Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Divan Turkish Grill

It was 11PM on a weekend night and there was nothing in the fridge - so naturally, we hopped on  GrubHub and ordered from Divan Turkish Grill, a South Philly BYO that delivers - literally. Despite ordering half an hour before their midnight closing time, they were able to get it delivered by midnight, which was amazing.

Falafel ($5.99)
Chickpeas, celery, carrots, Turkish spices, hummus

Of course, we had to get the falafel. The Turkish spices imparted savory flavors. The texture was there - nicely crisp outside, while maintaining moistness within. The hummus could have used a bit more pop with lemon though.

 Doner and Chicken Combo ($14)
Ground lamb, chicken, grilled vegetables, rice, tartar sauce, pita

While not as good as the doner at Avli in New York, these grilled meats were pretty darn good. The lamb was fragrant, sweet, and tender. The chicken was moist and juicy, marinated with a bit of heat. The grilled peppers had a great char and were not incredibly hot. The long grain rice was well-seasoned and subtly sweet.

The pita was still hot and seemed homemade. Perfect to house some of the tahini-based 'tartar' sauce with some meat and veggies - it made for a great bite.

Sac Kavurma ($14.99)
Fried diced beef, grilled vegetables, rice, tartar sauce, pita

We also ordered the sac kavurma, which offered fried diced beef, supposedly cooked on a cast-iron skillet. The beef has a bit of heat to it, but could have used a bit more seasoning and frankly, I expected more char from being on a skillet. The mix of veggies and onions were nice and was certainly a great filling for that homemade pita.

The beef also came with the Turkish rice, which I believe is cooked in butter, with some grains being toasted to impart the color change.

Overall, Divan Turkish Grill is a great option for BYO or late night delivery. I'd have to say that in Philly, Bitar's is definitely my favorite for Middle Eastern cuisine thus far, but Divan Turkish Grill provides a satisfying bite as well. 

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