Pilita Grill, a Turkish, Mediterranean restaurant, is run by friendly Chef owner Burak Epir. He tries to “capture the freshness and vibrancy of Turkish cuisine, where vegetables, whole grains, and yogurt are the stars and meats serve as condiments.” This restaurant is on Laurel street, home to a ton of restaurant.
Decor, Vibe – Sidewalk seating, booths, rustic decor, and a large picture of a Mediterranean scene. Mostly locals were eating lunch when we went.
Menu has rotating daily specials.
Signature Dishes – Lamb dishes, Doner
Very nice home cooked warm bread and sun dried tomato dip.
Doner (Gyro) Wrap ($8.95) Thin slices of slowly cooked beef & lamb with tomatoes, onions, lettuce & a yogurt garlic sauce was huge and excellent, with nice meat flavors and a subdued yogurt sauce.
Kuzu Kebab ($14.95) Leg of lamb grilled on a skewer & served with rice & steamed vegetables had tender lamb cooked to a medium rare. The lamb wasn’t gamey but could have used more flavors. Rice had some garbanzo beans.
Tavuk Guvec ($12.95) Chicken cubes with eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions & parsley; baked in a casserole served with rice was a rich braised dish that needs to be eaten with rice. Strong sauce flavors overwhelm the chicken itself.
Service – Pilita Grill owner provided friendly knowledgeable service.
Value – Prices are reasonable for a sit down Turkish restaurant.
Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include Spasso, Town, Piacere, Speediere Pizza.
Verdict – Pilita Grill serves up solid Turkish cuisine in San Carlos. Give it a try if you are in the area and want to try authentic Turkish food. The wraps are an inexpensive way to taste their food.