Since 2005, Mehmet Yildiz has been cooking primarily Turkish fare (plus a few Mediterranean and Lebanese dishes), which reflects his childhood spent in western Turkey.
Yildiz credits his mother’s recipes as the inspiration for many of his Turkish menu items at Aya Sofia, including börek, a baked phyllo-dough pastry traditionally filled with Feta and spinach. Börek appears on the hot mezze menu alongside grilled shrimp kebabs, kizartma – crispy eggplant, zucchini, potatoes and bell peppers served with a garlic-cumin-tomato sauce and yogurt – and more.
Don't miss cold mezze specialties such as haydari, a creamy yogurt dip with garlic, dill, fresh mint and pecans, and the garlicky house hummus. End your meal with the Adana kebab, spicy ground lamb grilled on a Turkish sword-shaped skewer.
Aya Sofia, 6671 Chippewa St., Lindenwood Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.645.9919, ayasofiacuisine.com