Samdan Sam Dan Samdan
Rio Vista Plaza
178 Piermont Rd. (Madison Ave.)
Cresskill, NJ 07626
Cuisine: Middle Eastern / Turkish
Authentic little Middle Eastern spot with a traditional dining room.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily


Samdan, Cresskill, NJ

Samdan Restaurant Review:

Samdan’s dining room may be traditional, but the extensive menu of Middle Eastern and Turkish fare is exotic. It is always authentic and fresh, and offered at prices so low that one is tempted to over-order just to sample the interesting dishes. Mezes, the little plates, excel and can easily be collated into a very filling dinner. There’s acili ezme, a mixture of hot and spicy, finely chopped vegetables and walnuts; baba ghanouj; and tarama, the famous red fish egg spread. A basketful of warm pita is always brought to the table. We also recommend entrées such as the adana kebab, skewers of ground beef, hot and smoky from the charcoal grill; or pirzola, fragrant, tender broiled baby lamb chops. Yogurt kebabs are yet another choice, grilled and layered with flavor. Don’t pass on dessert, such as the kadayif, a shredded wheat with walnut confection topped with pistachios. The wine list is small and offered at bargain prices. Service is helpful and friendly though sometimes overwhelmed by the crowds who flock here.

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