We were in the mood for Turkish food, and were going to Philly anyway, and a quick search pulled up several places. I picked King Tut because it was closest to my friend's house and also because of its contemporary decor. I like to eat with my eyes, so good ambiance is a plus!
On Foursquare, a few people described the owner as charismatic and I have to say that is an understatement. Before he took our order, he first showered my daughter and myself with a ton of compliments, kidding with my husband that to have two beautiful women in his life is quite a blessing. I have to laugh because my family is quite easygoing, and I wonder how non-friendly people react to such saccharine service!
We brought our own bottle of bordeaux which went well with our meal. Since service was laid back, we took our time and enjoyed ourselves. Everything looked good so we ordered two of the larger plates. One was the King's Mazzeh, which was served with warm pita bread in a basket and small servings of hummus, baba ganouj, grape leaves, falafel, labneh, and mouhamara. There was something for everyone. The falafel was kid friendly, more so because of its texture than its taste. Everything else was really tasty, especially the baba ganouj and mouhamara (which tasted like Indian food and had nuts in it).
For our main, we had Mashawi, which was the mixed grill that included chicken, kafta, and lamb chops. It came with rice and salad. The rice was a little oily for me, but the salad was good and hearty with tomatoes, red onions, and lettuce. Unfortunately, I did not get a good photo of this entree!
Overall, our dining experience was pleasant, different, and warm. We will come back again, and again.