A flourish of waiters descend on our table with a vast range of beautiful starter/mezze dishes, each one bright, vibrant and just calling out to be eaten. Some of the dishes were familiar from my trips to Istanbul a few years ago, immediately images of the Haghia Sophia and Topkapi Palace slip back into my head, memories of wandering the streets of Istanbul, eating delicious kebabs, cooling down with fresh pistachio ice-cream and almost drowning in the readily available beautiful mint tea whilst haggling for gifts in the Grand Bazaar come flooding back. Istanbul is a must do, for travel and foodie lovers alike and is on my list of ‘must do again‘ too. Istanbul is fusion of two continents – Europe on one side of the river Bosphorus and Asia on the other. Voted as the winner of Trip Advisor Travellers choice destination for 2013 Istanbul is just a short 4 1/2 hour flight from Dubai.
But let me take you back to Turkish Village, a independently owned restaurant in Jumeirah situated next to Spinneys and the Lime Tree. Beautifully decorated with lots of traditional turkish artefacts and decorations and spread over 2 floors with a large roof terrace a smaller first floor terrace, outdoor ground terrace and a number of private dining areas this popular restaurant is open for business. A short tour of the restaurant reveals that as well as the dining, there is also a small shop decked out with traditional turkish food treats and some pretty jewellery, turkish tea and coffee sets and other ornaments which had me somewhat captivated until I was reminded that it was time to eat.
Savouring each mouthful, these beautiful mezzes were scooped up in a pillow of fluffy white arabic bread, lip smackingly good flavoursome dishes eliciting a very happy sigh from me as I savoured each taste. If nothing else was brought out to the table, I declared that I would be happy and content and would leave Turkish Village with a big smile on my face.
The restaurant had other ideas though and soon after the mezzes and salads were cleared away, we were treated to a metre, yes you read that right, a meter of Konya Bread with Meat. Juicy and moist meat delivered on taste and I would happily order this again. We were then treated to a Turkish Village’s signature dish of a meter of Urfa Kebab . Delivered on a long platter and raised on wooden blocks taking up the entire length of the table, this tasty kebab was both succulent, tasty and moreish. Served with grilled tomatoes and char grilled chillies for those who like it hot, it was a perfect turkish treat. The lamb Donner Kebab was great too, deliciously moist it packed a punch in terms of flavour (though this time I wasn’t eating it bare footed on the way home from a night club, heels in my hands and slightly tipsy ….oops ! that’s memories of the UK !
For dessert we were treated to the Sultan Mixed Dessert Platter, including Pumpkin Dessert, White Pudding and Creme Caramel. My absolute favourite was the Kunefe which was one of the best I have ever tasted. Crunchy, not overly sweet this was truly a memorable Kunefe and I will return for that alone. Turkish Tea and Coffee with a takeaway box of Turkish Delight (available to buy in store) finished a very enjoyable foodie evening at Turkish Village.
Thanks to Turkish Village for hosting this blogger event.