I just love to be a food blogger. This way, I get invitations from restaurants to come and dine with them for free :). Yesterdays stop is P.F.Chang's in Etiler. The menu they have prepared is extensive and composed of nine different dishes, including the legendary dynamite shrimp, six layer chocolate heaven great wall of chocolate, and Agave Margharita made of the finest tequila Patron.
PFChangs' gigantic horses welcomes us in the door. Apparently everything at PFChangs is at massive sizes. The dishes are American portions and not at all what Turks are used to; but as they say, the bigger the better :).
We start the night off with shots of Agave Margharita and Changs Mai Tai. The Agave Margharita is made from Patron tequila and has a wonderful citrus flavor. The Mai Tai, with its tropical fruit ingredients, on the other hand is slightly too sweet for me.
The menu has 76 different dishes, all of which are in gigantic sizes and thus best to share. There is also a childrens menu with more "kids friendly" choices and a coloring book.
The menu prepared for us is aimed to give us a feel of a little bit of everything. For starters we get dynamite shrimp (28TL), vegetarian lettuce wrap (21TL) , and pan fried chicken dumplings (15TL).
The dynamite shrimp is heavenly and a must. The sauce itself has seven different ingredients.
The vegetarian lettuce wrap is light and delicious. If you like tofu, its definitely your dish.
I love the dumplings. Although pan fried, they are super light, much thanks to having been boiled and then only slightly fried.
The sauces on the table are a signature of PFChangs. Every waiter has their own way of preparing a mix for you to try.
For main course we get Chang's spicy chicken (32TL), wok charred beef (38TL), shrimp with candied walnuts (46TL), and lo mein combo, i.e. mixed noodles (26TL). I wont go into detail but shortly, I find the beef a bit too salty and dry and love the shrimp with candied walnuts and apples, which is probably the most interesting dish on the menu. Don't try it if you don't like sweet.
Yemekler kepekli veya beyaz pirinç seçenekleriyle servis ediliyor.
The Great Wall of Chocolate (26TL), definitely lives up to its name. It has six layers, all of which can satisfy one person. I only wish it would be a bit more mushy.
The banana spring rolls are to die for. I love that they are lighter than fried banana, yet as tasty or even tastier. The cinnamon also adds a nice flavor.
Daha önce de PFChangs'i yazmıştım. O zaman yemeklerin zevkime göre biraz fazla yağlı ve soslu olduğunu belirtmiştim. Bazı yemekler için hala bunun geçerli olduğunu düşünüyorum ama etrafımdan duyduğum kadarıyla da bu istenilen bir şey. Başlangıçlarına ise bayılıyorum, özellikle dynamite shrimp ve dumplings'ine. Bana spring rolls da az önce bahsettiğim gibi, her gidişimde mutlaka sipariş vereceğim bir tatlı.
I've written in an earlier post about PFChangs that I found some of the food too oily and prepared with too much sauce. That is still the case. Some of the dishes I love, some of them I don't. Yet, just the dynamite shrimp and banana spring rolls are worth many more visits.
A big thanks to PFChangs for this wonderful event, delicious food, and on top of all this, nice gift.