Tempe >Food & Dining > Cafe Istanbul & Market
1310 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ | Directions 8528133.414885 -111.916967
Monday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: University Heights
Slightly above-average buffet – Finally stopped in for a bite to eat after a coworker raved about the hummus with lamb and lamb entree. I did not have a chance to try either of those dishes as I decided to try the lunch buffet on my first visit. What the hummus lacked in flavor, it made up in its texture. The babaganoush/babaganouj was good, and so were the dolmades/dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves). The lamb stew was very tasty, but I must warn you that it was very fatty-be prepared to do a lot of trimming, if you are so inclined (as I am!). I almost did not try the brisket since it looked dry and burnt; I'm glad to say it was quite good. I would have to say that my favorite dish in the buffet was something I could not find in their regular menu, but have deduced to be chole (googling dishes containing the following roasted veggies: eggplant, onions, tomatoes, and stewed chickpeas).
Next review will be on the lamb entree!
Editorial Review – Affordable cafe and adjoining market offer Middle Eastern favorites like falafel and shawarma, as well as groceries for home cooking.
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