Monday, August 06, 2018

"Istanbowl" from Doner G - Irvine

This is the Istanbowl from Doner G, a Turkish joint in Irvine. I ordered it for two reasons. The first is obvious: the name. I'm a sucker for puns, especially ones that are as perfect as this. Second, the Istanbowl comes with almost every protein on the docket. Beef doner, shaved into petals; chicken doner, cut into spears; and falafel, fried into crispy craggles.

Everything is piled into, yes, a bowl, or rather, a round foil take-out container. The base is a rice pilaf nutty and moist--flavorful enough to eat by itself. There are pita triangles you don't necessarily need. And piles of pickled cabbage, a cucumber and tomato salad, and sliced onions, which you do. It's a meal so complete, I don't know why anyone bothers with anything else on the menu. Plus, when you order it, you get to say "Istanbowl".

DönerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill
3800 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 861-2626

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