1 N. Eustis St
Eustis, Florida 32726
This cozy little restaurant is at the corner of Orange Avenue and Eustis Street in downtown Eustis. It specializes in authentic Turkish cuisine.
I am very glad to see a Mediterranean restaurant in Lake County. Elijah's Cafe in Eustis was the only one I knew about, but he closed it two or three years ago.
My first experience with Mediterranean food was when I was in the U.S. Navy and we visited Antalya, Turkey. I've been hooked on that food since then and am getting tired of having to drive to Orlando to get it.
The restaurant is owned by Nalan Ertane, who is also the chef. She is assisted by her large family. When I was there the server was her daughter, Gulcan Tiffany Ertane. These are friendly people, and that makes the dining experience even better.
Nalan owned and recently sold a popular Mediterranean restaurant in Apopka. Before that she was a chef at various Orlando area restaurants including Bosphorous.
The menu includes most of my Mediterranean favorites, and even more. Featured cold appetizers are hummus, babagonoush, tabouli, grape leaves, and cacik. Hot appetizers include cheese rolls, falafel, zucchini pancakes, and chicken nuggets or tenders.
You can make a meal just from the salad menu. Among their salads are the Sultan Salad which contains fresh tomatoes, fresh cucumber, parsley, walnuts, feta cheese, and pomegranate juice. Their Sheppard Salad is delicious with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley.
If you want a sandwich, try either a chicken or lamb gyro with french fries, or a falafel special. Falafel includes chickpeas, celery, green onions, sesame, and flour.
The platters make a large meal. They come in two sizes: small and large. Take it from me: large is very large. Some of their popular platters are chicken or beef gyro, lamb kofte, lamb adana, beef shish, falafel, grilled salmon, and chicken or beef shish. All platters come with rice and vegetables.
If you are a fan of New York style thin crust pizza, you will probably love the Turkish pizza served here. Its Turkish name is Lahmajoun, and is a round very thin flatbread topped with minced meat and minced peas. The meat and peas are blended with herbs, onions, tomatoes, and parsley. There is no cheese, and it can be eaten pizza style or rolled up like a burrito.
Dessert is also a special treat here. You can choose from baklava, rice pudding, revani, and kunefe.
Drinks include water or its upscale cousin Pellegrino. Turkish tea and coffee are also available, as well as a homemade yogurt drink called ayran. Nalan will be adding a bar to the restaurant in the near future.
Nalan Sultan is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.