Restaurant review: Tatami’s in Mersin

I am back with a special secret.

I got a hot lead from a hidden gem with authentic, great food. On the hottest day of the year, my mother and I had a date with Mersin On Main on Tatami. This is a new establishment that serves amazingly fresh and delicious Turkish food.

You’ll be glowing after eating here. The Mediterranean diet makes me feel like I can run a marathon without training. You will be asking your family and friends to join you here. You also call to order every evening (approx).

I’m talking baba ganoush, moussaka, hummus, hot pita bread and plenty of shishkabobs. Mersin On Main owner Erdinç Uzun (Mersin, Turkey) has traveled the world and brought his charm and expertise to Tatami for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Walk down Main Street through Tatami and you’ll find this unique place.

The restaurant is located on a bend in the road along Bushkill Creek. The restaurant, formerly located on Nazareth’s Main Street, found a new home five months ago. I hope that the faithful of Nazareth will go to new excavations.

From the outside, it is hidden in a simple building overlooking a cornfield. Upon entering, you are greeted by a floor-to-ceiling black-and-white photograph of the metropolis reminiscent of Istanbul. This, combined with the wonderful aromas from the kitchen, transports you to a far away place.

The open kitchen is to the right, with about 15 tables for intimate parties of two or more. The interior is quiet but colorful. Shades of gray and yellow complement the space and the food served on beautiful wooden lacquered table tops.

The lighting mixes with the natural light from the windows to create a dim and quiet atmosphere.

There was no music I liked. All that could be heard was the hum and hiss of the grill in the kitchen. It was enough music to my ears.

Four tables were booked here on our midweek night. People came to pick up. The service is great. They were short staffed (who isn’t?), but you’d never know it because the food came out in the blink of an eye.

Even though one server was taking care of everyone, she was calm and sweet. He swiped my card on the table, which I like. It gives me peace of mind. I heard they do that in Europe.

Tall, charismatic and flashy (I tell you, it’s Mediterranean food!) came to all the tables to register. He told us he was finishing up a second floor deck for outside seating. This will be a great addition.

Service and decor combine for comfort and convenience.

The main attraction, without a doubt, is stopping the presses, holding the door…the food.

It was something really special. I have never tasted such fresh and authentic flavors. According to Uzun, it was all made from scratch. No ingredients are frozen.

I don’t know where to start, but I have to, so let’s start with the bite.

My mom and I got the “Mixed Mezi Platter” because we couldn’t choose a couple of things from the menu. This mix had it all: hummus, eggplant and tomato (it was the richest and most delicious flavor of the night – smoky and sweet), grape leaves, mixed vegetables, babaganush and tabouli. It all came together with warm bread right out of the oven. It was very tasty.

This lineup knocked it out of the park. It’s a great thing to share among a group. Highly recommended.

Now to the main events.

We ordered a few dishes, including the Shepherd’s Salad—a divine blend of cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, fennel, and bell peppers. It was like picking from your own garden.

We ordered the Chicken Kebab – ‘shish’ as ​​they call it – full of spices and juicy cooked to perfection.

My mom got the “Alexander” – a deconstructed gyro topped with buttered bread, topped with tomato sauce and yogurt. I went to Moses, which I never had. In case you haven’t, let me tell you, it’s my new favorite dish.

Usually served with minced meat, but replaced with long vegetables, this casserole dish is decadent. Roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, tomato and carrot are mixed in a pot and baked with cheese and bechamel sauce. It tastes like a smoky, French onion soup, but sweet—like the eggplant and tomato side served on a mixed Mexzi plate.

Food portions are large, so be prepared to share or order to go. Everything is steamed, cooked fresh right on the spot. You can taste it, you can feel it.

Again, the word of the day is taste. I’ve never had such a delicate yet vibrant flavor in one dish in my life.

I look forward to kicking back with a bottle of vino and pretending I’m in Turkey.

Yesterday, my mother said to me, “Madeline, I feel like a wanderlust. It’s summer time. Let’s go somewhere!” Our schedule doesn’t allow us to fly somewhere right now, but we did travel somewhere exotic last night.

Dining at Mersin On Main made me feel like I was on a quick Turkish vacation as we enjoy whole foods that are fresh and made with intention.

How fortunate to have people like Uzun who love to share their culture and food with the world. How lucky are they to find their way to the Lehigh Valley?

Madeline Dundon is a freelancer for The Morning Call.

Where: Tatami, main street, 200

Contact: 610-438-0540 mersinonmain.online

Hours: Day from 11.00 to 19.00; 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Prices: Starters $6-$14, entrees $17-$26

Bar: BYOB

Credit cards: Yes

Handicap Accessible: Yes