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Pera Turkish Kitchen
The restaurant has a nice general decor, stylish maroon walks and tasteful color themes, including yellow tablecloths. 9.00 Texas ratingStar
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Pera Turkish Kitchen is one of the better Turkish restaurants in Dallas. It opened in 2012 and features authentic Turkish food. The restaurant is managed by a Turkish chef/owner, who also has worked in New York. Pera is one step up from casual dining. There are fresh tablecloths, quality wines and distinctive dishes with fresh ingredients.

The restaurant is located in north Dallas. As with many Dallas suburban restaurants, parking is a breeze but the commercial setting detracts a bit from the dining experience. The dining room is well styled, with neutral to dark colors and tasteful decorations. It’s a bit on the smaller side but a request for a more private table was quickly accommodated and the overall room volume was reasonable. In a classy act of courtesy, the maître d' opened the door for guests upon arrival and departure.

The cold appetizer platter was a good variety choice and included Ezme vegetables, Dolma grape leaves and Saksuka sautéed eggplant. The portions were small but the dish quality was excellent and the three dishes worked well together taste-wise. Turkish red wine was a nice complement. Also enjoyable was the falafel with succulent yogurt sauce. The Adana fresh lamb and chicken shish entrees were both perfectly cooked and had a nice mix of spices. For dessert, an experimental but delicious baklava dish with warm apples and ice cream made for a great novelty. Kazandibi burnt milk pudding had mediocre visual appeal but an outstanding taste. Overall, Pera was very enjoyable. Portions were a bit modest, but all the dishes were appetizing, the staff was attentive and helpful and the restaurant was relaxing and pleasant. It’s the type of place that shines a beacon of quality out to a sea of mediocrity and a return visit is on the horizon.
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