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Zengarden Sep 1, 2006 12:25 AM

I've been meaning to get out to Anatolia but haven't due to distance. Can anyone verify if it is still in business?

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    cookbook RE: Zengarden Sep 1, 2006 03:04 AM

    Yes indeed- alive and kicking. The owner, Aishe (sp?) is a wonderful cook. Her Imam Bayildi, Patlichan and Sigara Boregi are YUMMY! I discovered her place while researching a food show and have become a regular along with my husband who is a BIG fan of her food. She also offers A Night in Istanbul (the first Friday of every month)- I'll be there tomorrow enjoying the meal, the dancing and the coffee ground reading (Turkish Coffee of course). Fresh, tasty and lovingly prepared food. It's worth checking out (especially if you are a fan Mediteranean flavours as I am).

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      wordsworth RE: cookbook Sep 2, 2006 12:32 PM

      The place has gone downhill substantially. Not the quality of the food, but the selection. It used to have real Turkish dishes. Now ithas become generic Middle Eastern, so it is no longer worth the trouble to drive out there.

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        mbe RE: wordsworth Sep 2, 2006 02:32 PM

        where do you reckon is the best place to go for Turkish then?

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          wordsworth RE: mbe Sep 13, 2006 11:34 AM

          I haven't found any particular place. I've tried a few hole-in-the wall places, but they were terrible.

    2. mbe RE: Zengarden Sep 1, 2006 12:53 PM

      the manti is worth the drive and the subsequent heart attack

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        Doopsylalolic RE: mbe Jan 2, 2007 06:57 PM

        Where is Manti?

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        cookbook RE: Zengarden Sep 12, 2006 12:44 AM

        I still think her food is lovley- I don't know if it's gone "substantially downhill" as wordsworth claims- I think it's fresh, well made and from what I've heard other Turkish pals tell me, quite authentic. Her Sigara Boregi is lovely as is her Kunefe dessert. And I will try her Gozleme next time I'm there. But no need to listen to us banter- try it yourself and be the judge!

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          FlavoursGal RE: Zengarden Jan 6, 2007 12:49 AM

          I haven't been to Anatolia in about 4 years, but it was good the one and only time we were there. What's wonderful about Turkish cuisine is the stews and simmered dishes, not readily available in the Toronto area. Most of the Turkish food served here amounts to variations of grilled meats.

          The sigari, yogourt dips, and other appetizers are really good when prepared properly.

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            squeaks RE: Zengarden Jan 6, 2007 04:31 PM

            I went to Anatolia just before the holidays. The food was great (try the gozleme), but service was ridiculously slow and sometimes indifferent. It's a really fun spot to check out, but don't expect to eat quickly.

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              cookbook RE: Zengarden Jan 24, 2007 09:41 AM

              I agree- service is at times quite slow- but if you're with people you enjoy and aren't in a rush, it can be most agreeable. I will definitely try the gozleme. The owner makes her own yufka which is very time consuming and laborious.

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                FlavoursGal RE: cookbook Jan 24, 2007 12:13 PM

                I haven't been there in a few years, cookbook. What is gozleme? Does she have imam bayildi and other non-grilled/stewy dishes on the menu now?

                Her dips and sigara boregi were really good, as I recall, as was the manti.

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                francelonian RE: Zengarden Jan 25, 2007 02:13 AM

                We go to Istanbul every year on business. Anatolia is the closest we've seen in Toronto to generic Turkish. Not ideal by any means, but a nice meal. We live nearby and it's still open.

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                  Fredster RE: Zengarden Jan 25, 2007 08:32 PM

                  I was there for dinner 2 weekends ago. We had the Mixed Anatolian Plate, an assortment of dips and an order of Manti. Being a quarter Armenianand having lost family in the Genocide, I don't really cheer for anything Turkish but let me tell you, these people are awesome and their food is fabulous. The walnut spread is to die for! The keftes and kebabs too. Have not tried the Imam bayildi yet. That is the only Imam I will ever try.... lol

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                    FlavoursGal RE: Fredster Jan 26, 2007 04:42 AM

                    Fredster, are they any "stewy" items on the menu? i.e., any cooked mains other than the grilled meats and the imam bayildi?

                    I'd love to give Anatolia another try, but it's the imam bayildi and the stewed vegetables and meats that really attract me to Turkish cooking.

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                    francelonian RE: Zengarden Jan 26, 2007 02:32 AM

                    Imam Bayildi is one of my favourite dishes there ...

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                      ekammin RE: francelonian Jun 17, 2007 12:35 PM

                      I dunno - Lahmacun and Yogurtlu Adana seem pretty Turkish to me.

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