WEST ORANGE, NJ - I had the pleasure of dining at the new Sefarat Kebab House with a party of 7. Sefarat is located at 460 Pleasant Valley Way at the corner of Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle Rock Avenue. Parking is located behind Walter Bauman Jewelers.
The decor is simple yet pleasant, and features warm wood and gold tones. We arrived on a Thursday evening at 7:30 pm and the place was quiet, but began filling up around 8:30. The dining crowd was young and diverse, and conversation was lively. The wait staff was attentive and professional.
The night was cool and chilly so I enjoyed a lovely cup of turkish tea. We shared several appetizers, like Coban (Shepherd Salad, with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, red onions and parsley tossed in olive oil and vinegar); the Patlican Soslu (eggplant salad, eggplant, tomatoes and pepper in garlic and olive oil); Zeytinyagli Yaprak Dolma (grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions, pine kernels and herbs), but my favorite was the light bread dipped in Lebni, a creamed yogurt sauce seasoned with garlic and dill. I typically do not eat lamb but decided to try ALL of the kebab variations, and let me tell you: the Lamb Kebabs were to die for. We also sampled chicken kebabs and gyro meats. The meats were tender, nicely seasoned and grilled to perfection. The rice pilaf, served as a side, was delicate and tasty. Though Turkish entrees feature a lot of meats, there are also options on the menu for vegetarians.
Don't even get me started on dessert. Sefarat's desserts include Baklava, which was crunchy and not overly sweet, to my favorite, Kadayif, (shredded wheat prepared with walnuts and sprinkled with pistachios on top. A delicious carmelized creamy milk pudding called Kazandibi rounded out the dessert trio . While I did not try the turkish coffee, I am sure it is delicious, and perhaps you can even ask for a turkish reading!
Salads and appetizers are in the $3.00 to $7.00 range. Dishes and entrees range from $12.95 - $14.95, with higher prices for Pirzola (lamb chops) at $20.95, the Mixed Kebab Platter at $23.95 (enough for two), Levrek (Branzini) at $23.95, and Cupra (Orata) at $21.95. Desserts are $ 2.95 apiece.
There is no liquor license, but you can BYOB, which is always my preference. I strongly recommend Sefarat Kebab and am thrilled to have some new alternatives in West Orange. I give it five stars.