Sheesh Restaurant – A Turkish Delight
ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Sheesh Restaurant – St Louis is known for having a broad and wonderful ethnic diversity! There are many neighborhoods where you’ll see numerous restaurants from all different cultures. One that stands out for its authenticity and atmosphere is Sheesh, which made our top 10 Middle Eastern Restaurant list a few months back.
Located at 3226 S Grand Blvd in the heart of Tower Grove South, their cuisine consists of Mediterranean, Turkish, and Middle Eastern foods. Ranked at 4.5 Stars and #346 of 2275 restaurants in St Louis with 71 reviews, it’s a one-of-a kind gem that’s worth checking out.
Their assertion that they serve classic Turkish fare amidst traditional decor inspired by the motherland, is most accurate. It is one reason diners love eating at Sheesh. They can dine while traveling back on a mystical journey to a faraway land. The first thing any patron will notice is the striking copper tables and dinnerware which was all imported directly from Turkey.
Besides the beautiful Turkish rugs arranged on walls, tapestries artfully positioned in a color palette using the brilliant red of the Turkish flag with accents of gold, gray and white, wooden low-slung and upholstered chairs, and brass tables, tattooed with Old World designs embossed on the surface, even the servers are dressed in the attire of their heritage.
The owner, Safa Marmarchi, and his brother and sister opened the restaurant in 2015. The family moved to St. Louis ten years ago as refugees. The menu is Turkish, but there are small influences from other parts of the Mediterranean. That is mainly because sister & Manager, Zaenab, has lived in five countries, including spending considerable time in Turkey.
Customers seem to have a few favorites. The Sheesh Tawook, seasoned chicken skewers, with grilled tomatoes and onion, served over rice with a dipping sauce is a definite favorite. The Iskender Kebab, thinly cut grilled lamb over pita bread with melted butter and yogurt and a tomato sauce, is another. As is the Gozlema, 2 Turkish pastries filled with spinach and white cheese, the Sheesh Special Salad of fried eggplant, onions, tomato, chickpeas, parsley and fried bread, and the Knafeh, a Turkish sweet cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup, sprinkled with pistachios.
The overall consensus seems to be authentic and relaxing ambiance, attentive service, and the real draw…outstanding food for very reasonable prices. So if you want to feel like you’re leaving St. Louis and arriving in Turkey every time you walk through the door, make Sheesh on your list of stops.
Price range: $11-$30
Hours: Sun–Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.