New Kapadokia - Redwood City
Friday, May 7, 2010 7:12:10 AM
The restaurant itself is located at the corner of that building, so it got quite a long room and surrounded with lots of glass windows. The ambient is bright and clean, with some middle eastern deco here and there give it the theme, otherwise, it got a cafe restaurant feel to me. A table vest with fresh flower always added a nice touch to me.
The moment you sit down, the very friendly waitress came asking your choice of beverages and handed you a basket of home-made bread. I love that home-made bread, it was soft and got a great texture. It also came with a little dish of herb butter, it was light and great as a starter. I always need to control myself not to eat too much bread before my meal.
In New Kapadokia, the waitress will come to you with a big tray of appetizers to help you pick your appetizers and also show you what's on their menu that day. It only lunch time and we don't want to end up in a food coma this afternoon, so we end up only pick one Barbunya for us. Barbunya is a dish of fresh kidney beans, cooked in olive oil with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, and parsley. I really like it. But it is a little sweet for Lorenzo's taste. I ended up eating one more piece of bread with it, bad girl...
This is our first time here, and we are also not too familiar to middle eastern food either. Good thing their menu come with a brief discretion on every of their dishes. All platers here come with a side dish of salad or soup, so I ordered the Sebzeli Güveç - plater of lamb cubes, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, and pepper paste, baked in casserole and served with rice; and Lorenzo ordered the Döner - Thin slices of beef (slowly-cooked Turkish gyro), served with rice. The salad was really good and refreshing. The soup is called Lentil and it made with red lentils, red pepper paste, tomato paste, mint, black pepper, cumin, garlic, and corn oil. It was really mild and smooth, won't say it's my kind of soup, but it's not bad.
The main dish came fairly quick, I think the stuffs we order can be made before hand. I like the overall flavor of my dish, but the lamb is over cook and hard, all the vegi are cooked to very mussy, so the combination of texture just not well balance. The eggplant were like soaked in dish of oil, it's bit hard to me to make more than couple bites. Not saying it is bad , it definitely not the dish for me. Lorenzo didn't like his plate either, the beef is also over-cooked and very dry and hard. The rice pilaf is really flavorful and soft, then again, a bad combination of texture make it a unbalance dish.
I think the main attraction of this place is how they serve you the tea. You have to order their tea, then their waitress will come with a tray and put your tea on it, and spin it!! Not a drop of water spilled. If you fancy a little show for your meal, don't forget to order their tea.
Overall, we gave this place a 3 out of 5. Here's Yelp review for New Kapadokia.