We had been living on the eastside of Greater Seattle for over 15 years now, and it was amazing to watch the changes in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland — the primary cities that made up of the growing eastside.
There were many more Asian shops and restaurants around (particularly some major ones opened up such as Din Tai Fung and Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot opened on the eastside before their branches on the west side).
Recent addition had been Turkish, Mediterranean and Persian grocery store (where I was able to purchase and try Persian dessert such as pashmak and Faloudeh) and restaurants.
In Bellevue alone, the 2010 census had shown that almost 41% of the population were minority or ethnic, compare to that figure was about 25% in 2000.
I believed that explained the proliferation of minority and ethnic small businesses, which of course was fantastic for foodies!
I loved Turkish Kofte and the fairly new Turkish restaurant, Sofra, opened in my neighborhood.
The version of kofte I had in Turkey was formed like little sausages –super tender meat with fantastic flavors of garlic and strong in cumin.
The menu at Sofra was on the small side, but as long as the food were good, it would be great as so many fantastic restaurants in Asia were “specialty store” that only served a handful of items.
The day of my visit, I thought Sofra did not have Kofte.
It was translated as Turkish burger, and I did not read Turkish carefully and completely missed it!
I had to go back and try my favorite Turkish dish!
Doner was next on my list.
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