I dined last night at Troya on a whim and had a wonderful experience. I had never heard of it but felt the need to get out of my home neighborhood (the Marina) and exerpience what more cultural SF has to offer. I therefore did some homework online and read some good reviews about Troya, and decided to give it a go. I travelled through Turkey a few years ago, and walking into Troya the aromas brought me back there.. We started with a greek salad, which was excellent (no suprises, just the way we like our greek salad). We then tried a meze sample plater of hummus, babba ganouj, and a couple of other spreads. The spreads themselved were good but the pita bread and focaccia they were paired with left us wishing there were something crispier and thinner to spread them on, such as a lavosh cracker. The spreads on soft bread together were too mushy. However, the generous portions and prompt, friendly sevice kept us happily swirling our wines in anticipation of our next course. For an entree we feasted on the mixed kebab platter including beef, chicken, lamb, ground lamb, vegetables, rice, etc. All of the meat was to die for, and we weren't suprised when we found out that they actually prepare their meat inn the traditional way of marinating it for a minimum of 10 hours before cooking it. It is apparent in how the meat just falls apart, and the flavor of the lamb really knocked our socks off. We topped off the evening with a traditional turkish coffee, which was as authentic as I have ever tasted. We capped off our feasting with a pleasant walk down this peaceful, charming section of Clement street. Altogether we had a wonderful experience, and will reccommend Troya to friends. Even my non-adventurous boyfgriend declared that we will be back soon.
Pros: Affordable, Authentic Cuisine
Cons: Need crackers for the hummus