Supper With the Sultan

A La Turca

It's the perfect complement to A La Turca's wide array of unapologetically sweet pastries. Many of them are flaky, buttery, honey-drenched variations on baklava, but far more luscious than the dried-out pretenders you find around town. One example is vezir parmagi, four slender fingers of crunchy phyllo saturated with honey and sprinkled with pistachios. Another is bulbul yuvasi, in which the establishment's cloudlike phyllo forms the shape of a snail around the walnut-rich filling, which is so intermingled with the pastry that it's difficult to discern one from the other. Kunefe is a pocket of dough stuffed with melted sweet cheese that gets rubbery as it cools, but it's a satisfying collection of tastes and textures just the same. Best of all is kadayif, a hillock of delicate phyllo filled with crushed pistachios and clarified butter and set on a bed of lemon-scented honey syrup. A more refreshing dessert alternative is sutlac, a homespun, simple, barely sweetened rice pudding with a delicate flavor.

Ottoman Odyssey: A La Turca serves the city's most 
authentic Turkish food out of an unimpressive yet 
pristine Tenderloin setting.
Anthony Pidgeon
Ottoman Odyssey: A La Turca serves the city's most authentic Turkish food out of an unimpressive yet pristine Tenderloin setting.

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A La Turca

869 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Category: Restaurant > Turkish

Region: Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

Details

Stuffed grape leaves $4.25

Sigara borek $3.75

Black Sea pies $3.75 each

Lamb shish kebap $8.75

Kofte $6.25

Kadayif $2.50

Turkish coffee $1

345-1011

Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Reservations accepted

Wheelchair accessible

Parking: difficult

Muni: 19, 38

Noise level: moderate

869 Geary (at Larkin)

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After dinner or a nosh, it's a convenient pleasure to go next door to the Ha Ra saloon and sip some Wild Turkey, look at the boxing photos on the wall, and listen to one of the city's great little-known jukeboxes. Or you might want to head half a block west to Edinburgh Castle for a snifter of single malt, a game of stick, and the occasional tortured poetry reading. This is one neighborhood with definite possibilities, most of them unsung and exotic.

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