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Anatoli Turkish Restaurant

6 Reviews
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0214192501 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6:00pm - 10:30pm

Menu

Details

Cost
R180 avg main meal
Food
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian
Corkage
R100 per bottle
Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

24 Napier Street De Waterkant, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

John Maytham

Food

The starter options for the night are brought on a tray to the table and explained by the waiter – there were 18 cold, and four hot, options on the evening of our visit. Each looked equally tempting, but we were very satisfied with the choices we made, even though we couldn’t quite shrug off a FOMO feeling.

The baba ganoush and dolmades were exquisitely prepared and tasty; the phyllo pastry cigars refreshingly non-oily and filled with a redolent mix of spinach and feta; and the lamb liver as scrumptious as I’ve ever eaten. The mains options are offered buffet-style – a variety of lamb, chicken and vegetarian stews, and lamb and chicken kebabs. The lamb rib stew was a happy choice – very tender meat in an unctuous gravy, and a portion large enough to satisfy on the night and provide leftovers for home consumption. The chicken kebab was less successful – the chicken a little over-cooked and dry. And the rice served with both showed the signs of having spent quite a long time in the warmer – it had lost its fluff.

The chocolate pot is the favourite dessert, but the poached quince with creamy yoghurt and the baklava also have their devoted adherents.

Drinks

The wine list is decent – some familiar brands interspersed with more individualistic brands like Trizanne Signature Wines and Alvis’s Drift and Luddite. Pity the by-the-glass selection is so bland. There is a very good craft beer inventory, and the cocktail options – like the Turkish Rose martini, Tears of Istanbul, Turkish Blues – are temptingly named.

Service

Anatoli generally has a decent reputation for friendly service, so perhaps our waiter was having a bad night. He was efficient enough, but rather perfunctory and disengaged.

Ambience

The bar at the entrance is cosy and welcoming; the décor is pleasingly regional, and the lighting and Turkish music make for an authentic visit to another culture.

And…

The mezze plate is the highlight of the evening, so go with a large crowd and feast on all the options.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Absolutely delicious! Don't skimp on the meze, it's amazingly delicious! Mains were great, highly recommend the lamb kebab over the lamb shank-better spices and flavour overall. The decor is beautiful and the waiters are great. An absolute must!
    Absolutely wonderful! A simple concept with great execution. There isn't really a "menu" to order from: for starters, the waiter will bring over a huge tray with the broad selection of mezze-style dishes (hummus, halloumi, Taramasalata, lamb liver, kofta and much much more.) - take straight from the tray. Mains are authentic and tasty with just the right amount of spice. Service is attentive, knowledgeable and very friendly. The ambience is cosy and the restaurant is filled with authentic Turkish art, crockery and decor. Forget after-dinner "endearmints': grab proper Turkish Delight on your way out!

    Simply delicious food. We selected several things from the tempting bowls on the meze platter - the lamb's liver was richly, wonderfully lamb-y, nicely spiced, and converted even the offal-fearing at our table. The filo pastry cigars filled with feta and spinach were crisp and scrumptious. For mains, the winner of the night was the rolled deboned lamb ribs, which are cooked in a tomatoey sauce. The intensity of flavour was everything you dream about when you order a lamb dish. The lamb shank was slightly less powerfully intense, but still succulent and juicy. The chicken moussaka was okay - a little quiet in comparison to the punchy flavours of the other dishes. Our puddings - creme caramel - were a little burnt on the bottom, which gave them a slightly bitter taste. However, the mains were so glorious, I'm still giving them a 5 for food.

    One of my best experiences of Cape Town. Not a professional in this food commentary field but the experience was authentic...The Mezze Platter was a delightful surprise on the taste buds. The staff were so professionally and even made sure we didn't leave without sweets! The desserts refined my take on #Turkishdelights!
    Some of the items we had like the bread and one of the dips for starter was good. The dolmades were bland.

    The main course lamb was tasteless however the kebab was ok.

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