Next, we got the Phyllo Rolls and the Manti. The Phyllo rolls were practically like cheese sticks but better and more... Mediterranean. Phyllo, or filo, is a thin, layered dough that is commonly used for making pastries. Basically, they are made by stacking several thin sheets on top of each other and separating them with a brush of olive oil. After baking, they become fluffy and crisp. These Phyllo Rolls are stuffed with Feta and Parsley. This is what love is built on: Cheese and Dough. You may recognize its not-so-distant cousin... Pizza. And, we all know that Pizza was sent down from the heavens. Next, we got the Manti. It was pretty interesting. Manti is a Turkish dumpling that is usually made with a spiced meat mixture of lamb or beef. Balzem's Manti (see below) was made with Beef, Yogurt, Butter, and Dry Herbs. The result was a creamy mixture of meaty, yogurty, herby goodness. And, yes, I know that two out of three of those adjectives are not real. It was also bathing in a little pool of hot sauce that seemed to resemble olive oil. I liked it a lot. Would definitely order this one again.
For our entrees, I got the Grilled Ribeye Brochettes with an Herb Dip and a Yogurt Dip. Steph got the Soft Shell Crab with Butter, Wine, and Arugula. Both of them were good. My beef skewers were cooked very well since they were still juicy and evenly cooked throughout. The Soft Shell Crab was good but we were way too full to finish all the food. We went too hard on the appetizers. Anyway, I'll end the review here. Looking forward to coming back!
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202 Mott St.
New York, NY 10012
Phyllo Rolls stuffed with Feta Cheese, Parsley
Manti: Turkish Beef Dumplings with Yogurt, Butter, Dry Herbs
Soft Shell Crab with Butter, Wine, Arugula
Grilled Brochette: Ribeye on skewers with Herb Dip and Yogurt Dip
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