“In Turkey, you sit and order food, and when it comes, the taste is wonderful,” Birol said.
Nui makes the food at The Lemon Tree fresh. It’s not fast food.
“We want you to take your time and enjoy the moment,” Birol said.
In Turkey, a meal is more of an event.
“People enjoy the feast,” he said.
Nui has worked to bring authentic cuisine to Norman. The menu also offers a variety of choices so lovers of Mediterranean fare don’t have to hesitate to invite their family and friends to join them at The Lemon Tree.
In addition to tabuli, eggplant salad and lentil soup, diners can get a traditional house salad, fried chicken salad or chicken vegetable soup. While most diners will want gyros, kebabs or a pita sandwich, more conservative tastes can find a cheeseburger or fried chicken sandwich, and a seafood lover can choose between salmon and shrimp.
While meat lovers have their choice of kebabs with lamb, beef or chicken, the vegetarian or vegan can order the mixed vegetable kabab. The Lemon Tree menu offers a wide variety of vegetarian choices, many of which are also vegan.
Diners can choose from Istanbul hot tea or Thai tea along with fountain drinks, apple juice or domestic beer. The Istanbul tea is a Turkish black tea grown without pesticides. Thai tea is made with milk.
Dessert choices include baklava, kunefe (pastry stuffed with mozzarella and topped with crushed pistachio) and lemon cheese cake.
A selections of lunch sandwiches are affordably priced and easy to pick up as a “to-go” item, while the children’s menu keeps the restaurant family friendly.
Birol and Nui Tecimer said, most importantly, they want to extend their hospitality to the community. They want people to know it’s OK to come in, sit and relax and just have a cup of tea.
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