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Wednesday
Mar022011

Bereket Turkish Restaurant "2" Opens in Bridgeport

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Last spring we told you about Bereket, an tiny authentic Turkish eatery tucked behind a gas station in Bridgeport.  This fortuitous find primarily offered takeout, but if you were lucky enough to get one of the 3 small tables, you were served food worthy of an Ottoman emperor. While we loved hiding out behind the Citgo station, we were pleased to hear that owner Selahattin Cinar had moved his very reasonably priced menu and talented cooks to a much larger space in Blackrock (the old Helados Vazquez). With an upgraded interior worthy of the excellent fare, Selahattin can now focus on the customer experience...and a more gracious host you've never seen. Warm up your car for a quick departure to Bridgeport. 

Now open for 2 months, it seems the word is out. Bereket iwas packed to capacity for lunch by 12:30 on our last visit, and Selahattin iwas greeting old friends and introducing himself to new arrivals. While the food is the same (Read our Bereket review from 2010), there are a few noteworthy additions to the experience.

Every Saturday night @ 8:30, Belly dancers grace the dining room completing Bereket's immersive Middle Eastern flavor. Also, Bereket is now BYOB. Enjoy a taste of Istanbul right here in Bridgeport. 

Bereket 2871 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport 203.333.9393

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Reader Comments (7)

Run, don't walk to Bereket! Gotta say, part of the charm of the Bereket WAS the gas station, but I'll happily return for the manti and pretty much everything else on the menu. Go with a crowd so you can order most of the menu!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

Let it be known: the original is still very much in business, and the new man in charge Yusef still cooks up top-drawer Turkish delights. Love that there's 2 now, but don't abandon the Citgo just yet!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHugh McNally

Selahattin,

Best of luck with your new restaurant, your food is the best turkisk cusine we have ever had.

Mike, Susan, Beth, Julia and Denise

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikeP

While the new Bereket and it's new location on Fairfield Ave. is very good, I urge you to try and or review the old location with the new owners located still in the back of the Citgo gas station, I personally feel the food is just as good if not perhaps even better than Bereket

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPD Chef

I went to Bereket last night.

It is, in a word, a bargain price/value wise.

Like Safita but wish the portions were bigger? I am not suggesting that Bereket is exactly on a part with Safita. For one thing, no beautiful waitresses. In fact, no waitresses at all. Just a stonefaced Turkish guy.

But when that food comes, boy, that's a happy time at Bereket. Here's a quick example. The meatball Kefta, or whatever it's exactly called at Bereked costs 11 dollars and features 6 large ground lamb and spice kebabs each of which are larger than the three pieces of meat offered at Safita. So while these sorts of comparisons are by definition imprecise and subjective, the comperable entree at Bereket is priced 35 percent less than Safita, while offering twice as much meat, and damn good meat it is. True, one misses the creamy vinegary sauce that accompanies this dish at Safita. And I will be going to both places. I love Safita and really appreciate what they're doing there. But I will be returning to Bereket. Is tomorrow too soon?

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschmedly

Ok. I went back last night and here is my discovery.

Having enjoyed the "mixed appetizers", the plate with the different spreads the previous night, I decided to be stupid and order the Acili Ezma, the hottest of the spreads, containing red peppers. It was way too hot, hotter than last time. I ordered the Manti, the folded filo dough with the tiny pieces of meat in a yoghurt sauce. On this I must disagree with the previous reviewer.....These little guys were hard, contained almost no meat and were not really delicious at all.

Now for the success story......I ordered the Adani Kebab, chopped lamb, veal and beef mixed with spices on charcoal, reads the menu description. Actually there are a few funnies on the menu, such as an offer to provide, for $3.95 the "Day of the Soup". Anywho, this Adanu Kebab is noteworthy for at least two reasons.

First of all, it is much more expensive than the meatball Kofte...There is perhaps half as much meat in this dish as in the meatballs. Secondly, it is AWESOME. AWESOME!

Interesting, delicate, and may I tell you friends that everything at Bereket is FABULOUSLY FRESH, as in, yesterday these kebabs were still swimming!

Somehow I manage to spend 35 bucks plus tip each and every time Icome here, despite my previous description of this place as cheap. It is not cheap.....It's affordable, and darn, DARN good.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschmedly

One more thing... The Baklava is amazing....nothing like you've had, most likely.

Next time I am planning to try the Sheppard Salad and the Chicken Balls. Who even knew chickens HAD balls??

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschmedly

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