13 May 2015

Best of Canberra - Turkish

| Bec Cuzzillo
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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.

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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’…

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

+1 for the ottaman . Great stuff

+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.

backinthecan11:15 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!)

backinthecan11:09 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…

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.

Wherearetherealliberals4:09 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.

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.

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.

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.

Aragornerama11:08 am 13 May 15

Guys! It’s Ottoman, not The Ottoman.

The Ottoman is surely the gold standard for Turkish.

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

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.

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

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.

Turkish pide house in Woden. Simple, but delicious food

+1 for Fig and Olive

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Alexandra Craig10:24 am 12 May 15

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

Milly Withers10:00 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 Caulfield9:56 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 Craig9:16 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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