Food and drink
Turkish fare cooked by proprietor and smiling host Gursel Bahar who takes orders, cooks food, tops up wine and then disappears again. He is like Basil Fawlty with a Turkish accent - and happily without the dark side. The menu is short and the dishes under-described. To do them justice though, Gursel would need a ream of paper so it is best to keep it short and sweet and enjoy the surprise when superbly tender meat with deep flavours will have you "oohing" and "aahing" all over the place.
The seared squid with walnut and rocket is a great starter; the Kuzu Shish - a marinated grilled lamb on skewer was melt in the mouth stuff; and you've got to go for the baklava for pud. Wonderful.
Every available space is used in a practical way. Glasses and coffee cups sit on shelves around the walls and there are bottles on shelves above the door. Fairy lights give a lovely glow at night. There is a mezzanine level at the back of this small room, quite how they worked out how to fit everything in I have no idea but no matter where you are you are in the thick of it, which is part of the fun.
The proprietor and two or three other members of staff turn and twirl between tables as the place gets busier and busier. Despite the size of the place and the number of diners, service is quick and efficient. You will be close to your neighbours, but everyone is having such a great time you really just enjoy the whole experience.
On the south side of town, Preston Street is off Causwayside and a little south of the meadows. If you want a memorable night though, go. It won't take more than 10 minutes in a taxi for anywhere in the city and you will thank me.
£8.50 is average for a main course, £4.50 for a starter; very reasonable indeed. The Turkish wine is very nice too, and at £2.85 a glass you may be here for some time.
Tables to book
Take what you can get. It will be packed.
- Families with teenagers