March 18, 2009 11:15:55 pm
Davut Birgul brings some signature Turkish dishes to Lajpat Nagar
The bustling bylanes of Lajpat Nagar have a new tenant Anatolia,a Turkish specialty diner. Set up in one of the lanes opposite the 3Cs mall,this 30-cover canteen-style diner has a leafy menu that puts together the best of both worlds popular Turkish delicacies like Urfa Kebabs and Kemalpasa dessert and north Indian favourites like butter chicken and dal makhni. And each dish comes with a photo description.
Anatolia has been set up by Davut Birgul,who came to India four years ago to study. After my masters in economics from Jamia Millia,I decided to set up a restaurant,since there isnt any good,affordable Turkish food available here, says Birgul.
Seven dining tables are up for grabs and the eighth one stacks cutlery and crockery. Posters of Turkey Tourism are pasted on the walls and thats about it for décor. However,the fact that most dishes are priced around Rs 80 and Rs 100 (a full chicken at Rs 250 is the most expensive dish),more than makes up for it.
The plate of Hummus (Rs 70) is a fitting starter. Creamy and well-oiled,it pairs perfectly with the sweet and spongy Afghani bread (Rs 15). A platter of Aubergine Kebab with meat (Rs 170) turns out to be surprisingly good. Minced meat patties are lined between roundels of roasted eggplant that offers a crispy skin. The Urfa Kebab (Rs 150) is equally interesting. Two seekhs of mutton kebab are laid out on a rumali roti and dressed with slivers of cabbage and onions. Fold it up together and its a ready-to-eat roll. The meat offers minimal spice and is distinctly flavoured with its own juices. Felafel (Rs 80) works best for vegetarians with four moons of crispy chickpea kebabs.
The Vegetable Pilav (Rs 50) is avoidable. A portion of steamed rice served with a generous topping of kidney beans turns out to be quite bland. The spicy street-side rajma-chawal would be a better bet. Among desserts,we tried Tulumba that fetches several nuggets of golden -fried dough with a very sugary coat. While the diner also serves popular Anatolian desserts like Kemalpasa (Rs 60),made of milk and cheese,and Dilber Dudagi (Rs 60),an egg pastry; these are polished off by evening. Too bad,we went in for a late dinner.
Meal for two: Rs 500 (with beverages)
Location: K-39 Central Market,Lajpat Nagar-II
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