Chorlton’s Turkish Delight

Having developed a bit of an obsession with Turkish food since our trip to Istanbul in June, we decided to head to the Turkish restaurant in Chorlton, Turkish Delight. We’d actually been meaning to go here for a while, since before our trip, but had never quite got round to it. The problem with living in Chorlton is there are just so many yummy places to go and eat, we’re spoilt for choice on our doorstep!

My friend from work, who has previously lived in Turkey, and who taught me some little snippets of Turkish before our holiday, as well giving me a list of all her favourite things to eat to take with me, suggested we go here for a meal with her Turkish husband. It sounded like a good plan to me!

The restaurant has a takeaway on the front straight off the pavement and it had actually taken me a while to realise there was a restaurant there too. We sat down at our table and the waitress and our friends soon started chatting away in Turkish, a more authentic experience then! 🙂 I was pleased to discover we could order Efes beer!

We chose the mixed meze to share for starters. This consisted of little pots of hummus, ispanak tarator (spinach, yoghurt and garlic, this was my favourite!), taramasalata and havuc tarator (carrots, yoghurt and garlic) to scoop up and devour with slivers of warm pitta bread. We were also treated to glistening black olives, a salad with tabule, delicious green beans in a tomtoey sauce and some other beans (sort of like cannellini beans? I’m not sure what they were) also in a tasty tomato sauce. There were also cheese borek and some tasty little meatballs.

Faced with the menu of many delights, we also couldn’t help but order the iman baylidi, which I was very happy about as I adore aubergiene – people in this country really don’t appreciate or eat it enough!! Our Turkish friends also insisted we must order the sucuk – spicy Turkish sausage. This was also delicious! We remembered we sometimes had it on our Turkish breakfast on our lovely hotel rooftop in Istanbul…surrounded by fragrant flowers and overlooking the bosphrous… sigh….

Then it was onto the main courses. We both ordered the Iskender kebab – described as a special selection of charcoal grilled meats served on pitta bread with tomato sauce and yoghurt. When it arrived it looked very different to the kebabs we had become accustomed to in Istanbul! I missed the big puffed up naan-like breads we had with our kebabs there, and also would have liked a little more of the chargrilled tomatoes and peppers we got there – I must confess to having gotten a little meated-out with the below plate of food! The other thing that was different was there was none of the tasty bulgur wheat we had also got used to. I’m not sure where the tomato sauce went. The meat itself had a lovely chargrilled flavour however. I wonder if perhaps they are catering for the English market and perceive that the Brits are only really interested in the meat?! Our all time favourite kebab is still from the tiny street side joint, Aya Sofya Kebap on Küçük Aya Sofya Sokak in Istanbul, just round the corner from our hotel. Our kebabs from there feature in this post. If you ever find yourself in Istanbul, I highly recommend!!

My friend ordered the Adana kebab.

We were all very full after our Turkish feast, but I was not to be defeated, desserts were to be squuueeeezed in! We ordered kadayif – pistachios encased in shreds of pastry, and walnut baklava. Sticky, sweet and immensely satisfying!