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Bosphorus

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1164 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 1164 Cambridge Street, Cambridge Directions
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Report | 7 years ago
I really love this place and will definitely go back the next time they offer Groupons. It is on Cambridge Street where there are many restaurants, but this place is anything but ordinary. Decor makes one feel like one has been transported to "The Land of Arabian Nights." The food is fabulous and beautifully presented. I would say it's pricey, but the Groupon makes it reasonable. (For example, there is an appetizer that involves roasted eggplant stuffed with a mixture of goat cheese and feta and roasted tomatoes, beautifully seasoned, that like most of their dishes is offered as both "large" and "small" plates. On both occasions when the "small" version was requested, was told only "large" was available and both times the (1/2) eggplant was anything but large, about 6" long at best, so what they serve as "large" would really be considered "small." That said, it was absolutely delicious, but if I had paid the full $17 for "large" rather than the Groupon price, I would not have been happy.) On the other hand, the tagine with couscous and a perfectly cooked (I asked for medium rare) lamb chop and merguez sausage was a great value for the small version, which was about $8. They serve a mixed-color beet and goat cheese salad that is lovely and tasty. The "artisinal baklava" was terribly tiny and terribly overpriced, but another dessert involving something resembling shredded wheat and ricotta and honey was deightful. They make their own sangrias, in apricot and pear versions. We asked the bartender what was the difference and he acted like it was not a very smart question and answered that one is apricot and more sweet and the other is pear and more tart. Wish I could remember his name because when my friend put down two $20 bills for the sangria which was $22, his eyes lit up and then later when she asked to settle the bill, he brought her back only about $7 in change. When she pointed out she had given $40, he tried to act like it had been a mistake, but we could tell that it had not been a mistake at all. He then brought a few more bills and asked her, "Do you want the other 47 cents, too?" as though he thought she had been greedy to ask for the proper change. She did tip him well, but for him to assume he would get $11 tip on a $22 sangria was ridiculous, as all he did was bring two glasses and a pitcher, after all. Everyone else there was very nice, and as the night goes on, the music and the crowd gets very interesting...
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The food was great. The service really needs improvement. They should hire a dedicated busser and host. They need to get a table bussing station and computer to put in orders towards the front of the restaurant (maybe at the host station) so that the staff doesn't have to walk the length of the restaurant to get someone a refill on water or put in the order. They had lots of people waiting to sit, while at the same time they had people who were trying to pay & leave and dirty tables waiting to get cleaned and prepped for the next guests. The busser and host could help with both of those things. Also, even if they don't put in the station I recommend, they need to train the staff they have to never have empty hands. If they have to walk all the way to the back of the restaurant to get someone's food, they need to carry some dirty dishes on the way. I've heard that poor service is a common experience there. Because the food is great, the space is pretty and the staff was nice, I want the restaurant to succeed. Therefore I hope it takes these comments to heart.
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We really enjoyed the food.
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great atmosphere, great seating, great food, and a nice bar to have a drink at while waiting for your table. I would totally recommend this place.
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Bring back the iskender (spelling?) kebab - it was my favorite dish and was delicious. -Mike
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beautiful restaurant with unique delisious food
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Fabulous food, atmosphere and service!
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Food was tasty. I liked the fact you can order small and large sizes.
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Really interesting different food. Awesome desserts!
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I love the new menu but wish it kept a little more Turkish-ness. I also miss the Esme as a appetizer.
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