Sheesh Restaurant, an Elaborate Escape to Turkey
If you’ve ever taken a stroll down South Grand, you may have passed by the windows of Sheesh and peered into the restaurant with wonder. The owner, Safa Marmarchi, is a Turkish immigrant who filled the space with imported goods from his home country, creating a transformative dining experience. There are colorful fabrics lining the wooden booths and chairs, lamps hanging in every corner and brightly colored pom-poms decorating the windows. Each table is set with copper dishware and pitchers that complete the whole experience.
For starters, try a pot of Turkish apple tea, which arrives in an elaborate pot and teacup set. Choose from a wide array of appetizers, ranging from homemade falafel with tahini, baba ghanouj, hummus, dolmas, ezogelin (a bulgur and red lentil Turkish soup) and a platter of savory Turkish pastries.
For the main course, popular options are grilled beef or chicken kabobs, each served with flavorful vegetables and fresh bread, and biryani—a mixture of rice, raisins, carrots and chickpeas topped with tender lamb shank or chicken. The iskender kebab is a ubiquitous dish in Turkey: a plate of pita pieces topped with thinly sliced lamb kebob, a rich tomato sauce, yogurt and melted butter.
But save room for dessert, because the house-made baklava is some of the best in town. For a sweet adventure, try the kunafa, a signature dish of shredded pastry dough stuffed with a thick layer of white cheese, soaked in sweet syrup and drizzled with pistachios.
3226 S Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri, 63118
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