When it's two o'clock in the morning, after a long night of work or clubbing and drinking, just about anything sounds good. Fried chicken, unmentionably greasy pizza, and a Londoner favourite: the kebab. Cappadocia is known by many in Kingston Upon Thames as the best kebab in town, but after a recent visit, I discovered it was so much more.
Prior to serving its late-night crowd of club-goers at the back of the building, Cappadocia is a romantically lit, cozy restaurant. The open kitchen and general ambience is appropriate to the authentic Turkish food, with flaming main courses and a wide selection of wine and spirits. The staff is well-dressed and attentive (although perhaps too attentive at times: we were there on a Monday night, and it was rather slow). Menu options vary from the familiar to the unpronounceable, but they share one thing in common - they are all delicious.
One friend ordered the Testi (Chef's Special), red wine marinated beef served in a flaming clay pot. I opted for the Zencefilli Tavuk, a mouthwatering spread of chicken and pilaf. The other two ordered the exquisitely spiced salmon.
Our only regret was that we were far to full to enjoy one of the many desserts on offer. It isn't easy to impress my friend's father, the benefactor for our evening out, but Cappadocia certainly did the trick. For fantastic food at a reasonable price, a pleasant atmosphere in a comfortable environment, this restaurant is a wonderful choice.