Sunday, 23 June 2013

Alaturka restaurant - Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine

Alaturka Restaurant ensconced humbly at the Bussorah Street may sound foreign to most Singaporeans. It is a halal restaurant that serves authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. 

As you walk into the restaurant, you will get to see decorative plates hanging on the wall, handpainted flower motifs adoring the brick walls, antique glass lamps and tea pots on the ceiling which will allow me to have conjuring thoughts of turkey in this setting. This is the private room seating area where we had out lunch. At Alaturka , you could choose to dine either indoors or outdoors. 

The menu consists of a wide variety of authentic Turkish cuisine ranging from appertisers to main courses and desserts. As for their drinks, I would highly recommend their homemade lemonade - a great combination of sweet and sour taste. Refreshing!

 Meze Tabagi $21

Meze Tabagi - an assortment of dips. 
A really great dish that you can get to try the different dips. 

This assorted platter of popular mezes consists of:
Mashed chickpeas blended with olive oil, Tahini, cummin, lemon juice and salt 

Eggplant and roasted garlic dip

Tomato sauce with egg plant, potatoes, green peppers, zucchini and garlic 
egg plant,potatoes,zucchini,green peppers and garlic

Patlican salata 
Mashed eggplant with olive oil, yoghurt, garlic and lemon juice

Tomatoes, red pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, spring onions

Potato Salad 

Dolma - stuffed vegetable dish can also be found in the assorted platter of mezes.  A very unique steamed food that is commonly seen in Balkans and surrounding regions like Middle East. 

Huge puffed Lavas topped with sesame seed which was akin to a naan, served piping hot from the oven was definitely a great companion to the dips. Two of my favourite are potato salad and patlican salata.

Suggested to slice the bread so that you will be able to consume this finger food easier! 

 Imam Bayildi  $15

Ever seen such a huge eggplant? Believe or not, this is my first time. I personally find this dish pretty interesting and decided to 'Google' it and indeed there's a rich story behind this dish. Imam Bayildi refers to "The imam fainted". It is said that an imam (Muslim priest) find the dish so special that after tasted it, he actually fainted. A story that is repeatedly spread across Turkey. 

As we sliced the eggplant, overflowing garlic and onions as well as diced of tomatoes can be seen. It was really soft and tender inside which I personally like it alot. 

Karisik Kebab $31 

A dish that you can try on three different meats - lamb chop, minced lamb, beef meatballs as well as chicken kebans. Those meat lover, you will surely thrilled for it. My pick would be the chicken kebans. A dish that is good for 2 - 3 people !

Adana Kebab $18

Skewered minced lamb and beef marinated with their traditional Turkish spices together with the rice, mixed vegetables and flat bread. The minced meat is really very tender! 

Haydari $7

Haydari - homemade yoghurt, herb and garlic dip. A special yogurt dip that has a texture similar to yogurt but slightly thicker. This dip definitely enchant my senses. 

The Turkish bread together with the dip was dense and it reminds me of a thick crust pizza.

Baklava $6.50

Do you know Turkish desserts are generally rich in flavours and are much more sweeter? Those with a sweet tooth, I'm sure you will be enthralled. Baklava, a Turkish pastry filled with pistachios and walnut, drizzled with syrup definitely makes a delectable treat. A really unique and sweeter kind of 'spring roll'. 

 Kunefe $9 

If you haven't tried the Kunefe from Alaturka restaurant on Bussorah Street, you are totally in for a treat. Kunefe - Fine vermicelli-like pastry dessert served warm and baked with cheese and sugar syrup. The aroma alone just simply makes my mouth water, as I indulge and try this luscious dessert, I know that my love affair with this delicious treat will be forever! No kidding. 

Lastly, to end off with the strong Turkish coffee to perk me up. As we tried on their coffee , the boss shared with us on how to determine a well-prepared Turkish coffee. It was really interesting to know that the cup of coffee with the most foam is considered to be the best lot and the grounds that is left after drinking it can also be used for fortune telling. 

Alaturka Turkish and Meiterranean Cuisine
16 Bussorah Street, S(199437)
Tel: 6294 0304

PS: Prices are subject to change, do hurry and check out their outlet before any increment.

Thanks for reading! 


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