This evening, Grace and I were finally able to make it over to Bosphorus in Inman Square. She had had a Groupon for a while and we were just waiting for the right opportunity to go. Tonight was the night.
Bosphorus is a Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant named after the Strait that divides Europe-Turkey from Asia-Turkey. I had never had Turkish cuisine so I was very excited to try something new on the ol’ taste buds.
What I loved about their menu was that it was a small menu, so you didn’t spend a whole lot of time looking for what you might want to eat (everything looked good though) and you could also get half portions or full portions. Grace and I decided on the half portions so that we could split them. I started off my meal with a delicious pear sangria. It was very refreshing and not too strong.
For our shared plates, we ordered:
- Artichokes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Toasted Pita Bread & Turkish Black Olives
- Grape-Leaf Dolma with Currant, Rice, Pine Nuts & House-Made Yogurt Sauce
- Pastirma-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach, Mushroom Ragout & Mascarpone
All of the dishes were so beautifully prepared. The artichokes were soft and buttery and the vegetable mix with it was paired with a delicious sauce. I’m usually not an artichoke fan but I was a fan of how these were prepared. The dolma with rice was definitely my favorite dish. The currant gave it a great sweetness; the pine nuts with the crunch and salty, and the tanginess of the yogurt all blended really well together. The chicken was perfectly breaded and the seasonings were something that I had never tasted before. I loved that; I love discovering new flavors. And the spinach with mascarpone was a bit on the heavier side for me, but still yummy.
And of course, we had to get dessert.
- Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Dried Figs & Apricot
- Artisanal Baklava: Pistachio, Chocolate & Walnut
- Turkish Coffee
The Turkish coffee was so so strong but I imagined it to be that way. After a few sips, I was able to enjoy it. My favorite dessert was definitely the bread pudding (I love bread pudding). It was served cold, with ample amounts of fig on top. The vanilla flavor was more prominent and I couldn’t detect apricot, but it was still an amazing dish. The baklava was flakey and buttery and I ate the (what I believe to be) the pistachio one. Mm hmm. A delicious ending to a wonderful meal.
The ambiance of the restaurant was kind of funky. The booths were set up a bit higher than the tables and they were adorned with what looked to be large mosquito nets. The music was audible but not so loud that you couldn’t hold a conversation. And the bathroom…the bathroom? It was in the hallway. Yep, no main door separation. You walk down the back hallway and boom, there’s the stall door and there’s the sink. A bit awkward but when you gotta go, you gotta go.
If you are in the Inman Square neighborhood and looking for a different restaurant for dinner, I would definitely recommend Bosphorus.
Bosphorus is located at 1164 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA.