The menu is small and concise, yet bursting with flavour, with a Turkish wine list to match. We selected a starter to share, a main each, and the house wine, Turkish red. The wine was what struck me first; full bodied and delicious, even the house red was miles above the watery European fair usually served, and made me wonder why Turkish wines have yet to hit the mainstream.
For starters, we chose Patlican, Biber, Kabak. A traditional combination of flavours with heavy notes of garlic, chargrilled aubergines, peppers and courgettes, spicy tomato sauce, and yoghurt to diffuse the heat. The portion was large for the price, at £4.99. If I return, I would be tempted to create a mezze platter of just starters.
For mains, we chose a mains portion of Kalamar; tasty morsels of deep fried squid, lemon, mayonnaise, and a fiery chilli/tomato sauce, for a Turkish twist on a basic classic. All served with a shot of Raki to get the night off to a winner.
However, my favourite dish was their take on a Lamb Shish Kebab. Instead of minced lamb, marinated, chargrilled prime cuts of lamb lay on a hefty helping of bulgar, with a side of chilli/tomato sauce. A hit of spice permeated through the dish, from the garlic and chilli based marinade, to the fiery hunks of chilli that intermingle with rich tomato in the sauce, to the classic Turkish spice mix that is dusted through the bulgar. At £14.99, the portion is large, and with the heavy hand of spice, it is sure to last you a while.