There's no doubt about it: Brisbane has a thriving dining scene with a huge choice of modern Australian, Asian and international cuisines. But if you're looking for something a little different, you really should try out the Turkish restaurants in Brisbane where you'll find a great combination of European sophistication, Mediterranean colour and Middle Eastern spices in a huge variety of dishes. The Turks love taking their time enjoying and savouring meals, so if you enjoy dining somewhere where you can relax and spend some quality time with family or friends, then Brisbane's Turkish restaurants should be one of your top choices.
For the ultimate in social dining, why not kick off your meal with meze? Meze is a selection of small, mouthwatering dishes traditionally shared with fellow diners over drinks and great conversation. Meze can be hot or cold and consist of meat, vegetables, fish or cheese. You’ll find dishes like calamari, octopus salad, hummus and falafel along with strained yoghurt and garlic, marinated peppers and stuffed vine leaves as well. A common choice for Turks is often to completely skip the main course and just continually order more meze dishes, so if you are tempted by lots of the moreish small plates, this is a great option where you can sample an array of dishes on offer.
Still got room for a main? The menus of Turkish restaurants across Brisbane are full of dishes to tempt you. You're sure to find delicious kebabs and kofte (a kind of meatball) to satisfy your appetite but there is so much more to enjoy. Manti, for example, are delicious little dumplings filled with beef or lamb and served with yoghurt and spices. Borek is a savoury pastry, often filled with spinach and cheese and baked or deep-fried until it's flaky and crispy. Pide, meanwhile, is a boat-shaped flatbread topped with cheese or minced meat and usually referred to as 'Turkish pizza'. As a vegetarian option, many Turkish restaurants in Brisbane offer dolma, which are savoury stuffed vegetables or vine leaves.
Typically Turkish people have something of a sweet tooth and you can see evidence of this in the variety of fabulous desserts on offer in Brisbane's Turkish restaurants. Perhaps the best-known of these is Turkish Delight, also known as lokum, which is a nougat-flavoured gel of sugar and starch flavoured with rosewater and traditionally topped with pistachios, walnuts or hazelnuts. Baklava is another popular dessert found in many Turkish restaurants in Brisbane. This is a sweet pastry made from nuts and syrup and it's absolutely unmissable. Slightly less well-known is gullac, made with milk, dough, pomegranate seeds, rosewater and nuts, which is equally as mouthwatering that’s for sure.
Many of the Turkish restaurants in Brisbane serve the famous Turkish coffee. This thick and powerful brew is not for the faint hearted but if you're a caffeine lover you'll adore the sizeable kick you get from these tiny cups. Another traditional drink is raki, which is a form of distilled grape juice usually flavoured with aniseed. It’s the custom to add a little ice or water, which makes the clear liquid turn milky white. Raki is considered to be the national drink of Turkey and you'll find it served in almost all of the Turkish restaurants in Brisbane. Browse the best Turkish restaurants in Brisbane right on Quandoo and get yourself booked in for some delightful dining.