Ala turka is a Mediterranean dining experience that stimulates all your senses. The large menu designed for sharing is filled with delectable dishes from Turkey, Greece and Morocco. The menu is divided into set menus, which are used for groups of people and events, and the a la carte menu that caters for individual guests. The set menus have interesting names like The Emperor, Gypsy, Sultan or Ottoman menu, each of which offer a wide range of small dishes that are served as starters, mains and dessert.
For starters try the meat Borek, a dish made of spiced ground beef with herbs and feta cheese, stuffed into Lebanese bread, served with cucumber tzatziki. Or order a cold starter like the Dolmades – piquantly seasoned rice with pine nuts, currants, herbs and spices, all wrapped in vine leaves and served with yoghurt.
For mains try the mixed kebab for one, a meat lover’s platter of chicken, lamb and meatball kebabs served with pickles and pilaf rice. For a light meal, try the Arabian beef salad of marinated beef strips, toasted sesame seeds, olives, chopped tomato, cucumber and peppers, served with a chilli, cumin, olive oil and lemon dressing.
The dessert menu is a Persian feast of baklava, halva and Turkish delight. The Turkish delight ice-cream is a combination of rose water and creamy vanilla. Served with fresh fruit and pieces of Turkish delight sweets, it’s the perfect ending to a sensual feast of flavour.
A'la Turka has an extensive range of well-priced local wines, beers and international champagnes. All their dishes have been paired with local South African wines as part of the dining experience. Upon entering the restaurant, guests are greeted with sparkling rose water, a Persian inspired drink that transports you into the sensory pleasure of A’la Turka.
The service is friendly, warm and welcoming. The waiters, dressed in red Turkish hats, fit in perfectly with the décor and the restaurant’s theme. They are very knowledgeable about the food and wine, and also make good menu recommendations.
The décor and Turkish music transports you to an exotic foreign land filled with priceless antiques, Persian carpets, beautiful lanterns and comfortable floor pillows, which are scattered across the Ottoman and Beirut tents. It’s reminiscent of a Persian harem, complete with exotic belly dancers.
A’la Turka is the perfect venue for celebrating special occasions or for a unique dining experience.
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