Ahmets Turkish Restaurant is a shining example of a beautiful Turkish restaurant. Right in the heart of Brisbane food district, just opposite the main pool area in Southbank.
This place is stunning, with beautiful colourful fabric all over the tables, and as authentically decorated as I hope Turkey is in real life.
it was a cool evening we sat outside on the stools, it was so lovely to experience being serenaded by the oud (small guitar) players. We started with a selection of Turkish flat bread, sweet sesame seeded bagel and garlic bread. We had wide selection of the most incredible looking and most delicious tasting creamy hummus, aubergine, chilli, pumpkin, cucumber yoghurt, red cabbage, black olive dips. Oh my days I was in complete heaven, my favourite was of course was the hummus. It was so smooth and was so obvious that it was really fresh. The bagel was dense but it was favourite, it was still warm and sweet sesame taste.
Next we had a mix of nibbles, the Kisir Looks like Couscous, just falls apart in the mouth. It needs to be eaten with the lettuce with the yoghurt, watercress, parsley and dill dressing, mmm just thinking of it now is making my mouth water. Zucchini Fritter, topped with tomato salsa. Absolutely delicious mix of aubergine, carrot, onion it was sweet, crispy and definitely my favourite of the plates of nibbles. Lamb and bulgur kofte Little mince ball, very nice with a strong aftertaste and texture is lovely.
We then tasted the roasted stuffed baked eggplant (aubergine) with tomato and onion topping with watercress and dressing very tasty, lightness with a nice texture to what it appears on the plate so soft and sweet. Lamb mince pizza was so nice bit of heat from the green chilli it was a tear and share portion for two. The lamb was a paste type consistency and don’t dismiss the lemon, soak that bad boy all over half to get a different flavour sensation.
Oooo next was the almighty meat platter (all meat was halal) and freshly grilled with every order. We had Turkish salami, kofte, steak and chicken. mmmmm oh yeah it was as good as it looks. Such Incredible flavour the steak – perfect medium rare, so soft and just melted in your mouth. You get 8 bits all cooked consistently and chicken awww it as so moist and perfectly cooked. Accompanying the meat platter we had side of rice (al dente texture) a chickpea couscous and bowls of Turkish Salad.
Pudding, okay so now we’re taking! Hehe
It was a shared pudding platter consisting of Turkish delight, stand almond cake and baklava. Hmmmm my heaven.
Turkish delight is well, kinda, i’m not normally a fan of, but I really liked it. Unfortunately Lee doesn’t like it says it tastes like soap (possibly because of the rose water flavouring). Lee then carried on by saying to me ‘I’ve realised you have no taste buds’ charming! The orange cake with cream with this subtle taste of almond flour gives it a slightly strange texture. However, it’s not unpleasant and to be fair I ate it all and I would again. And last but not least Baklava, oooo how i love Baklava with various pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts with flaky and buttery pastry, and oh so nutty and sweet, delicious.
I had to try a sweet traditional Turkish apple tea, I’m all about the fruit flavoured tea since our stint in Western Europe and this really didn’t disappoint, ooo it was so sweet but packed a punch in flavour.
We were also offered to try some traditional Turkish coffee, now neither me or Lee drink coffee but we also wanted to try it and it wasn’t as bad as you would expect but I would check out our video to see our thoughts on that. Hehe
The atmosphere was amazing, it was a little late by this time. But we were being entertained by an amazingly talented belly dancer. She was awesome and she was getting everyone up and dancing. It made everyone giggle and it was great to see having such a good time.
I would totally recommend Ahmets Turkish Restaurant, we had such a wonderful night and it was a real treat to be waited on by these very knowable and courteous people.