Chef Galip Ozbek has cooked up the latest dish by turning his successful fifteen-year French Bistro into Savann, the new Turkish restaurant on the Upper West Side. The 414 Amsterdam Avenue venue has been reinvented into a rustic setting that’s warm and inviting. The exposed brick walls, wooden wine racks and Turkish lamps reflect a blending of international and classic cuisine.
Paying homage to his rural roots Chef Ozbeck utilizes fresh ingredients and frequents New Jersey’s farmers market. Diners will find his discoveries incorporated into weekly specials.
Guests are greeted with warm Fococcia-wedges plated alongside Turkish olives. Here’s a tasty tip order the Meze platter to complement the bread basket for a pleasing appetizer as the serving includes baba ghanoush, roasted baby eggplant, pilaki (mesh of beans, potatoes, onions, carrots and garlic) and stuffed grape leaves.
For a lighter fare the Shepherd’s Salad combines chopped cucumbers, tomato, green pepper, onion and fresh herbs. The salad received its namesake from Turkish shepherds bringing the fare for their afternoon meal to eat while tending their flocks. Despite its appearance of being a simple salad it’s filled with flavor and provides a taste of history with every bite.
In honor of a late lunch or an early dinner the restaurant is offering a Prix Fixe Menu for only $19.00. The deal includes a glass of house wine, a choice of appetizer (soup, salad, Pilaki or Baba Ghanoush) and choice of entrée. The four selections include Lamb Kofte Kebab, Vegetable Stew, Chicken Adana Kebab and Meze Platter. The Mediterranean Turkish restaurant is serving quality and quantity cuisine for a fair price. Come taste what the lunch menu has to offer.
For those seeking a flavorful platter, order a sampling of Ozbek’s traditional kebabs as his Lamb Shish is marinated in regional spices, Kofke is reminiscent of a lamb burger and is a lighter variety and Chicken Adana is a sweet and spicy selection with roasted red pepper and Turkish paprika. The tantalizing aromas wafting from the table are just a tease at what diners will find as the serving is moist meats infused with international style.
Imported Turkish wines enhance the experience as the vintage, unless ordered at the restaurant is only available overseas. Some of the signature wines include the 2009 Syrah by Sevilen or a 2010 Majestik Sauvignon Blanc. The full bodied wines are expertly chosen to showcase the cuisine.
To warm up from winter’s chill order the stuffed cabbage, a seasonal favorite filled with lamb, pepper paste, mint, dill and tomato. For a stick-to-your-ribs tasting, the homemade manti, or tiny sweet dumplings made with ground lamb and a mint tomato sauce is just the thing to heat up the meal; artistically plated and full of flavor diners will marvel at the savory selection.
Save room for the Chef’s sinful Baklava or Crème Brulee. The traditional dessert is filled with nuts and sided by fresh raspberries while the Crème Brulee combines rich crème and Turkish coffee.
A trip to Savann is more than just stopping by for a meal instead diners are welcomed into the Savann family. For a unique dining experience venture to 414 Amsterdam Avenue and receive an extra helping of style, service and satisfaction.