Machka

2 09 2013

Machka! It just sounds like it should be an exclamation to me. Not sure why that is. Machka is a small Mediterranean* restaurant in the FiDi** right across the street from the Pyramid Building. It has just a handful of tables in the narrow, brick-lined space, and a bar in one corner that serves wine and beer. Mom and sis took me here for lunch on my actual birthday (I was at work; it was awesome).

Cauliflower soup enjoyed by Sister

In the mezes section of the menu (kinda like Greek tapas), there are a variety of dishes you might expect — hummus, babaganoush, feta, falafel — and a few you may not — lamb tartar, grilled octopus, grilled smelts. They have a few salads, a handful of Durum (wraps), a few kebabs, and a half-dozen entrees. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday.

Our lunch was fun and yummy — we shared some hummus, each got a lunch entree, and shared a (super amazing) dessert. I’ll just start with the dessert since it was really the highlight. And because sometimes it’s fun to do things backwards.

Chocolate Fondant -- Amazing

Chocolate fondant — amazing

This is the chocolate fondant, which is a fancy way of saying “molten chocolate cake” without sounding so Applebee’s. It was amazing. I was really excited to find a nearby place available to satiate any future chocolate emergencies which may occur. I would most certainly go back here just for this.

Before the fondant, we ate these things:

Hummus plate with pita triangles

Hummus plate with pita triangles

Chicken skewers with pyramid of rice for Mom

Chicken skewers with pyramid of rice for Mom

Falafel Durum for Sister

Falafel Durum for Sister

Seared ahi burger with fries and side salad for me!

Seared ahi burger with fries and side salad for me!

*I can now spell Mediterranean on the first try because of this blog! Knowledge is power!

**The super pretentious way of calling the Financial District in SF.





New Kapadokia

29 03 2011
Atmosphere: 4/5   ♦   Service: 2/5   ♦   Food Quality: 4/5   ♦   Value:3/5
Times Visited: Once  ♦   Will I Return?:  Would like to
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New Kapadokia Redwood CityMy friends were going to a Star Trek Convention in Burlingame a few weeks ago (don’t judge) and I asked if they wanted to meet for dinner afterward*. I was feeling like trying something a bit different… I didn’t want your regular steakhouse or Japanese place or taco shop.

A Yelp search found New Kapadokia at 2399 Broadway in Redwood City: Turkish cuisine. Turkish food is sorta like Mediterranean cuisine, and though I wasn’t 100% sure it would be a great experience, I was sure that I wanted to try it. So I dragged the gang out to this cute (and previously unknown) area of Redwood City and out to New Kapadokia.

First impression: super cute. Small but not too small, cozy restaurant on a corner. Tablecloths. Wall hangings. Mute colors. Judging from the website and the Yelp reviews, I honestly expected a pretty serious hole in the wall. This place has class, no holes in these walls.

Inside New Kapadokia, Redwood City

Inside New Kapadokia, Redwood City

And because I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t print out a Restaurant.com coupon for $50 off a $100 purchase since I had no idea how much the food would cost and didn’t want to be stuck with a coupon in case it was cheap and we never went back. As it turns out, we spent over $200 on five people.

The food was really good. Really, really good. We had a vegetarian appetizer sampler of plops of no-meat mush that was fabulous and that the waiter picked out for us (“Let me make you a plate.”). Yum.

Vegetarian Appetizer Sampler

Vegetarian Appetizer Sampler

Some of the main courses at our table were Dolmas, Vegetarian Manti (pasta filled with spinach, poached and served with garlic yogurt and spicy butter), and some sort of meat kebab dish. I ordered three appetizers (which all turned out to be deep fried… I’m not really complaining…): Falafel, Sigara Böregi (fillo dough stuffed with potatoes, feta cheese, parsley and a touch of black pepper), and (I think) Mücver (zucchini, green onions, eggs, dill, and mint, deep-fried and topped with garlic yogurt).

Dolmas

Dolmas

Appetizers

Falafel and Fillo Dough thingies... mmm

Mucver

Mücver: zucchini, green onions, eggs, dill, and mint, then deep-fried and topped with garlic yogurt.

Everything was very good and everyone wholly enjoyed their meal. But the pasta dish (the Vegetarian Manti) was definitely the winner of the evening. We had two orders at our table and they were devoured happily. The pasta was tender and light and the yogurt sauce complimented the pasta filling very well. I was wary about yogurt sauce over pasta, but they know what they’re doing. Trust them. Trust them and eat well.

Pasta

Vegetarian Manti: pasta filled with spinach, poached and served with garlic yogurt and spicy butter -- $17

Our only complaint was the service for the second half of our meal, which somehow dropped off entirely. It was strange. We had great service to start and there were waiters bustling around the packed room all night long. But we were overlooked for easily 30 minutes toward the end of our meal, including a long stretch when we were patiently waiting for our bill to arrive. It was odd. I’d be willing to give them another chance as the service started out being good.

Overall: go there. Try the pasta. Bring friends. Buy a Restaurant.com coupon. Yum!

*I did not attend this year’s convention, though last year I did make an effort as William Shatner and Patrick Stewart were there, yeay! Nerds unite!

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