24 Aug

My first impressions walking into Ezme, the new Turkish restaurant and wine bar in Dupont circle are that I love the space… and that I wish it was Fall. While I love restaurants of all shapes, sizes and cuisines my favorite spaces are cozy, European style restaurants. Small spaces with little tables and low lighting. They seem to draw you into your meal and those you share it with. Ezme on the main floor of a Dupont townhouse fits this bill perfectly with its exposed brick walls lined with wine bottles, Turkish art and closely clustered seating. It is like the restaurant equivalent of a hug, (which is why I think it will be perfect in the Fall when the blistering heat of DC in August has faded and cozy will be so much more inviting).


To start we ordered the summer red wine flight with wines hailing from: California, France and Australia (where is Turkey?), and two appetizers: the mucver and sigara boregi. The former being little zucchini pancakes in tomato and yogurt sauces. I found the pancakes themselves to be rather bland and tasteless. The sauces however turned out to be a great accompaniment for the sigara, cigar shaped crispy pastry filled with warm feta, parsley and dill which were delicious (though how could flaky pastry filled with melted cheese ever really be a bad thing).

Next up the karsik kebab, a combination platter featuring: shish kebab, chicken kebab, meatballs, chicken meatballs, rack of lamb and doner kebab. The highlights in this plethora of meat were undoubtedly the lamb and beef meatballs, grilled and so juicy I would have been more than happy with a big plate of just them, and then the rack of lamb which was perfectly cooked and served with a lovely port wine sauce. The doner kebab served over white rice however was a disappointing study on dry meets dry and the mashed potatoes served with the lamb were so thin they tasted like the instant variety. There were however certainly more hits than misses, and when this relatively new spot works out a few kinks I think it will be a great go-to spot for date nights or catching up with friends over red wine and kebab.


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