Five out of six doctors agree that consuming authentic Turkish food will allow you to dream of winning lottery numbers. For $15, today’s Groupon gets you $30 worth of Turkish fare and drink at Cazbar, located in the eye of the Historic Charles Street District.
Chef and owner Haluk Kantar's extensive menu features a bevy of lunch and dinner options. Baba Ghanoush is not just a supporting character from Family Ties, it’s also a tasty appetizer of eggplant puree, olive oil and tahini ($6). For the main course, indulge in the lamb kulbasti, grilled lamb seasoned with oregano and garlic ($22), the coban salad, a mixture of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice ($10 for a large), or the mixed grill, which takes the pressure out of decision making, offering lamb, kofte, beef, and chicken kebaps served with rice and a salad ($25). The Chef's Choice menu fills any sized stomach with the Cazbar sultans platter for two, which includes a three-course tasting menu of mixed meze plate, lamb platter, adana, beef, chicken, kofte, salmon, shrimp, rice, salad and rice pudding ($59.99). Kazandibi ($4), or caramelized milk pudding, is a sweet ending to a Turkish feast.
With belly-dancing shows on Friday and Saturday at the Cazbar's iLounge (Groupon not valid in lounge) and a friendly and attentive staff, the restaurant has the power to impress a date, a Turk, or a Turkish date. Although the offer is not valid inside the bar and lounge, alcoholic drinks such as the Turkish coffee-tini ($9) or a glass of the house red ($8) can be ordered with meals. Five out of six customers agree that they enjoy ordering even if they mispronounce words such as moussaka, soujuk, and peripatetic.
- Kebap is the main thing at this newish Turkish restaurant, but the menu holds all sorts of unusual delights if you dig deeper. The smart setting will encourage making the effort, as will the excellent lunch buffet. There's also belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, if that's your thing. – City Paper
- Their rice is buttery soft and delicious…and their meats are all grilled juicy to perfection. I love how they grill veggies with the meats, and they give you a generous amount to fill you up!!! – Jenny H., Yelp
Cazbar’s chef distills the culinary traditions of Turkey's Bolu region into the kebabs, grilled meats, and salads that fill his eclectic menu. House specialties such as the char-grilled lamb shish kebab and baked okra entertain taste buds with a symphony of flavors and a break dance of textures. Other dishes bring veggies into a starring role, such as the stuffed eggplant, which the Baltimore Sun called "a lesson in delicate flavor." The complexity and care common to the kitchen's savory dishes carries over into the desserts; 50 layers of phyllo dough enclose blankets of toasted pistachios and lemon syrup in each serving of baklava.
With belly-dancing shows throughout the restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights, Cazbar has the power to impress a date or a cardboard cutout of yourself. The restaurant's Middle Eastern decor delights eyes with vibrant walls, patterned canvases, and hanging lanterns.