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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ayhan's

Ayhan's Shish-Kebab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We hadn't been here in awhile, but with the recent demise of Ayhan's Westbury location, it was time to return to Baldwin. 

Overall it was a pleasant dining experience, the food was what we expected, and we left full and happy. 

Soft Turkish bread with yogurt sauce always delights. We really like the saganaki fondue -- melted mozzarella and bits of tomato served with pita bread.  Greek salad -- chopped vegetables and feta in a tangy vinaigrette -- was excellent. The five kebab feast -- served with rice pilaf and vegetables -- was well prepared. 

I was disappointed with the moussaka -- layers of eggplant, potatoes and ground meat topped by a béchamel sauce.  It lacked the characteristic taste of nutmeg and cinnamon.  

Now for the not-so-good moments.

I was expecting to be served bread, then the saganaki, then the salads, and then the entrees.  Our salads arrived first, and then our waitress asked us if we wanted the bread.  We were still eating our salads when the saganaki arrived.

And I know my wine glass was clean because it was still wet.  As in, drops of water all over the outside of the glass.  As in, the bartender didn't take the time to dry off the glass before he poured the wine.  That should never happen, even in the busiest of restaurants.  In a restaurant that was only  moderately busy ...

As I said, though, it was a good experience overall, and of course we will be back.

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