Valencia College, Lake Nona Campus

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine: A Cultural Embellishment to the Lake Nona Community

The Lake Nona area has grown tremendously over the past year, with culinary additions such as PDQ, Pollo Tropical, Tropical Smoothie, and as of recently, Chili’s.  One dining establishment that has been sorrowfully ignored is the astounding Turkish restaurant: Bosphorous. Bosphorous, although new to the Lake Nona community, is home to two other booming locations: Winter Park and Dr. Phillips.

As soon as you step into the dimmed eatery, gorgeous handcrafted chandeliers come into view, as well as a framed rug that was tediously constructed in Turkey. The staff is also extremely hospitable and helpful, especially when considering the unfamiliar menu.

When settling on an appetizer, the Mixed Appetizer is an excellent choice. On the center of the family sized plate is a risen bubble of Peta bread, joined by a second plate that includes an array of traditional Turkish dips/sauces.  This gives everyone at the table the opportunity to sample Bosphorous’ Humus, Babaganoush, Sautéed Eggplant, Tabbuli, Ezme, Tarama, Haydari and Zetinyagli Yaprak Dolma, all equally delicious.

The menu also includes a variety of authentic entree choices such as Chicken Sis Kebap, Lamb Shanks, and my personal favorite: the Grilled Lamb Adana Kebap. At first, I was skeptical about ordering the Grilled Lamb Adana Kebap, but when the colorful plate was set in front of me, I was eager to dig in. The lamb was rich with flavor, truly juicy. It was sublimely complimented with a serving of rice pilaf, paired with shredded carrots and pickled beets. The flavors incorporated in this dish mesh together in harmony.

If you and a friend are interested in sharing a meal, Bosphorous’s dinner menu includes the option of a Mixed Grill for Two. The Mixed Grill for Two is a combination of Doner Kebap, Chicken & Lamb Adana Kebap, Chicken & Lamb Sis Kebap, and Chicken & Lamb Köfte, all served over rice pilaf.

Once you’ve enjoyed a versatile appetizer and a fulfilling  entree plate, there might be some room left for dessert. In that case, I highly recommend the Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava. It is a traditional Turkish dessert that lights up your taste buds. The chocolate is of the right concentration, and the flaky pastry is beyond delightful.

Not only does Bosphorous provide bold Turkish dishes that are singular in flavor, but the ambiance of this restaurant is truly inviting. If you are a resident of the Lake Nona community, or just visiting, I highly recommend you give Bosphorous a try. Dinner or lunch, it is sure to hit the spot.

Mixed Appetizer


Grilled Lamb Adana Kebap


Mixed Grill for Two






Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava

Interior Chandelier


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