A La Turka - Westgate
At A La Turka you’ll find delicious Turkish fare. The recipes used originate from a city in the south-eastern part of Turkey named Gaziantep, known by locals as a food paradise. The restaurants are owned by Gaziantep-native Mehmet, who wanted to bring authentic Turkish cuisine to Kent. In the kitchen at each of the three restaurants, you’ll find a member of his family proudly preparing locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes that are sure to delight even the most discerning of diners.
We visited the branch on St Dunstans Street, and were thoroughly impressed with our dining experience. Upon entry we were greeted by rustic decor, with brightly coloured rugs adorning brick walls, and a warm glow coming from the log-burning stove. A smiling waitress showed us to our table before presenting us with the comprehensive menu. After settling on a Turkish white wine that received a gold award at the 2016 Sommelier Wine Awards, we perused the varied menu. From the selection we nibbled roasted aubergine in creamy yoghurt, fresh squid that was fried and served with tartare sauce, falafel with hummus, and huge aubergines stuffed with roasted vegetables. Everything was delicious, with colours, flavours and textures combining to delight our tastebuds. To follow I plumped for the chicken shish from the list of house specials, which comprised succulent pieces of spiced chicken drizzled in yoghurt. It was incredible, and despite our generous first course, I ate every bite. Meanwhile, my husband devoured the vegetarian kebab – a medley of grilled vegetables paired with a moreish chef’s special sauce and served atop a bed of rice. We couldn’t leave without trying dessert, and so shared an apple pie, which was partnered with creamy Italian gelato.
After our exemplary evening, I would recommend you visit one of the branches and sample A La Turka’s offering for yourself soon.