Kapadokya Turkish Kitchen is a recently opened Turkish restaurant in the Rose Park Hotel facing Sheikh Zayed Rd on the fringe of Barsha. It gets its name, but little else, from the Cappadocia region in central Turkey. The interior of the restaurant is handsomely decorated with beautiful Turkish fixtures and tiles creating an authentic ambience.
We were there to try two things, the Köfte and the Manti, both of which I was told were amazing. We started with a colourful (cold) Mezze Plate, my favourite of which was the Spicy Ezme Salad.
I am not a big fan of cheese-filled köfte and therefore ordered their majestically named Sultan Ahmed Köfte which is a very generous seven (short) sticks of köfte, tomato rice, grilled tomato and onion salad – very nice indeed, the köfte tasting deliciously seared, rustic and lamby (in a good way).
The Manti drew mixed reactions; the little meat filled dumplings were near perfect, spoilt only (we thought) by the tomato sauce, something I’ve never seen before in manti. It’s usually dumplings in a yoghurt sauce tempered with a drizzling of fried dried herbs (which differ in type and intensity from region to region). Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t at all bad, just different and not what we were used to.
We ended our meal with some superb Havuç Dilim Baklava and authentic Turkish tea – lovely.
Service at Kapadokya was excellent; friendly and accommodating in that amazingly hospitable Turkish way. There are a number of very good Turkish restaurants in Dubai these days, Kapadokya Turkish Kitchen is definitely one of them.
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