought soon.
Burk, who grew up in Kansas, has lived in Spain, Mexico City, and Turkey. In truth, the cafe has been a joint project along with her husband, T. Abraham Burk, who’s from Turkey.
“We’re slowly including matters,” Janette Burk said, adding that she hopes to serve a spread of salads soon.
“People are in reality excited they have an alternative here,” she stated.
It’s an area to revels in a fave cooking way of life or attempts it for the primary time. Add it to your list. You, too, will in all likelihood be amazed at this “non-mall-meals” choice.
Kismet Turkish Cafe and & Bakery, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood, is adjacent to the indoor mall entrance to Macy’s, open 9 a.M. To 9 p.M. Monday thru Saturday, and 10 a.M. To 7 p.M. Sunday. Call 424-245-9710 or visit kismetcafebakery.Com for extra records.