Manav's Birthday Party

In-PersonRussian Hill, San Francisco


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Available for purchase
Banquet (20+ Guests)
north african, greek, middle eastern
The legacy of Istanbul, once Constantinople, the capital of four empires, is greater than meets the eye. It's the Bosphorus, Black Sea, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean; Mesopotamia, Balkans, Anatolia, Caucasus, North Africa, and Persia. It's the palace and the countryside, the business capital and the cultural capital. It's a little Turkish, a little Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Arabic and Persian. It's Istanbul Modern. We tell the story. This is a sample menu and the contents are dynamic.

Menu detail

Meze, Eggplant Manti
Small Plate
Manti are Middle Eastern dumplings attributed to many different cultures. You can trace their evolution on the Silk Road all the way to China. We fill them with a smoky eggplant puree and serve them with a yogurt broth seasoned with pomegranate. Smoky, tart, high in umami, this is a very comforting dish.
Meze, Squid with skordalia
Small Plate
Skordalia is a fresh almond sauce seasoned with garlic and lemon juice. Our squid comes from Half Moon Bay, we season it with an Aegean spice mix and serve it in this fresh sauce skordalia.
Meze, Georgian Badrijani Nigzvit
Small Plate
During our travels in Georgia we hunted down many different versions of this incredibly flavorful meze. We still find ours are the best. Two very endemic spices give the depth to this dish that are in the spice mix, blue fenugreek and marigold powder.
Meze, Sumac glazed butternut squash
Small Plate
Sumac is a Mezopotamian berry at the center of the cuisine of the Levant. It’s tart, floral and earthy. We make a glaze with sumac and cook the squash in this glaze. Roasted wheat and candied sesame seeds add extra crunch to this dish.
Meze, the Wild Card
Small Plate
We keep one Meze open for our creative process, a product that inspires us at the farmers market, or something that one of our other Middle Eastern specialty purveyors are excited about.
Entree, Aleppo lamb belly kebob
This is a dish that involves two cooking techniques, a lamb stew that becomes the sauce for the lamb belly. Rich pepper flavors among with all the gaminess that the lamb breast carries come together to create a celebration of lamb. We serve it with bejeweled pilaf and Tunisian harissa.
Dessert, Antep pistachio pie with milk ice cream and ‘bird shit’ pistachios
We have traveled long and far but have not seen pistachios as beautiful and delicious as those in Antep. We wanted to share this uniquely intense pistachio flavor with you.
Beverage pairing, only available as an add on
Mantinia. Moschofileo 2015 (Greece) with mezes Floral and aromatic white wines, bright with high acidity. Sevilen, Kalecik Karasi 2014 (Turkey) with main course This wine has aromas of cherry, pomegranate, vanilla w/ a nod to wines that are full bodied and complex Homemade liqueur served with dessert


Beverage pairing, see details in menu

Manav's Birthday Party

In-PersonRussian Hill, San Francisco
(Exact Address will be shared upon purchase.)