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I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend so far! It's been so long since I've done a restaurant review and this time I'm coming at you guys with Turkish cuisine in Colombo. When I was invited to Ankara to review their menu I was quite excited as I hadn't tasted Turkish food before. Before I get in to the review I need to tell you that I cannot compare the food I had at Ankara to Turkish food as I have not tried Authentic Turkish food before. This review is purely my opinion of Ankara and the experience I had.
As we entered we were greeted well even though one of the staff members wasn't aware that I was there for a review he was quite polite and welcoming. It's always nice to walk in to a restaurant and to be greeted by friendly staff. It has a huge impact of the experience you could have when staff are trained well. The first thing I noticed was the wall art in Ankara, that is all hand painted by a local artist. Each wall had a different pattern on it which made the restaurant look quite interesting. I asked the waiter to recommend us some of their best dishes as I was quite clueless about Turkish cuisine and he suggested we went with a kebab and tried either the hummus or stuffed mushrooms.
Hummus - The hummus comes with two types of bread that you can chose from. After living in Abu Dhabi for so long I know what good hummus taste like so I was excited to review this starter. I have to say that I did enjoy the hummus and the soft bread that comes with it. The consistency wasn't to thick or to runny and we definitely enjoyed the flavor as well. If you're someone who likes hummus or someone who would like to try hummus for the first time, mention 'loveplate' to your waiter to get 20% off lunch and 10% off dinner!
Avocado drink & Turkish drink - I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the drinks too. I preferred the avocado and my sister preferred the other, it's also a tall generous glass full of your drink which is worth the price too! I liked the Avocado shake better because it also comes with ice cream, a drink and dessert in one.
Grilled Prawn Kebab - Since I am a pescatarian I ordered the prawn kebab. We were told that sea food is not their strongest compared to the lamb or chicken options but in our opinion the grilled prawn kebab was better than the lamb kebabs. It also comes with Turkish rice and a salad so it's a pretty filling dish when eaten with the two prawn kebabs. The salad had strong flavors that I enjoyed along side my prawns, however I do feel like the rice could have had more flavor to it as I had to keep topping it with gravy. The prawns are a big yes from me though!
Minced Lamb Kebab - This is a dish worth the price, as two people could easily share the lamb kebabs. My sister ordered this dish and she definitely had to mix the kebab with the rice as it was a bit on to the salty side. It comes with a side of onions and a salad which I think you definitely have to mix all the elements together to tone down the salt in the kebab. The portion of this dish is quite large which is brilliant if you want to share a dish. They have a number of different kebabs to chose from their menu, so if you do want to try out the kebabs at Ankara make sure to use my discount code!
Turkish Rice - The rice is something we wanted to try in order to review more varieties from their menu. The portion of the rice is quite large as well which could be easily shared between three or four people depending on the quantity you eat. I wish there was a little more flavor in the rice to compliment the grilled prawn and lamb kebabs. If you do order a rice you might have to get a dish that has gravy along side it as the rice tends to get a little dry.
Even though we were so full after all these dishes we were asked to try their home made ice cream and baklava after we were given a tour of the restaurant. Ankara has private rooms which you can rent for birthdays or special dinners, to enjoy your privacy and snack on Turkish food. There is also a shisha lounge within the restaurant if you want to hang out with your friends and sip on a cup of Turkish coffee.
Ice Cream and Baklava - This was another one of my favorite dishes I tried during the review. It had a blueberry flavor to it, topped with a strawberry. I'm personally not a fan of baklava but my sister did like it. For those of you who are not familiar with baklava it is layers of sweet dessert pastry which is rich, filled with chopped nuts and held together with syrup or honey. I could never do pastry and sweet together, unless it was danish pastries. If you have not tried baklava before make sure to stop by at Ankara and let me know whether you like it or not and don't forget to use my discount code - loveplate.
I know many of you visited Ankara and used my discount code and I heard mostly good feedback from most of you and a lot of you asked me how to use my discount code. All you have to do it mention 'loveplate' to a waiter at Ankara and he will reduce 20% off your bill for lunch and 10% off your bill for dinner.
I hope you all have an amazing sunday and if I don't speak to you guys again soon, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!