Spireworks Serves Turkish Döner With A Twist

With Foodies In Mind, Spireworks In Eagle Rock Specializes In A Modern Take On A Traditional Turkish Dish

Mediterranean food has grown to be a staple of the Los Angeles culinary scene.  From traditional restaurants, to modernized fast-paced eateries, there is an abundance of places to choose from. Although choices are vast, very few stand out out in taste and design like Spireworks.

Having expanded to Eagle Rock from their flagship in Westwood, Spireworks specializes in serving döner that is made by foodies, and with foodies in mind.

Döner kebabs derive from a turkish style of cooking, similar to that of shawarma, or even Mexican al pastor. Antibiotic and hormone free meat is beautifully seasoned and vertically spit-roasted alongside an open fire. A sharp knife is used to delicately slice meat from the spit and served to your liking.

Spireworks takes the idea of döner and gives it a healthy, modern twist. Customers have the ability to customize their order to fit their taste.

You can choose to have the meat in a pocket of freshly baked bread, over fresh greens, or over basmati or wild rice. They offer seasoned beef, chicken and a veggie köfte (turkish meatball) made of cubed vegetables held together by chickpea flour and Urfa biber.

There is an abundance of toppings to choose from as well, making each order unique. Ten sauces and dressings give you an ample range of flavors to add. From the traditional yogurt-based zaatar labneh sauce, to the more adventurous yellow curry aioli. From there you can choose from several fresh and pickled veggie options, fresh cheeses and herbal shakers that can add the last bit of flavor to complete your dish.

If you’re finding it hard to decide on how to customize your order, Spireworks offers several signature “destination” combinations. Each is named after a city or region and how the döner is prepared mimics the flavors of it’s namesake. Bangkok, for example, has tamarind chutney, yellow curry aioli, green onions, thai coconut curry crumble and pickled red peppers. Baja California has beefsteak tomatoes, green tomatillo sauce, cotija cheese, pickled red onions and fresh green onions. Istanbul is the option that most resembles what traditional döner is, and a good option to try on your first visit. It contains cucumber spirals, beefsteak tomatoes, zaatar labneh, pickled red onions, and a sprinkle of zaatar herbs at the end.

Rather than offering the same old option of frech fries, Spireworks serve baby dutch yellow potatoes, seasoned with the shaker option of your choice. The house-made hummus is also a great choice to accompany your döner, and can also be seasoned to your liking.

Spireworks is also one of a few restaurants of its kind to serve beer and wine. Bottles and draught options include, Saint Archer Pale Ale, Red Stripe and Coronado Brewing. Stumptown coffee is served here for those who need an extra pep in their step. All soft drinks are provided by Stubborn Fair Trade natural sugar cane soda.

For dessert, don’t forget to order a few of the spirecakes. Their fluffy, delicious and small enough for you to try one of each. Flavors include banana cream pie, chocolate ganache, dulce de leche, honey mascarpone, strawberry shortcake  and tiramisu.

Spireworks is located at 4945B N Eagle Rock Blvd. in Eagle Rock. They’re open everyday from 11:00am – 10:00 pm

 

Andre Karimloo
Staff Writer & Photographer at Happening In NELA

A writer from the Los Angeles area in his 20-somethings. An enjoyer of good conversations, good compositions, and good drinks. Inspired by the the sights, sounds and ideals of a city which embraces cultures of all different mediums.

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