Turkish Yarra Kebabs bring their big taste to Belco

Michelle Taylor 17 September 2019 60
Turkish food

The classic Yarra kebab has crossed the lake to Belconnen. Photos: Michelle Taylor.

Get excited, Belconians! Canberra’s best-known Turkish food is now at your doorstep!

Yes, the folks behind Yarralumla Turkish Pide House have launched their second restaurant. Ensconced on the corner of ‘restaurant row’, the side of Lathlain St that hugs Westfield, Belco Halal Kebabs & Pizzeria flung its doors open two weeks ago and the response has been massive.

“The first week was a big hit, we weren’t expecting it,” owner and chef Ugur told Region Media. “We thought we could start slow!”

Ugur slicing some chicken.

How quickly word spread might have surprised Ugur, but he’d be the only one. Established in 2002, the hallmark of his restaurant is its flavoursome, generous dishes and strong word-of-mouth patronage.

Upbeat Turkish music greets me as I walk in. Every surface gleams, from its exotic light fixtures to the delicate Turkish pattern on the ceramic tiles.

An extensive menu stretches out over the order area, easy to read and heralding new dishes.

The pide/pizza fusion range catches my eye. They’re familiar pizza flavours on a Turkish pide.

Halal Pizza menu.

Serving up pide with an Italian pizza twist is new to Belco Halal Kebabs & Pizzeria.

Ugur’s fresh take on fried chicken – HFC – looks finger-licking good: crumbed chicken pieces, seasoned with Turkish spices and deep-fried.

Fans of the original Yarralumla Turkish Pide House won’t be disappointed, either.

Old favourites like the original Halal Snack Box have come to Belconnen, so bring on those meat-packed kebabs, banquets and pides.

Diners can eat inside and watch the chefs slicing succulent meats from large vertical rotisseries or relax outside. We order and sit outside. Told my order would take 15 minutes, I set a timer. When I walk back in (a minute early), they’re calling my name. Impressive!

A chicken HSB (Halal Snack Box).

We order some HFC, an HSB (Halal Snack Box) and a meat lovers pizza.

The HFC has a satisfying crunch and the meat is juicy. If you want the coating to be crisp, specify that you want sauces on the side. The chips come seasoned with chicken salt and gooey with cheese.

Ordering a meat lovers pizza is a first for me. I prefer supreme, a melody of pizza toppings to stimulate my tastebuds. While our pide/pizza had the usual meatlovers ingredients, the drizzle of herb oil added magic.

And the crust? Bellissimo! Pide is the PERFECT pizza crust. I could just eat the crust on its own all day long.

The HSB is a layer of chips, melted cheese, with the rest of the space in the container crammed full of meat and topped with generous dollops of sauce. It’s more a meal than a snack.

Belco Halal Kebabs & Pizzeria.

Belco Halal Kebabs & Pizzeria is located at Shop 328A, Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain St, and will soon be offering delivery and catering services.

To place an order, call 02 6253 2928. Find out more on their website or follow them on Facebook.

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60 Responses to Turkish Yarra Kebabs bring their big taste to Belco
Penny Davy Penny Davy 9:39 am 21 Sep 19

Greg Davy you will love this

Raffy Sgroi Raffy Sgroi 8:31 pm 20 Sep 19

Best ever! Well done guys 🎉

Teagan Erin Teagan Erin 1:15 pm 20 Sep 19

Dusty are these the good ones?

Jeremy Harrison Jeremy Harrison 6:19 am 20 Sep 19

Cassie shops are heaps better. Customer service sucks there!

Veronica Wass Veronica Wass 7:28 pm 19 Sep 19

Michael Simms you don't have to worry about not getting them when at work. You can get it for dinner boo yeah lol.

Now for them to open in Googong....

But that's a while away...

Tanja Mirkovic Tanja Mirkovic 6:41 pm 19 Sep 19

Joseph Madden Dominic Cooper a reason to go to Belconnen??

Helmut Zeller Helmut Zeller 6:39 pm 19 Sep 19

I’m in too😊😊😊😊

Shannon Gardner Shannon Gardner 3:54 pm 19 Sep 19

Their quality isn't what it was 5 years ago. I won't buy them until they fix that and their customer service.

    Belinda Read Belinda Read 10:09 pm 19 Sep 19

    Shannon Gardner it's OK.. We found a better kabab shop!

Angelo Da Silveira Mesquita Angelo Da Silveira Mesquita 9:42 pm 18 Sep 19

Great News

Jim Reid Jim Reid 8:43 pm 18 Sep 19

Jonathan you don't have to be a pig at Yarra anymore ....you can just go to the local now ! Cheering

    Jonathan Wick Jonathan Wick 8:45 pm 18 Sep 19

    Jim Reid you don’t understand how excited I am that it’s coming further north

Samantha Miranda Samantha Miranda 7:29 pm 18 Sep 19

Miguel Miranda we should try this

Ariane Brewer Ariane Brewer 7:11 pm 18 Sep 19

Michelle Crowe next dinner?? 😁😁

Markus Bruun Markus Bruun 5:43 pm 18 Sep 19

Sweeeet looooordy!!!! Peta Bruun-Bryan!!!!

Lulu Pinkus Lulu Pinkus 4:37 pm 18 Sep 19

Try the Turkish place at the Charnwood shops. Their kebabs are better.

Fe Fe Fe Fe 3:36 pm 18 Sep 19

Yeeeesssth!!! I don’t need to go to Yarralumla now 🥳🥳

Mark Heinrich Mark Heinrich 1:47 pm 18 Sep 19

They won’t taste the same that far north ...

Kyeen Grivas Kyeen Grivas 1:40 pm 18 Sep 19

Eric Green our friend Ugur

Shah Hajil Shah Hajil 1:11 pm 18 Sep 19

Baber halal for you in Belco! haha

Victoria Joan Victoria Joan 12:48 pm 18 Sep 19

Excellent! Best kebabs anywhere!

Rachel Gabellone Rachel Gabellone 11:33 am 18 Sep 19

Adrian Gab dinner on Friday?

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