Ortakoy – Turkish Cuisine Kuwait
Ortakoy is a neighborhood within the Besiktas district of Istanbul, Turkey and is located in the middle of the European bank of the Bosphorus. Ortaköy was a cosmopolitan area during the Ottoman era and the first decades of the Turkish Republic, with communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenian and Jews. The Turkish cuisine is deliciously diverse and colorful, owing to the nation’s placement between Asia and Europe. Unfortunately, here the owners clearly left their creativity back in Turkey when designing and delivering the restaurant concept, but what they lack in imagination and interior design, they more than make up for with food. The restaurant design and cutlery in no way reflects or serves as a prelude to the gastronomic treat you are in for…!
Our order consisted of the Roka Salata (Kd 1.500) which is a basically roka leaves, tomato, pomegranate and feta cheese with a dressing, Yogurtlu Kirmizi (Kd 1.250) is a pink creamy mixture of red cabbage yogurt and garlic. The classic Mutabal (Kd 1.250) grilled egg plant, yogurt, garlic and tahini. For our main course we got their acclaimed Pirzola (Kd 4.950) which are lamb chops richly marinated with special Ortakoy spices, the Iskendar Kebap (Kd 3.250) is a standard order for us and this includes slices of doner meat in a special Ortakoy tomato sauce served over bread with yogurt on the side; and Water (Kd 1). Total Bill Kd 13.950.
Located on the first floor at the Khaleej tower in city, the choice I have to say is quite unassuming. If it wasn’t for my friend who enjoyed their catering a few times, don’t think we would know about this place. The restaurant is setup pretty plain that if it isn’t for the ‘Kebap boutique’ caption, it could serve any cuisine. The service is friendly and quick but the staff wasn’t too versed with the dishes. We decided to keep the order simple and stick to what we knew. The bread was thin, light and soft was great with the appetizers. The Pirzola was exceptionally good. Loved the flavor of the meat. The Iskendar was loaded with meat but a bit frugal with the sauce. Overall this dish too was good. Beyond providing sizable servings, Ortakoy’s chef certainly displays dexterity and subtlety in his handling of ingredients. The complimentary tea was a nice end to the hearty meal.
This place is a ‘no frill, all food‘ one. While little details (location, interiors, menu, dish presentation etc) detract from what could be fine dining, Ortakoy could glow, but for now the tinder has yet to ignite. Beyond providing sizable servings, Ortakoy’s chef certainly displays dexterity and subtlety in his handling of ingredients and the thought that goes into the dishes and menu recommendations is evident throughout.
Ambiance – 5/10, Service – 6.5/10, Menu – 7/10, Food – 8/10, Consistency – 8/10, Value for Money – 7/10
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