How many of you have —whether you remember it or not—ordered in a tasty, flavoursome kebab after a night on the town? Guilty. How many of you actually ate said kebab instead of using it as a pillow? Moving on. In all seriousness, kebabs are only a small part of one of the tastiest and most flavoursome cuisines out there: Turkish. With aromatic spices, exotic sides and mouth-watering feeds, we just couldn’t resist letting you guys know about Auckland’s best Turkish restaurants!
Go forth and feast!
Cafe Midnight Express
With their brick-walled interiors, stained glass lanterns and with decorative objects and trinkets adorning the space, you may think that you have stumbled into Aladdin’s cave. Take a rain check to discover that you have, in fact, walked into central Auckland restaurant, Cafe Midnight Express. Expect to feast on delights such as authentic moussaka, share-worthy platters of olives, grilled lamb and kofte, among other Turkish and Mediterranean offerings. P.S. They also serve some of the best, traditional style, Turkish coffee in town!
If you’re after a weekend day trip, make a beeline for Titirangi. Here you’ll discover the stunning Deco Eatery that specialises in Turkish fare. Located in a gorgeous heritage building, the eatery serves the likes of fattoush salad, menemen, chicken tagine and a not-to-be-missed dolmasi (aka a capsicum stuffed with flavoursome lamb shoulder, pine nuts, currants and herbed rice). Once your belly is delightfully full, head next door for a wander through the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.
Not only do Bodrum Kitchen serve up mouth-watering Mediterranean food on the daily, they also have their very own ‘sweet factory.’ Yup, you heard correctly, a sweet factory. Specialising in the love-it-or-hate-it Turkish delight, chef Nada creates this gooey treat right in front of your gawping eyes. Although we could stuff our bellies with the sweet stuff, we better remind you of Bodrum’s street food-style menu, boasting grilled halloumi bruschetta, grilled fish salad and their infamous souvlaki. We’ll take one of everything, thanks!
Incorporating flavours from Turkey, Greece and Africa into their food, Gypsy Caravan have created a Mediterranean piece of paradise that we can’t get enough of. With a menu boasting delicious feeds and incredible, well-researched combinations, top it all off with the jaw-drop-worthy decor and ambience, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a new hang out. Did we mention that the bar is an old converted, gypsy caravan?! Mojito please!
Ponsonby Central has recently welcomed Miss Istanbul into their residence and we have also welcomed them into our hearts (and bellies!) Taking what space they do have, the owners have created a complete Turkish paradise. We’re talking complimentary Turkish delight, jars and jars of homemade delights and the most exquisite decor and tableware EVER. Take a seat overlooking the chefs, as they whip up flatbreads, skewers and if you’ve got room, baklava!
Takapuna, you lucky, lucky people. If you’re craving all things delicious, flavoursome and spice-ridden, look no further than your very own Angora. You simply couldn’t be in better hands than with owner and head chef, Virsen. His award-winning cooking certainly translates into Angoras menu offerings. Both authentic and damn right delicious, Virsen and team serve grilled meats, smokey eggplant dishes along with a host of other delectable items.
Located in the sweet suburb of Grey Lynn is Lokanta—a small, inviting, Turkish and Aegean restaurant. The dishes look good enough to eat and it’s a good job too, because we want them all! Crumbed kofte meatballs, aubergine puree with pickled red peppers take centre stage, alongside chargrilled octopus and flaming saganaki (grilled halloumi to you and me!) The ambience is warm, welcoming and gorgeously family orientated and we simply can’t get enough. You go Lokanta!
Turkish Cafe have resided in Ponsonby’s Three Lamp area for over 30 years and have been churning out some of the tastiest Turkish cuisine this side of town. With so much experience under their belts, it comes at no surprise that their food is authentic, traditional and ever-so satisfying! Think Turkish dolmades which comprise of stuffed vine leaves, filled filo pastry parcels commonly known as ottomans borek and much, much more tastiness!
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Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews at Miss Istanbul