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Member Reviews (4)
- Baklava RestaurantAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 06, 2013
Turkish cuisine in downtown Palo Alto, on University, caters to a diverse crowd who enjoys a beautiful ambiance and good food.
FOOD: good, decent, not spectacular, but tasty nevertheless - the appetizer of variable hummus and toppings was top notch. The kebobs were plentiful and tasty, but lacked the spices that define Mediterranean cuisine.
AMBIANCE: top-notch, as the walls are painted with scenes of Turkey. Low-level lighting makes the place look even more upscale.
SERVICE: excellent; the serving staff was super friendly and quick, catering to multiple large parties, including our party of 20 people.
PRICE: average - not too expensive and not too light on the wallet; fits the downtown Palo Alto price range
VARIETY: lots of choices from mainstream Turkish fare, from lamb kebabs to chicken cubes, and the awesome Swordfish Kebab special.
Come give this place a try. It's warm and welcoming atmosphere makes this place somewhere I would go to again with friends.
- Baklava RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2First to ReviewNov 06, 2013
I have been disappointed by many highly rated restaurant in Palo Alto and I figured the yelp ratings for this area are often slightly inflated by at least half a star. That is not the case for Baklava. The quality of the food here, while still not quite a solid 4 stars on my book, did not disappoint.
I have a theory. You can tell how good a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Greek restaurant is simply by the quality of their pita bread and dip. The pita here is thick and puffy. That is a good sign for some healthy pita. The bread was indeed quite fresh. The sun dried tomato dip is tasty and addicting. I liked it so much that I packed the all the leftover pita and dip to go.
The appetizer and entrees were as good as the pita. Meat Borek has a light and flaky pastry shell and the filling was tasty. They were nicely fried and not oily at all. Mediterranean Burger was refreshing. The ground lamb used as the patties was delicious. The bun could be better though. I wouldn't even mind if they use the nice pita bread instead of the regular mediocre burger buns. Iskender (Alexander) was very gratifying. The thin slices of lamb and beef were tender. I find the sauce is a little too sweet. Perhaps too much tomato and not enough yogurt. The nice pita bread at the bottom got a little too soggy because of the sauce. I would much rather have them served on the side.
Was too stuffed for lunch to order their dessert. I wouldn't mind coming back here again to try the Baklava this restaurant is name after.
Service was friendly and the ambiance was comfy. They have a few tables outdoors that is perfect for those who enjoy sunshine or moonlights.Recommended for:Family Travelers