Lamb, chicken, Middle Eastern salads and grilled flatbreads are the mainstays of the halaal menu here. Tender cumin chicken wings with a pomegranate-flavoured dipping sauce will start you off on the right note. Grilled meals are served with rice flatbreads and three mini salads, which you choose from a selection that includes unusual melon and feta; apple and cucumber; and strawberry and avocado. There’s also traditional meze such as tabouleh, tahini, tzatzki and baba ghanoush.
It would be a mistake to miss out on the marinated lamb roasting away outside so order the Cag kebab, which features thin slivers of the lamb on a skewer with chopped onion, cucumber and tomato. For vegetarians there’s a vegetable llatter with grilled baby marrow, brinjals, mushrooms and potatoes; pumpkin curry with a coconut base; and a haloumi wrap.
Ask your waitress about the off-menu desserts which include malva pudding, Italian kisses and vanilla cannoli tubes. But it’s the baklava – honey-drenched cases of crispy phyllo filled with chopped nuts and served with ice cream – that is the must-have.
Quench your thirst with one of several unusual mocktails with flavours like watermelon and basil, cucumber and ginger, and Turkish Delight. There are also cooldrinks and juices.
Friendly and efficient.
Walking into this casual restaurant is like stepping into a busy kebab house in Istanbul. The narrow interior with several tables leads past the huge grill into a courtyard filled with the mouthwatering aroma of roasting lamb. Posters of Istanbul, Turkish tiles and the cosmopolitan crowd reinforce the feeling that you’re in a far more exotic locale than suburban Norwood.
The courtyard is sunny, even in winter. Ditch your plans for a Sunday braai at home. Pick a table in the courtyard and share a meze platter with friends while watching your next course turning on the wood-fired spit.
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A newcomer to the strip of eateries on Grant Avenue, 47 on Grant brings the earthy and spicy flavours of Turkish fusion food to the cultural melting pot that is Norwood. The restaurant, true to Turkish culinary tradition, has a menu with a wide array of simple but colourful and tasty dishes for each course. As my mom and I sipped our lovely complimentary Turkish tea, the waitron walked us through the menu items, explaining how each of them were made and the interesting names of the dishes – some of which are named after Turkish towns. For instance, among their kebabs, they have Adana kebab, named after the southern Turkey city, and Urfa, named after Şanlıurfa, in south-eastern Turkey. Their starters comprise a variety of traditional meals such as hummus, tahini, baba ghanoush, and corba soup of lamb and lentils. While we were deliberating over which starters to have, one of the restaurant managers came over to our table to give us a taste of the lamb he was preparing over the charcoal in the claypot oven, explaining that it was for the cağ kebab, which was the special of the day. This popular Turkish dish immediately won our hearts with that one mouthful. My mom loves simply made and tasty food, and I do enjoy my lamb, so the choice was an easy one. The waitron explained that the cağ kebab special came with a choice of four starter and/or salad dishes each, so we decided to skip starters and go for the special. As we waited for our food, we admired the vegetable garden surrounding the outdoor area of the restaurant where we were seated. The same gentleman preparing our lamb was the same person who had tended the garden so lovingly, and he was eager to show us what he had planted. We were especially impressed by the tomatoes, mielies, okra, spinach and watermelon, which seemed to be thriving.
It was not long before our order arrived: two cağ kebabs served with red onions, sliced tomatoes and savoury bulgur rice, and our side dishes: hummus, tzatziki, tahini, baba ghanoush, ezme salad, tabouleh, watermelon-and-feta salad, mango salsa and flatbread.
The spread looked like a feast fit for an emperor and we tucked in with enthusiasm. Although the well-seasoned lamb was the favourite from the start, we found that the mango salsa with its unusually spicy flavour, and the refreshing watermelon-and-feta salad equally stood out.
Just as we thought we were done eating, the warm and gracious waitron brought out a second serving of flatbread and cağ kebab, leaving us utterly satisfied with our meal.
The only disappointment was that our eyes were bigger than our stomachs – we ate the main course with such fervour that we left no room for desserts. But with the weather being so warm and lovely, we found ourselves disinclined to leave, so we ordered more tea and juice, promising each other that we would be back for the divine desserts: Ferrero Rocher, death by chocolate, red velvet and rice pudding, amongst other freshly baked mini cakes.
Welcoming and pleasant.
The combination of the plants and simple black table décor outdoors makes 47 on Grant feel very homey and comfortable. The inside is just as inviting and also has genuine Turkish goods such as Turkish delight and olives for sale.
47 on Grant offers exactly what the multicultural Norwood community needs: Authentic, tasty Turkish fusion food.