Location: SW 4th and College
Hours: Lunchtime, weekdays
As you walk down the street on the west side of 4th avenue where the food carts are, you have your choice of Thai or Mexican, burgers, Vietnamese, sandwiches and soups. A new player has joined the pod serving up Turkish fare and Sultan’s Kitchen won’t disappoint.
When I think of Turkish food, I immediately think of all things middle eastern like hummus and pita along with variations on falafel. I’m naive in this because I’m putting every nation in that region into the same culinary basket without appreciating each culture’s dishes. Here in Portland, my foray into Turkish dishes came with the introduction of Ali Baba’s Turkish Kitchen this past year. I have enjoyed kofte and doner and various other dishes along with some great hospitality. Sultan’s Kitchen continues that trend with both a great menu and kind staff.
The offerings at Sultan’s Kitchen range from doner to kofte to other Turkish dishes I have yet to try. I perused the menu and decided on what I thought was the Sultan’s Delight only to learn that was the name for the daily special. The owner/chef knew what I was trying to order, chuckled and put together a plate of chicken iskender. A tasty dish of crispy pita smothered with grilled chicken, spicy tomato sauce, melted butter and then topped with creamy yogurt, you gotta know this one is a mouth pleaser. So many divergent flavors with the creamy yogurt mixed with the spicy tomato and still crunchy pita, I enjoyed it to the last bite.
Sultan’s Kitchen opened earlier this fall and is serving up some wonderful Turkish fare. They are open for lunch daily and if you’re lucky, may just offer you a little dessert as part of their hospitality. Check them out and let ‘em know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Chicken Iskender: crispy pita bread smothered with grilled chicken, spicy tomato sauce, melted butter and topped with creamy yogurt – $7
- Kofte: spicy grilled beef kofte, Turkish rice and Cobon salad – $6
- Doner Plate: grilled chicken, Turkish rice and Cobon salad – $6
- Sultan’s Toast: toasted bread with kasar cheese – $5
- Kuru & Pilav: white beans simmered in a zesty tomato sauce served with Turkish rice – $5
- Borek: hot crispy pastry stuffed with spinach, onion and feta cheese – $4
Hours: weekdays for lunch