I love Turkish food. All of it. Whether it’s Turkish bread smothered in hummus or beetroot dip (or both!), kebabs, pide, baklava, or even a bottle of sparkling Gazoz, I will be keen at any time of the day. For those who are wondering what Gazoz is, it’s a delicious beverage that’s basically made from the magical pool that unicorns and angels swim in. It looks like lemonade, tastes kind of like creaming soda, and is only lightly carbonated. Amazing.
Anyway, back to the point. Turkish food. I’d been to the Turkish Pide House in Woden a few times before for dinner over the last few years, I probably would have been there more often if it wasn’t for the Yarralumla Turkish Halal Pide House which is a bit closer to where I live. I was previously told that both these establishments are owned by the same family though, one brother owns the Yarralumla restaurant and another sibling owns the Woden restaurant I think.
I took myself off to Woden this week for lunch as I’d seen its lunch box specials advertised. This restaurant is part of Westfield located in the outdoor strip of eateries right next door to the Coles and Woolworths entrance of the shopping centre. I arrived around 1.00pm and there were about six people waiting for takeaway orders and the actual restaurant itself was probably one-third full which isn’t bad for a Monday lunch time. The lunch box options are takeaway only and include over ten options, split into several categories that cater to everyone’s tastes: low carb, healthy, tasty, and vegetarian. I probably should have gone with a healthy option but instead favoured my tastebuds over my waistline and ordered the chicken skewer option from the tasty menu.
About eight minutes later it was ready. I was a bit suprised when the employee passed my order to me – it was in a HUGE styrofoam box, I was expecting a plastic takeaway box. The actual meal was split into three components in the box: salad (regular garden salad with a splash of balsamic), sauce (garlic yoghurt with a bit of spice to it), and the biggest section had rice, a chicken skewer, and two pieces of Turkish bread. The meal also came with a can of drink.
It was really delicious. The salad was fresh and crisp and the chicken was cooked perfectly with amazing seasoning. It was a good balance overall and it filled me up, but I suspect some people might be a bit sad that there is only one chicken skewer included. Maybe not the place to visit if you’re after a big protein hit.
The lunch box special (including drink) cost just $11.50. Turkish Pide House also has a rewards system where you redeem one free lunch box for every ten purchased.
What: Woden Turkish Pide House
Where: 97-99 Corinna Street, Woden (part of Westfield Shopping Centre)
Opening hours: 10.30am to 9pm, seven days a week.