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Best of Canberra – Turkish

By Bec Cuzzillo - 12 May 2015 27

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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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27 Responses to
Best of Canberra – Turkish
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 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 10:23 pm 12 May 15

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

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 7:38 pm 12 May 15

Turkish pide house in Woden. Simple, but delicious food

Mess 6:36 pm 12 May 15

+1 for Fig and Olive

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 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.

dungfungus 2:05 pm 12 May 15

Roksteddy said :

For the best value for money (and delicious) meal in Canberra, you can’t go past Fig and Olive at Chisholm

Agree fully with that. Their food is fresh and full of authentic flavour. Prices are a lot cheaper than the equivalent food in the hipster precincts.

Roksteddy 1:30 pm 12 May 15

For the best value for money (and delicious) meal in Canberra, you can’t go past Fig and Olive at Chisholm

nic0 12:13 pm 12 May 15

I highly recommended the kiymali pide from charnwood Turkish Pide but their falafel balls are not so great.

Alexandra Craig 10:24 am 12 May 15

Oh yes, I forgot about The Ottoman. Amazing food.

Milly Withers 10:00 am 12 May 15

I’m with Holden and Alexandra – Turkish Halal Pide in Yarralumla is great for cheap and cheerful, but for really, really awesome (and expensive) Turkish you can’t go past Ottoman.

Holden Caulfield 9:56 am 12 May 15

“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.”

Then it simply has to be The Ottoman.

And I’m available to assist with the taste test, haha.

Alexandra Craig 9:16 am 12 May 15

Turkish Halal Pide House in Yarralumla is great, but it’s pretty casual dining. Turkish Pide House at Woden is a bit more fancy. There’s also Taze in Civic which is good but I think it’s Mediterranean as opposed to just Turkish.

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