Northeast Philly’s unglamorous Bustleton Avenue strip has been racking up the interesting ethnic restaurants lately. As Russians, Filipinos, Vietnamese and Mexicans move to Northeast Philly, they’ve been bringing their cuisines with them. It’s no exceptions for the Turks either — a new Turkish joint just opened on Bustleton. Called “Fish & Grill”, here’s the word from the Inky’s Rick Nichols:
“The grilled whole fish (we had a sweet, white-fleshed Mediterranean branzino, and royal dorado, moist and full-flavored, but bonier) are served with “fresh color way greens” - his way of saying a palette of baby arugula and shredded carrot. The tender grilled, marinated baby lamb chops, and perhaps the most luscious rendition of kofte - the herbed Turkish-style grilled beef and lamb patties - that I can remember encountering, are served with a vivid, vitamin-rich arugula-yogurt sauce.”
The restaurant should be popular with Philly’s Russian community as well - owner Riza Canca cut his teeth at the Brooklyn seafood restaurant Liman, which was popular with Russians looking for a taste of their old vacation food.
Mediterranean fare and a family’s care [Inquirer]