TURKISH-BORN RESTAURATEUR Ugur Oskay opened Bistro Turkuaz quietly last spring, installing sons to help in the kitchen and her daughter to charm the patrons at the tables. The cozy Madrona restaurant imparts a primer on Turkish cuisine, long underrepresented in this town. Within these red walls, decorated with art that might be in someone’s classy home, diners can choose dolmas heady with currants and herbs; pan-fried zucchini pancakes called mucver; or first-rate Mediterranean dips, from hummus to cacik (Turkish tzatziki) to baba ghanoush (order the Turkuaz Plate to get them all, alongside warm pita triangles). Select from among an array of meat kebabs: zestily marinated, but on a recent visit, overgrilled. Given the otherwise fine performance of this neighborhood jewel, you won’t mind. (Call or check the Web site before dropping in, as Oskay sometimes clears the place for private parties.)

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