Turkey in Lahore? Not really
In the hunt of finding authentic Turkish cuisine in Lahore, we didnt have a lot of options to choose from and this place turned out to be both feasible in area and sitting capacity. We chose this place and visited them recently with our Fnf Members.
Located on MM Alam Road, Turkish Restaurant occupies quite a great area spanning to two floors. As soon as you enter this place you get the cultural Arabic royal vibes, you see royal gowns hanging, a huge royal chair on side, brick walls, cultural Turkish lanterns , servers walking in their cultural attire; everything combines and gives you a very different than usual traditional feel from this place.
The menu was huge, it was all Turkish, had salads, soups, doner kebab, bbq, wraps, pide and desserts too. So full marks for Menu variety. We tried their Salad, Pide, some main courses and Kunafeh. Was the food as good as ambiance? Read ahead.
This was lots of vegetables, over-grilled hard chicken strips lying on a bed of purple cabbage leaves, spiced and flavored into a pickle-y pepper-ey vegetable-chicken mix salad. Enough in quantity, okay-ish in taste.
Cost: 399 Rs.
Pide Cheese Meat
Pide is a famous Turkish cuisine item, resembles to Pizzas but kind of different in shape. This Pide was all two things its name had, lots of meat and lot of cheese. The meat was super smelly and wouldn’t make you want to eat more of this pide. Rest, from the crispness and amount of cheese, this pide had nothing wrong except the smell of the meat.
Cost: 799 Rs.
Chicken Shish Wrap
This wrap was somewhat different, it was juicy the chicken was well cooked the red sauce added the needed spice level, the tortilla bread was thin and crisp too.
Cost: 390 Rs
Chicken Doner with Rice
Chicken Strips, some rice, fries and onions, all bland with equal to none or mild salty flavor. This was super bland and not for those expecting spicy or even mild chicken doner.
Cost: 790 Rs.
Mixed Grill Platter
This was a huge platter, on the name of mixed it had lamb meat and chicken grilled/bbq items. The lamb items again smelt pretty bad and we couldn’t taste them, the chicken items were however okay. The chicken piece was mild spiced but flavorful, bbq chicken tikka boti had a hot-spicy different than usual kind of flavor. This platter came with raita, bread and sauces. The serving was quiet huge, enough for 3-4 people.
Cost: 3450 Rs.
Kanafeh is a famous Arabic dessert, made with sticky shreddy kanafeh pastry with gooey sweet cheese inside it and chopped pistachio. This version of Kanafeh we had at this place merely matched the description, the pastry tasted like oil dipped vermicelli (sawaiyyan), though it was perfectly sweetened but the amount of oil it would make you think twice before your second bite.
Cost: 595 Rs.
The service was great, food was served right in time.
Turkish Food vs Pakistani Taste buds:
The food served to us, and the menu overall was a bit too meat-y, dominated by meat items, the flavors of most of the items were similar, mild or bland or very less spiced. When compared to somebody who goes in with love for Pakistani cuisine, this place would not meet your expectations of chatkharay-dar food you are used to of. Those who have a thing for Turkish cuisines, might like it if this place somehow improves their meat processing, and starts adding flavors to their items which atleast help people distinguish one menu item form other.
Turkish restaurant delivers the ambiance its supposed to deliver, the service is great and just dining there is an experience itself, the food and taste however can be improved. You can have your full meal here in 800-1200 Rs.