$25 for hookah, tea, appetizers, and dessert for up to four (a $57 total value)
- One pineapple-head hookah (a $30 value)
- One dessert to share (a $5 value)
- One mixed meze platter with the chef’s choice of four cold appetizers (a $14 value)
- One cup of tea per person (a $2 value each)<p>
Baklava is a no-brainer dessert choice at Bosphorus Bistro, though its origins aren’t as clear. Read on for a slice of background on the sweet treat.
Baklava: Layers of Flavor
What is baklava and where did it come from? The first question is far easier to answer than the second. Though many people associate the sticky, layered nut-and-phyllo-dough dessert with Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine, historians have yet to agree about where baklava originated. Some point to Mesopotamia, while others show evidence it originated in the Byzantine or Ottoman Empires. But one thing is clear in terms of its origins: no matter which culture first put its dozens of flaky layers together, it was admired enough to rapidly spread across the world, even appearing in a Chinese recipe by the 14th century.
Baklava is now a part of many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, with each culture—and possibly each cook within that culture—boasting its own variation. To wit: one Greek version is made with olive oil instead of butter, to be eaten during Lent; some bakers prefer walnuts, while others prefer pistachios or almonds; and the spices can range from cinnamon or nutmeg to orange blossom water and lemon. Baklava can also be cut in a variety of ways, from square and rhombus-shaped bars to rolls, spheres, and tiny little crumbs that you can pretend are granola.
Bosphorus Mediterranean Bistro
The flavors of the Middle East inspire the kebabs, wraps, and hummus bowls that emerge from the kitchen at Bosphorus Mediterranean Bistro. But flavor is only one part of the appeal—there's also the crispy texture of the falafel, the garlicky aroma of the tzatziki sauce, and the sheer fun of eating meat off a metal stick. If the food isn't enough to whisk you away to the Mediterranean, the rustic wooden tables and post-meal hookah sessions should do the trick.