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A’la Turka Speciality Restaurant

A’la Turka Speciality Restaurant
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  • Location 011 203 4044 or 011 203 4605
  • Phone Number Yadah Castle, 1522 Sterkfontein Avenue, Doringkloof East, Pretoria
  • email info@alaturka.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.alaturka.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 11.30am to 5pm

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm till close

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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
Greek, Middle Eastern, Modern, Turkish
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
This establishment has been around for almost a decade, but may how finally have found the right home for their extravagant dining experience. Set in what appears to be a castle, they have upped the game with their Turkish-slanted décor, with the menu equal to the task. The choices are wide-ranging and they have different menu options with portions that stretch much further than they might suggest. With their own gardens, the breads and pitas all freshly made, hummus that could be Turkish, Lebanese or Greek, it’s a feast. For a luxurious affair, select their high-end menu titled the Ottoman Table (R295 per person), which could easily stretch to two with a few add-ons. It starts with a meze including tzaziki, tabbouleh, hummus, kizartma (a glorious mix of lightly fried carrots, potato, green and red pepper and aubergine, blended with garlic, yogurt and paprika, herbs and olive oil), dolmades and baba ganoush. The next platter is dominated by meat, including doner kebabs with sliced lamb and beef on hot pita with yogurt, shish kebab (lamb skewer) and Adana kebab (minced leg of lamb) and Tavuk shish kebab, which is a delicious chicken on a skewer. Add to that Devine borek (spinach and feta wrapped in phyllo) and you’re done for the night. Then there’s more. You have to conclude with something sweet like a traditional baklava and for extra punch, a Turkish coffee.

Drinks
From the Krone Borealis Brut Vintage Cap Classique to a more swanky Moët & Chandon if you’re celebrating. They support a number of wine estates like Spier, Muratie, Glen Carlou and Boekenhoutskloof, or you could quietly get in the mood with a still or sparkling rosewater. The list is excellent, with many different price options.

Service
Dressed for the part with a red fez to finish the look, staff members are informed, on the ball and quick to help with anything you might need.

Ambience
First decide how you want to spend the meal. You can do it inside in the larger dining room where magic is created with the switch of 40 light bulbs, on the balcony with spectacular sunsets and views of the Gauteng horizon, outside around a festive table, or an intimate table for two in a secluded spot in the garden. Or perhaps in one of the many private dining spaces, which might include lounging on richly coloured cushions while you sip at your wine and receive a spectacular meal. That’s just for dinner. There are many different options, from a Turkish breakfast to a brunch. Or if you want to entertain a group of special friends, speak to the owners about kitchen teas and conference facilities.

And…
There are many shopping opportunities, from clothes to jewellery, they’re also opening a hammam (Turkish bath) and in the future, a 200-seater theatre.

(August 2015)

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  • Kristia van Heerden

    Book a special room with a long table, sit on the floor, enjoy a belly dancing show and smoke a hukkah with a cup of Turkish coffee after dinner. An exotic and unique experience, combining the exotic with the everyday. Delightful for a special occasion or a vibey Friday / Saturday night. The meze platter is fresh, fragrant and delicious. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • HOW COOL that this restaurant has employed a transgender dancer! I think its great considering how times have changed! I would never say that lovely redhead with the six pack was a man before. You guys rock. Place is pretty, servic is ok and the food is good. good job.
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  • What an amazing restaurant. the décor, food and service was excellent. We went on a Tuesday evening, so it wasn't busy, but please go and see for yourselves, its a great venue for large groups, or small who want to experience something completely different.... and they also have an amazing wine selection.
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  • We were a large crowd and celebrated a birthday in one of the private dining areas. The food was delicious, the ambience lovely and the experience awesome. The venue is truly beautiful. Our guests all enjoyed the evening!
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  • Terrible experience. No service, disgusting food and zore ambience. If you like to wait hours for terrible service and get ineatable food, then this is the place for you. Expensive as hell with the odacity to include a service charge!!! Don't waste your well earned money on this.
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  • Written by Anastasia on Nov. 18, 2014 A Venue in a Class of its own... A'la Turka Restaurant @ Yadah Castle Has been a Exquisite Experience, I was a guest at the Year End Function for I @ Consulting firm Saturday 15 November, and it was a beautiful Elaborate Affair. The Guest of honor arrived in a limousine, all the Guests were in tuxedo's, suits and Stunning cocktail dresses. The tables were set beautifully with priceless brass centre pieces and lavish red rose bouquets and more. The food was fresh, unique and lovely, to say the least. As for entertainment, it was a mind blow, from authentic Bellydancers, they also ha strictly come Dancing team and the blue room singers,excellent , excellent, excellent entertainment. The Beautiful castle setting, It truly is an out of this world experience for Pretoria. Thank you Ala Turka for excelling our expectations on all levels and I @Consuling for choosing the classiest venue and the exceptional Babor gift sets and The Carrol Boyes signature gifts....A Fabulously Classy Event. A MILLION THANX ..MERRY CHRISTMAS xxx ​ E-mail: anastasia@gmail.com
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Facilities

  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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