Anatolia – June 2012 ***CLOSED***

Anatolia is a new Turkish restaurant on the corner of St.Vincent street and Hope street where Arisaig used to be. We popped in to try out their 2 Courses for £6.95 and 3 for £7.95 lunch menu, and we’d had a tip-off that it was very good, but we were also told to avoid the soup as it was watery!

This was only my second visit to a Turkish restaurant (the first being Alla Turca on Pitt street which I enjoyed) so I’m not an expert on Turkish food but I immediately noticed that the menu looked exactly like one you’d find in a Greek restaurant but with er, different names for the dishes. I love Greek food so the signs were good.

We noticed that out of a choice of 8 starters, 7 were vegetarian and the 8th Tarama (whipped cod roe in other words Taramasalata in Greece!) was pescatarian-friendly.

We both opted for Imam Bayildi (Aubergine, onion, green peppers, tomatoes, parsley & olive oil) as it sounded a bit different. Wrong choice! It was cold and slimy.

Imam Bayildi

Imam Bayildi

Thankfully the huge portion of pide (bread) we also ordered redeemed the first course. Between us we couldn’t finish it over the duration of the meal.

Pide

Pide

Onto the mains, and after the veggie starters it was a bit of a meat feast. Big portions and rather tasty.
Chicken Shish

Chicken Shish

Lamb Doner

Lamb Doner

We decided to stay for dessert.
Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

The carrot cake was nice but we’re not fans of skooshy cream and it didn’t come with chocolate sauce like it said on the menu!
Firin Sutlac

Firin Sutlac

I opted for the Firin Sutlac (Rice pudding) but I forgot that Turkey is a hot country so of course my dessert consisted of cold rice, which I’m not much of a fan of – unless it’s in a Muller rice pot with Apple purée! The rice was thick and sticky rice with a cinnamon coated film, which was a bit off-putting for me (the film that is, not the cinnamon!)
To wash down my food I had both Apple tea and Turkish tea, served in cute little glasses.
Apple Tea

Apple Tea

The apple tea was lovely and the Turkish tea was basically just the same as black tea without milk or lemon. A coffee was also purchased which was a standard type – i.e. not Turkish coffee!

So total price, £21.20 for 3 courses each and 5 drinks between us.

Overall, disappointing starter and meat eaters may feel let down by the choice but this is made up by the mains, which are big, meaty and tasty. Desserts disappointing but the tea was lovely, and the bread was huge so we both left with full bellies. If you like Turkish (and for that matter Greek!) food you should at least give it a go. The lunch menu is served 12 till 2.30pm Monday to Saturday.

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1 Comment

  1. Avatar 23/08/2012 / 8:56 am
    Love the bread in Anatolia, and the chicken shish - the restaurant is very close to my work, and great value for lunches so we've been a couple of times.

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