Openings and Closings

Sefa Mediterranean Grill Debuts in Delray

The (restaurant) rich just get (restaurant) richer, as Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue and environs welcome a classy-looking new eatery specializing in Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. 

Sefa Mediterranean Grill (165 NE Second Ave.; 561-330-0004) makes its debut next door to the site of the late and not particularly lamented Taste Gastropub (at last check, still empty). It's the first local restaurant for Turkish chef-restaurateur Numan Unsal, who mixes contemporary art with period furnishings and fixtures to create a look both eclectic and cozy.

Unsal's menu reprises all your Turkish-slash-Mediterranean favorites, with starters like hummus, tabbouleh, and stuffed grape leaves sharing space with less-expected dishes like spinach tarator ("sautéed spinach with walnuts and cream of fresh garlic yogurt") and smoked eggplant salad.

Entrées include Turkish-style meatballs, lamb shishkebab, and whole roasted dorado, with such relative oddities as burger sliders, caesar salad, and fettucine alfredo thrown in just to keep things interesting.

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