Turkish cuisine conjures up a heavy use of cinnamon, rose, and well-flavoured meats. The newly-opened Lokum il Caffe on John Dalton street, however, offer a modern introduction to this Middle-Eastern country. Now how about a burek pastry with feta cheese, or Turkish bagel simit?
Lokum il' offers artisan food stuffs (Italian biscotti, Ritter Sport white chocolate studded with hazelnuts), but this new café possesses and an air of difference to the artisan café's that are popping up on the high street. I can't put my finger on it, but Lokum il' has a that je ne sais quo that draws you in.
Possibly because it is a Turkish café (and there aren't many in Manchester city centre), possibly because there are classic novels hanging from the ceiling amongst the lights, or quite possibly I'm just a little drawn to Lokum il Caffe because of their food and drink is way above average, yet their prices are low. (£1.60 for a mug of tea, £2.00 for coffee, savoury pastries start from £2.00, cakes, sweet pastries and biscotti start from 70p). Happy days.
Their muffins are massive. Huge versions of the classic red velvet cupcake, mini cinnamon swirls (!), pastries and a variety of Turkish treats from traditional Turkish beverages, to less known, but gradually popularising rose water beverages.
That said the coffee is very good. I suggest the Caffe Turco, which is Turkish coffee that has a sweet, cardamom flavour. If you prefer more familiar coffee they serve Espresso (£1.25-£1.80), Caffe Americano (2.50-2.75), Latte's and Cappuccino, and a Moccachino (£2.35-2.85).