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A visit to A'la Turka is like being transported to a Turkish Sultan’s castle for an exotic feast. It’s all about the Middle Eastern experience – not only the food, but also the décor, atmosphere, entertainment (in the form of belly dancers at night) and the magnificent setting.
On the food front, they have a few three-course menus as well as an à la carte menu, all featuring typically Greek, Turkish and Lebanese fare. The menus range in price from R280 to R350 and are made to share – most are made up of a variety of starters and mains, enabling you to try a whole range of dishes. And unless you have an enormous appetite, there’s still ample left over to take home.
The Emperor’s Menu offers a variety of cold starters, like tzatziki, tabouleh, hummus and vegetarian dolmades – all served with the most delicious warm home-made pita bread. Mains included some very spicy kofte (meatballs), tasty lamb and chicken kebabs, borek (spinach and feta wrapped in phyllo pastry) and dolmades stuffed with meat, rice, herbs and spices and drizzled with garlic yoghurt.
You’re certainly spoilt for choice at A’la Turka, which has a massive wine menu. They specialise in various estates, including Spier, Muratie, La Bri, Glen Carlou, Neil Ellis, Darling Cellars, Rietvallei and Altydgedacht. Sparkling wines are available, from high-end to entry level. They also serve various liqueurs, spirits and ciders. On the non-alcoholic front, try their rose water or Turkish apple chai for something different.
From the moment you arrive and are greeted with drinks in the courtyard, service is friendly and helpful. In the day it’s a bit slower than at night.
Set in the beautiful Yadah Castle, A’la Turka feels typically Middle Eastern with lush furnishings, wooden features, beautiful lanterns and exotic-looking day beds. There are different seating areas – from private rooms to a main restaurant area flowing onto a veranda and outdoor tables in summer. Go in the day if you want to explore the castle and spa with all its nooks and crannies, or try night-time if you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience complete with belly dancers, Turkish music, twinkling lights and vibrant atmosphere.
A visit to A’la Turka may not be cheap (keep in mind that they add on a fee when they have belly dancers, plus a 10% gratuity), but for special occasions or a once-off unique Middle Eastern dining experience, it’s worth it.
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