Diva #2 and her best friend were meeting up with The Firm and Cuz for dinner. The Firm had mentioned Restaurant Su on a number of occasions so we made reservations and headed out to Verdun. It’s always smart to keep the lawyer happy!
Located on Wellington street, Su is a Turkish restaurant run by chef Fisun Ercan. The décor is very simple; Turkish tiles along the bar, decorative plates on the starred wallpaper and, of course, the evil eye which greets you as you walk in through the curtains.
They have an extensive wine list, heavy on the Turkish labels (naturally), and some interesting cocktails. We ordered La Mer Égée, with vodka, peach schnapps and soda, the Tête à tête with gin, Limoncello and pomegranate juice as well as a Turkish Sangria and a glass of Turkish rosé. All were very good and refreshing.
Our waiter brought us a herbed dipping oil and a basket with three types of bread: brown, sun-dried tomato and chickpea bread, all made in-house. The breads were delicious and the herbed oil was a nice change. Since most of us had never had Turkish food, our waiter took the time to explain the mezes (appetizers) and we opted to get the sample platter for 4 people and share (they also have an option for 2 people).
The platter came with 5 different mezes, one better than the next. The zucchini fritters are hard to go wrong with, after all, they are deep fried but they were still light and airy on the inside. The artichoke bottoms were topped with carrots, fava beans and dill with olive oil. They were very light tasting though they didn’t stand out. The red lentil and bulgur patties were filling and soft and the herb salsa brightened it up.
Our two favourites were the calamari and the yogurt. The calamari were deep fried in corn meal which gave it a nice crunchy outside but you could still taste the calamari since it wasn’t thickly coated and it had a good, addictive salty taste. It was served with a tartar sauce and lemon wedge. The yogurt was mixed with herbs, garlic, spinach and olive oil and simply put, it was amazing! It was thick, rich and smooth, almost like a soft cheese and definitely worth ordering as a side with whatever you’re eating and paired perfectly with the homemade bread. Diva #2 couldn’t stop dipping her spoon and eating it right off the slate serving platter.
Happy with our mezes, we were looking forward to the mains. Their menu was heavy on the lamb, with 2 dishes on the menu and one special of the night. Cuz opted for the special, the lamb chops, which came with either 3 or 4 chops, depending on the size. The lamb chops were served on a bed of bulgur salad and studded with pomegranate seeds. The chops were cooked perfectly, slightly blushing, and were succulent and tender. The salad was a nice change from the usual side of potatoes. Cuz polished off the plate with a smile on her face.
On the recommendation of the Firm, both she and Diva #2’s best friend had the Manti. The Firm had this dish when she vacationed in Turkey and was pleased with the Montreal version. She found the yogurt-tomato sauce to be fabulous but the beef was a bit on the greasy side for her liking. The pasta itself was cooked well and the cool yogurt complimented the warm sauce well.
Diva #2 couldn’t resist ordering the rabbit as her main, even though she had one as a pet when she was little (though everyone in her family knew Spot wasn’t a pet but an eventual meal). Nonetheless, the rabbit leg, though a little small, was moist and the spice combination was different from what Diva #2 had had before. The basmati rice was dotted with pumpkin seeds and the sour cherries scattered on the plate seemed to really pull everything together.
While waiting for our dessert, Cuz said something that set off a light bulb for Diva #2. She said “brunch is my favourite meal” and immediately, our Sensei came to mind. So a few texts later, phone numbers were exchanged for a blind date. And the Divas may even tag along just to make sure our Sensei is given the love he deserves!
Our desserts arrived and looked delicious. The baklava, which were not on the menu but were made that day in-house, weren’t overly sweet or soggy from sitting in syrup but rather were light and crispy and paired well with a cup of Turkish tea.
We also had the Kunefe which looked almost too good to eat (almost!). The strands formed a crunchy nest with a soft cheese inside and the pomegranate seeds added another crunch and a bit of tang. And you can’t dine at a Turkish restaurant without Turkish delights! Five squares presented in a small ornate dish were a great way to end our meal.
Whether you’ve exhausted the popular downtown and Old Port spots or you just want to have a good meal, try Su. It may be out of the way for most but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what this place has to offer. The chef has also recently opened another restaurant on Laurier called Bar Bounya which the Divas will be sure to check out.
Our Rating: Splendid
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