If you think you can’t have a Turkish getaway in Shanghai, think again. At Garlic, you’ll find yourself in a mini Istanbul with great music, ambience, and all. The modern decor and lighting creates a prime date atmosphere. Best of all, and the reason I’m even writing about this place of course, is the food. They have a “Best Lamb You Will Ever Eat” on their menu, pre-cooked for 6 hours and served with some delicious cinnamon-y chestnut rice. The gamey flavor of the tender lamb is the perfect contrast to the sweet, nutty rice. Add a glass of wine and good company, and you really can’t ask for more on a rainy Sunday night.
We started with the zucchini pancakes with homemade yogurt. There are also little dipping sauces for the bread, which came fresh from the oven, the size of a puffy football. After having some fun taking pictures with it, we broke into it and enjoyed our appetizers.
Their pidehs, like flatbread pizzas but not so flat and supremely delicious, are one of a kind. I eat a lot of pizza, but this pizza is different for some reason. It tastes like they use sheep’s milk cheese or something, but whatever it is, it’s gamey and savory unlike any other pizza. We had the Ispanakli Kasarli Pide with spinach and cheese as a vegetarian option.
Yep, and there’s the lamb, and we could not in good faith dispute its name on the menu. Absolutely awesome, coming from a big-time lamb lover. I could eat Xinjiang lamb skewers, Mongolian lamb, New Zealand lamp chops, all day every day… but every lamb has a different flavor and Garlic’s imported hunk of lamb was the perfect example of that. I’ve also heard amazing things about their lamb tenderloin that’s marinated in milk for 2 days, so I’m not done with you just yet, Garlic.
We finished off with the Chocolate Souffle and this was a true boiling hot fudge lava souffle with fresh cream. After a rich meaty meal, it was just the thing I needed along with the complimentary Turkish tea at the end. I love dropping the rock sugar cube in and watching it dissolve. Enjoying tea after a meal is one of the most underrated things ever. What’s the hurry? It’s Sunday night… Hang on for as long as you can before Monday rolls around!
I left with a bag of goodies to go.
When the weather gets better, you’ll find me sitting out here on the front porch.
Garlic / Yong Jia Road, Shanghai