$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale, Traditional Turkish Cuisine at Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant in Cambridge

Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant

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Dflynn ·
October 27, 2011
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...


Rebecca R. ·
October 27, 2011
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.


Ajchara S. ·
October 26, 2011
We really enjoyed the food.

What You'll Get

Inspired while dining at a Turkish restaurant, Rod Stewart famously belted out, "Thyme is on your side with yogurt sauce." Sample croon-worthy fare with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale, traditional Turkish cuisine at Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant in Cambridge.

Helmed by executive chef and vice president of the Istanbul Professional Cooks Association Yahya Erdogan, Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant serves a time-honored menu of Turkish and Mediterranean delights within its softly lit space. Embark on an international taste-bud tour with poached beef manti dumplings paired with garlic yogurt sauce and mint ($12) and fresh hummus ($7). Lamb plays center stage in myriad dishes, such as the Bosphorus bake, a lamb shank cooked in tomato sauce then baked in phyllo dough ($22). The levrek bogaziki rolls baked striped bass into a valley of shrimp, mushrooms, and potatoes ($22), and vegetarians can throw their mouths surprise parties by ordering the yogurtlu ispanak, a mélange of sauteed spinach, rice, onions and tomatoes, served with garlicky yogurt sauce ($17).

Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant’s cozy seats nestle guests within its orangey-red hued interior, with soaring ceilings and large, half-spherical lamps judiciously presiding over dinner proceedings. Following dinner, a strong cup of Turkish coffee can tune mouths with pitch-perfect desserts such as pistachio-stuffed baklava ($7) and Noah's dessert, a parade of dry fruit and nuts traipsing through a pudding of chickpeas, beans, and cereal grains ($8).

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Not valid for prix fixe menu. Must use in 1 visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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