Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for the way its rich ingredients inspire innovative food-fighting techniques. Skillfully execute the Kebab Eye Jab or the Hummus Humdinger with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Turkish cuisine at Troya in San Francisco.
Inspired by the legendary city of Troy, which lay in modern-day Turkey, Troya serves authentic Turkish cuisine fashioned from local and organic ingredients. Share an assortment of mezes (small plates) for a dining experience more rich and varied than a sack of doubloons. Grilled halloumi cheese ($6.95), borek (baked filo stuffed with organic Bloomsdale spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and feta, $6.50) and a platter of Mediterranean spreads including hummus, haydari (homemade yogurt), and muhamara (red-pepper dip) with warm pita bread ($14) create a regal repast fit for the court of the Sacramento Kings. Joust hunger with tender kebabs of grilled ahi tuna, Fulton Valley natural chicken, or paprika-seasoned kofte ($6 each). For more hearty sustenance, plow through a heaping entree of manti, hand-rolled Turkish-style ravioli filled with braised lamb and dressed in paprika-yogurt sauce ($12.75). Pair your meal with a selection from the list of 30 or so international wines, including a bottle of Kavaklidere Yakut, a Turkish red bursting with fruit and spice aromas ($33).
As stuffed as a plump dolma, sip Turkish black tea ($2) and relax amid warm, salmon-hued walls. Savor the sights of Ottoman-inspired arts and crafts, including paintings, carvings, and urns filled with wish-granting Teddy Roosevelts. Call to make a reservation.
Valid for dine-in, dinner only. Reservation required.
- With unobtrusive and pleasant service and an approachable but well-conceived menu, this neighborhood spot has added a level of refinement that makes it a fun weeknight date spot or place to gather with friends. [Chef] Gannaway has found a formula that seems to be working at Troya. – Amanda Gold, San Francisco Chronicle
- Turkish and Mediterranean dishes ranging from mezes (small plates) to wraps and larger entrées are featured at this upscale Richmond District café. – Gayot
For many people, the ancient city of Troy is probably best remembered as a place that was embattled in war, both historically and fictionally. If it still existed today, Troy would be found in present-day Turkey, smack dab in the middle of an area famous for its rich cross-section of Mediterranean cultures and foods. It's this modern association with the region that serves as the inspiration for Troya, a restaurant with food that finds its footing in Turkish cuisine, but also culls flavors from a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary styles.
Much of Troya's menus are devoted to meze, small plates that patrons can enjoy as appetizers or combine to form larger meals. Made from local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible, the mezes range from black beluga lentil salad with organic greens to a heartier Turkish flatbread layered with ground lamb and beef. The popular dolma are filled with shredded lamb that, like many of Troya's meats according to Gayot, is marinated for 10 hours or more in the Turkish tradition. In addition to small plates, there is also a selection of kebab dishes and entrees such as manti, hand-rolled Turkish ravioli in a paprika-yogurt tahini sauce.