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Best of Canberra – Turkish

By Bec Cuzzillo 12 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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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 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 3:01 pm 15 May 15

+1 for the ottaman . Great stuff

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 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 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 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.

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