- foodie Sep 2, 2004 01:58 PM
Thinking of trying Anatolia tomorrow after reading all the great reviews here. Is it that good really? I am dying for some good Turkish food...Any recommendations from their menu?
Everything we tried was really good. From the appetizers section, the plate of mixed dipping sauces (with a yogurt, hummus, eggplant thing and a spicy mixed vegetable thing) was excellent. Also, there was a dish that was rice and pine nuts wrapped in grape leaves that was outstanding. From the dessert end of things, make sure you leave room for the kunefe - a light, salty cheese wrapped in pastry and baked then covered with syrup, it's an amazing thing.
Our chowhound group had a dinner meet in July and everybody loved it. It is a definite must go restaurant.
Jacquilynne is right - you have to save room and try the kunefe.
Perhaps it's because I'm spoiled, having a Turkish life partner and thus having easy access to excellent Turkish cuisine, but I'm not a fan of the place. I mean, it's good for Toronto standards (limited market for Turkish cuisine), but by Turkish standards, it's really really mediocre.
The borek have too much dough, not enough filling; the kebab dinners are really greasy; the appetizers are bland and simply not the right texture; and the list goes on.
I agree that the kunefe is alright, but that's not a guarantee since they don't make it all of the time and when they do, they often run out of it.
Anyway, I would say to give it a shot to see if it suits your tastes. It is authentic Turkish food, so you'll at least be able to decide whether or not Turkish food agrees with you in general.
The first time we ate there 2 years ago, they had some real turkish dishes. By they time we returned this spring, they were most gone, replaced by generic middle east stuff. The food was fine, but not worth going very far for.