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istanbul restaurant

this resto just opened at bathurst and wilson any body know anything abt it?

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  1. I was intrigued when I first saw the sign, so I parked and checked out the menu posted at the front. As a fan of Turkish food, I was disappointed to note that it seems to be a generic Middle Eastern restaurant, rather than one that specializes in the great Ottoman cuisine.

    I'd also like to hear if anyone's been, though.

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      1. re: FlavoursGal

        Hey FlavoursGal - as a result of this post and others I started a thread on General Topics about Turkish/Ottoman cuisine, cause I had never heard of it. So please tell me all about it on my thread :)

        1. re: julesrules

          I also don't know much about Turkish cuisine, but I did try a fairly new shawarma/falafel etc. place. I posted this earlier in another thread: "On Eglinton, at the NE corner of Caledonia, there is a fairly new place calle Babos Donerpoint. It's Turkish, so it's a different twist on the usual shawarma. Very tasty and BIG. The bread is a huge, flat Turkish bread, made fresh and filled with lovely fresh ingredients, then grilled. I've only been once, but can't wait to get back. They also served a complimentary hot apple cider while waiting. Very nice people."

          1. re: Yongeman

            Oooh, sounds great. Maybe I'll head over there for lunch. Hot apple drinks are a Turkish specialty. There's a grocery store called Istanbul in a plaza on Dufferin, near Orfus, I believe. It's a wonderful store that carries loads of Turkish canned goods, jams, pickles, nuts, etc. I've bought powdered apple drink there. They also carry bottles of sour cherry juice, which is wonderfully flavourful and refreshing, not to mention healthy.

            Although I'm not Turkish and have never been to Turkey, I've developed a taste for the cuisine, which I researched while in chef's school.

            I'll discuss is on julesrules' new thread in General Topics.

            1. re: FlavoursGal

              Chownut that I am, I did head over to Babos Donerpoint for lunch. Got a chicken doner sandwich, made on a huge round of house-made, crepe-thin bread that encased a filling of juicy, well-seasoned chicken (similar to the Lebanese shish taouk), shredded lettuce, red cabbage and onions, and topped with a yogourt sauce and some sort of red sauce, than drizzled with some hot sauce (optional). This was one of the best doner-type sandwiches I've ever eaten. This sandwich is also available with beef doner.

              Not only was I served hot apple tea, it was presented to me in a lovely Turkish tea glass.

              Thanks for the recommendation, Yongeman!

              1. re: FlavoursGal

                You're very welcome FlavoursGal. I'm just jealous that I haven't been able to get back to Babos, since I drive past it every day on my way to work.

          2. re: julesrules

            Today's Toronto Star has a review by Jennifer Bain on Shirin Kebab House, a Turkish restaurant at 1880 Eglinton Ave. E. in the Golden Mile Plaza. I tried to link to the Star article, but the link isn't working properly.

        2. I did have the opportunity of eating at this restaurant. In all fairness I came in about an hour before closing and some of the things I wanted to try they were out of. I had the chicken breast shish kabob which was realy quite good and juicy with rice as well as a salad. Food was not bad and the service was realy pleasant but that heavy arabic music they play there can drive you nuts. Ambience is very nice and tables are set beautifully. A little more expensive than some other restaurants of the same kind of food. For my money I'll take Me Va Me or Antons any day over this restaurant for value and taste.

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