Friday, April 13, 2007

Konak Turkish Restaurant

I'd been wanting to try Konak for a while, and then I saw another food blogger's review earlier this month. I hadn't experienced a Turkish restaurant before, but understood it to be Mediterranean/North African, both cuisines my roommate and I love. She was the perfect companion on this adventure.
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Located close to 2nd and Vine, Konak is easy to find, and even provides free parking to restaurant customers.
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I had a cocktail called a Seabreeze which I enjoyed a lot. Cranberry and Grapefruit juice are mixed with raspberry vodka. Yummy.
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Alison is a hummus connoisseur, she loves the stuff. On any given day there is a 99.9% chance of a tub of hummus residing in our fridge. I really only like the hummus we make at home, but I liked this hummus a lot. Unfortunately, we both agreed, no hummus has yet to compare to Dimitri's down on 3rd and Catherine. Konak's hummus is smooth and garlicky, but was a bit heavy on the tahini.
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We also started with the Sigara Borek, which I'd seen featured at Farofa and French Fries, a deep fried Fillo dough tube filled with parsley and Turkish feta cheese. In comparison to Greek feta, Turkish feta is smoother, creamier and a little less salty. We both loved this dish. Seriously, I could have eaten two whole orders by myself.
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I'd also read good things about the lamb chops, so I urged Alison to order them. They came with an odd looking potato, carved to resemble a pear. Other than the funny shape, there was nothing spectacular about the potato. The chops were cooked perfectly and tasted very good.
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I opted for a mixed grill of chicken kebab, lamb kebab with cherry tomatoes, gyro on pita, and rice. The chicken and lamb kebab were very good, moist, and not over cooked. The gyro was very dry and rather chewy. Quite possibly some of the worst I've had, and absolutely no competition to Katie's. The rice was also flavorful, and cumulatively, I enjoyed my dinner.

For the menu prices, I wouldn't expect to see leather coats and jewelry for sale in the bar, but hey, whatever.

I might venture back here for the hummus, or to have a drink in their attractive bar, but probably not for dinner.

Konak Authentic Turkish Restaurant
228 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Lunch Hours:
Tuesday–Wednesday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday-Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dinner Hours:
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday:4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sunday (Brunch): 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday: 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday Closed


  1. Z said...
    Hey E- this is the first time I am reading your blog and much of it is quite entertaining...however I have to ask you, where did you ever hear that Konak was in Northern Liberties? Konak has always clearly stated that they are in Old City- I am curious to know where you got that piece of misinformation. Also I strongly recommend that you give them a second chance. Tuesday nights is the $2 dollar event where you can sample the entire menu- each plate is $2- and are still nice sized portions- for $10 you can be STUFFED. I also recommend trying the doner again-that you referred to as gyro- its Turkish not Greek so it is different than gyro but is usually quite good. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Anonymous said...
    hi! next time you get turkish food get yogurt kabob - it's sooo good- pide bread layered with tomato sauce, doner kabob and a garlic yogurt sauce on top. beats regular old kabob and definitely not dry. plus it's more traditionally turkish than regular kabob which you can get anywhere.
    Anonymous said...
    I tried Konak twice, hoping that I would love it. I was born and raised in Turkey and know the food. I was disappointed both times. On the other hand Divan comes close to the food I ate in Istanbul. If you go to Divan you need to try the Iskender. Gyro is Greek in Turkey we call it doner.

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