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Sep 1, 2006 12:25 AM

haven't heard much about Anatolia

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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  1. 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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    1. re: cookbook

      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.

      1. re: wordsworth

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

        1. re: mbe

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

    2. the manti is worth the drive and the subsequent heart attack

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      1. 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!

        1. 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.

          1. 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.