Tabaq Bistro: What's on the Menu

The opening party last Friday at Tabaq was packed, and I didn't get to try any of the food. (I got there too late.) But Tabaq is officially open and serving a full menu on the main floor. Here's a glimpse at what's on the menu:

Small plates priced at $4.25-$13.95 are divided into spreads, vegetarian, meat and seafood options.
• Spreads include hummus, babaganoush and a roasted red bell pepper spread with walnuts called muhammara.
• Vegetarian tapas include zucchini and cheese fritters, dolma, spinach cigar borek (spinach and feta wrapped in phyllo), and a vegetable tart with onion, tomato and zucchini set in a puff pastry with a basil emulsion.
• Meat choices include pan-seared foie gras with roasted figs and port wine sauce, braised lamb shank with eggplant purée and Turkish-style beef ravioli with red pepper, garlic and yogurt sauce.
• Seared scallops, mussels stuffed with rice and herbs, and grilled tuna with caramelized baby onions and pomegranate dressing are a few of the seafood offerings.

Main courses range from $13.95-$19.95 and include grilled beef and lamb skewers with steamed lemon rice and yogurt sauce and grilled beef medallions with eggplant, mushrooms and karasi wine sauce.

The roof will be open this weekend after 9 p.m. for cocktails only, and full food service will start next week. Brunch service will also start this weekend from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the main level (roof service will eventually be available).

Melih, one of the owners, feels strongly that it's hard to find a good brunch in this city—and he intends to remedy that. Tabaq's brunch menu will include waffles, pancakes and french toast with toppings like Nutella, apple compote, pineapple compote and fresh berries; custom-made omelets; eggs benedict and eggs florentine; and a selection of lunch items like salads, the Tabaq burger, and chicken and salmon sandwiches. The hearty Tabaq breakfast will feature a European-style assortment of sausages, cheese, baked tomatoes and other goodies.