Best of Canberra – Turkish

Bec Cuzzillo 13 May 2015 27


I love trying different foods from around the world and, after the response to the call out for Canberra’s best Thai food a few weeks back, it seems I am not alone in this love affair. This week I am indulging all those global food lovers out there and looking for Canberra’s best Turkish restaurant.

Turkey is one of the more interesting countries I am lucky to have visited, not least because of all the delicious local foods. It isn’t surprising that one of Istanbul’s most popular tourist attractions, the Spice Bazaar, is all about food. The popular markets not only house about a million shops selling spices that are commonly used in Turkish cooking, but also an unimaginable amount and variety of Turkish delight, dried fruit, nuts and other sweets.

When it comes to Turkish food in Australia, some people have tunnel vision for a big ol’ kebab, but there is so much more to it than that. This week I am not looking for Canberra’s best kebab (we already did that), instead I am looking for the best Turkish food this city has to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for warm Turkish bread and dips, a big cheesy, meaty, vegetable pide, a serving of delicious kofta, falafel or kabak, or maybe all of the above – I want to know where your favourite Turkish is served?

To vote, let me know your favourite Turkish restaurant in the comments below. I’ll try the two most popular places and let you know the verdict in next Monday’s Taste Off article.

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27 Responses to Best of Canberra – Turkish
astrojax astrojax 7:52 am 18 May 15

Aragornerama said :

Guys! It’s Ottoman, not The Ottoman.

come, come, we’ll have none of that sexist filth here on r/a – it’s surely ‘ottoperson’…

Apsara Apsara 6:17 pm 15 May 15

Where is the Turkish place gone from Gungahlin Shops – woolies side …Sultan’s I think it was called? I loved their rice and was sad to see all the shops there closed for the next construction phase of the shopping centre

zllauh zllauh 3:01 pm 15 May 15

+1 for the ottaman . Great stuff

Mothy Mothy 12:59 pm 15 May 15

+1 for Turkish Adana Kebab House in Belconnen. Run by a delightfully cheerful chap who’s name completely escapes me but who remembers mine. Embarrasment ensues every time, but I keep going back because the food is so dammned good 🙂 He used to work at Sultans Turkish Pide in Gungahlin, which to my mind went downhill after he left, so I was delighted to see him doing his thing again the first time I walked into Adana.

Zehenni in Gungahlin is good for Pide – particularly the Turkish Pepperoni with BBQ sauce and the Sundried Tomato and Chicken.

I tried Charnwood the weekend before last, and found it a bit bland in the main part but they had the best Zucchini balls.

For eating in Turkish Pide House in the City and Woden are good value on the banquet.

backinthecan backinthecan 11:15 pm 14 May 15

There is something wonderfully, generously, wholesomely honest about a big plate of Turkish food. And Efes pilsener to wash it down! Hmmm… I forgot to mention Turkish Pide House at Jamieson, where both of these can be had at the same table. Simple pleasures! (God it’s good to be back!)

backinthecan backinthecan 11:09 pm 14 May 15

Turkish Delight in Belconnen is great food, although it’s been a while now. And for cheap and cheerful takeaway, it’s hard to go past Charnwood Pide House. Their takeaway banquets are such a treat! Awesome hommous too!

I really must get to Ottoman though. I’ve been promising it to myself for years! Maybe in semester break…

RB78 RB78 8:25 pm 14 May 15

Little Istanbul in Tuggers, Turkish Pide at Woden and Charnwood Pide are all great.

I’ve also been to Turkish Grill in Erindale a couple of times, but I don’t really rate it.

Wherearetherealliberals Wherearetherealliberals 4:09 pm 14 May 15

Turkish Halal Pide House in Yarralumla is awesome. Best ever for quick lunches and great takeaway, not to mention the eye candy of course.

The Ottoman is in a league of its own for special occasions and I love it. However, I would venture to suggest that it has moved beyond Turkish food to a kind of generic middle eastern cuisine. Still delicious though.

DUG DUG 12:47 pm 14 May 15

Hands down best, i dont need soft music and yuppie fixtures.
Good value and the best kabab i ever had!

ive had take away from Ottoman, pretty good.

rubaiyat rubaiyat 10:14 am 14 May 15

sportsmum said :

Ottoman is absolutely the best in Canberra. Little Istanbul in Tuggeranong, Turkish Grill at Erindale and Turkish Pide House at Woden are all good choices too.

There is a reason Ottoman is the best, it is more French than Turkish.

I don’t mind the occasional Turkish, but it is just this side of stodge and take away.

sportsmum sportsmum 8:07 pm 13 May 15

Ottoman is absolutely the best in Canberra. Little Istanbul in Tuggeranong, Turkish Grill at Erindale and Turkish Pide House at Woden are all good choices too.

Aragornerama Aragornerama 11:08 am 13 May 15

Guys! It’s Ottoman, not The Ottoman.

arescarti42 arescarti42 10:05 am 13 May 15

The Ottoman is surely the gold standard for Turkish.

I’ve found Alara’s in Dickson to be top notch for more casual dining.

bronal bronal 8:48 am 13 May 15

My work colleague came to Australia from Turkey a few years ago. She rates Mavi in the Sirius Building at Woden very highly for its wraps – apparently just like they are in Turkey- and also the Pide House at Jamison.

ladylethal ladylethal 10:23 pm 12 May 15

Little Istanbul in Tuggers, Black Rock Cuisine at Weston Creek and Turkish Pide House at Woden

em080 em080 8:26 pm 12 May 15

My favourite is Istanbul in Tuggernong. Its better in summer (restaurant can be a bit cold in winter but if you get a table up the back in winter its still all good temp wise). The food is great, particularly the pides and salads (ok I know having a salad isn’t that traditional but when you need to watch what you eat, and need gf options, having some tasty salad options is great). The share banquets are so filling that we have always ordered it for two people despite there being three of us (they have always been ok with doing this) and just have to argue over who gets what in the meat course.

JJC81 JJC81 7:38 pm 12 May 15

Turkish pide house in Woden. Simple, but delicious food

Mess Mess 6:36 pm 12 May 15

+1 for Fig and Olive

Southmouth Southmouth 5:40 pm 12 May 15

Not quite Turkish but same cuisine and not quite Canberra but not far from Tuggeranong, Roses Lebanese in Cooma. Far better than anything anywhere in Canberra. Been operating 40 years with the same lady. Well worth the stop on the way home from the snow. And not halal.

Tulip Tulip 4:31 pm 12 May 15

I don’t know how literally to take your use of the word ‘restaurant’ in this request. However, if you are after lovely turkish food that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg try Turkish Adana Kebab on the Lathlain Street side of the Belconnen Mall (aka Westfield Belconnen for you newbies to Canberra). Even though it has the word ‘kebab’ in the name this is not the sum total of what is on offer. There is seating inside (and out if you are keen at this time of the year) and takeaway is also available.

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