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The Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe 935 S. East Street

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This is a joint that Pat and I visited some time back,before we even started the blog. I remember the fluffy Jasmine rice very well. I knew we would have to return and today was as good a day as any other.

They offer a lunch special for $8.75 that includes an appetizer and an entrée. Here is a link to their website.

I am a sucker for Dolmades. A seasoned mix of rice,onion and mint rolled in grape leaves. Sometimes you will find lamb, and or raisins. Their version is strictly veggie served on a bed of salad,drizzled with olive oil and lemon.

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This was a great app. A perfect size and taste to get your appetite all worked up,ready for something bigger.

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For me “the something bigger” was Kofte. That is a ground beef and lamb patty,seasoned with parsley and onion and then grilled. This was a wonderfully savory hunk of meat. It was nicely seasoned and cooked all the way through. Normally I wouldn’t dig any form of ground meat cooked that long but this worked. It was compacted enough that you could use a knife and fork to cut it. Not hard, by any means, just not “crumbly” like you would expect from a ground meat patty. I found the flavor to be very assertive and the texture “steak like”. A few slices of the meat wrapped in the warm pita made for excellent mini sandwiches.

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Oh yeah it also had a bit of salad and veggies as well as some rice. It was definitely a home run, as it covered all the bases.

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I didn’t get a taste of Pat’s beef dish but I did get a bite of the Hummus. It was very creamy. Some hummus is a bit grainy but this was as smooth as silk. Very tasty.

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So I know that Bosphorus is not unknown in Indy,I just think it has been awhile since it was reviewed. Regardless this is an excellent place for lunch or dinner. We both recommend it.

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Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Himalayan Kabob Corner 6066 E. 82nd St.

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Cute name isn’t it. I have never had Nepali or Afghani food before,so that is why we decided on Himalaya. When we arrived we were surprised to find a $10 buffet. We also learned that the place had new owners;as of September 1. A Russian married couple. The chef was the same so the food would not miss in the translation. The buffet line was small but nicely done and well stocked.

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I was impressed with the quality of the preparation. Each dish was impeccably seasoned. No one spice took control and none of the dishes were spicy hot. I especially liked the spinach and lentils. However I couldn’t find one single weak link. They offered kabob options,sans skewer in chicken and ground beef.

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The beef was really nicely done. Little torpedos of meat that still had a touch of pink in the center. The chicken in tomato sauce offered a bonus as the sauce was a good cover for the Jasmine rice.

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Before I forget they have an excellent chicken noodle soup. A goodly amount of noodles in a wonderfully tasty broth.

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They also offer a dumpling I believe it is called a Manto. Seasoned turkey and the only dish with onion in it. It was superb. No pictures though. One last thing. As we finished the owner brought us a piece of fresh Baklava. It was the best I have had so far in town.

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They have the buffet as a weekly lunch time affair. In the evening and on week ends they offer an extensive ala carte menu. They show the menu on their website and as you can see the prices are more than reasonable. Besides where else can you get Nepali food from a restaurant owned by a Russian couple, in Indianapolis.

Himalaya Kabob Korner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato