The best Turkish restaurant in Edinburgh

DATE: 13 Sep 2017 | BY
Turkish food Mezze and more at Edinburgh's Turkish restaurants

The best Turkish restaurant in Edinburgh? Take a look at our top choices below, and you’re sure to find a new favourite...

There’s many a Turkish restaurant in Edinburgh - and it’s a cuisine that we at TablePouncer rate very highly indeed. The words “Turkish food” may conjure up images of late night kebabs after a few drinks, but there’s far more to it than that. From lahmacun - a crispy flatbread topped with minced meat to the delicious spinach and cheese-stuffed pastries known as borek, it’s a country whose culinary delights are not to be missed. If you’re looking for a great Turkish restaurant in Edinburgh, try one of these tasty choices...

Hanedan

This intimate Newington restaurant is a charmingly decorated place that feels like a cross between a café and a friend’s living room. It’s a small and very popular place (we recommend booking) serving authentic Turkish food with truly great service. There’s hot and cold mezze to start, all served with complimentary pitta bread and olives, which is a lovely touch - our favourites are the lamb’s liver sautéed with red onion and lemony sumac, and a beautifully smooth hummus that’s among the best in Edinburgh. The mains include some fantastic kebabs cooked over a charcoal grill, and there are some great veggie choices too, like their decadently cheesy vegetable moussaka.

Hanedan, 41 West Preston Street, Newington, Edinburgh, EH8 9PY

Pera breakfast A traditional Turkish breakfast at Pera

Pera

Pera, in Broughton, is a traditional Turkish meze bar and “mangal”, or barbecue restaurant. It’s a cosy place, with traditional decor such as ornate hanging lanterns and the odd Turkish flag which transport you from Edinburgh to warmer climes. Here, we love the breakfast menu (served until 5pm) which includes a traditional Turkish breakfast, among others: feast on eggs, spicy sucuk sausage, Turkish salami, two cheeses, tomato, warm bread, butter and a Turkish tea. In the evenings, the banquet menus are a great way to get a taste of the whole menu, with a choice of meze only, or a three course feast of mixed meze, a grilled dish and sweet, sticky baklava for dessert.

Pera, 57 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AQ

Empires

We love the wood panelling and ornate lighting at Empires in the Old Town - and see if you can spot the blue and white “evil eye” decorations, a traditional Turkish way to ward off evil. Empires is a place with a bohemian atmosphere and live music at the weekends, and their mezzanine floor can be hired out privately. The main focus here is on the meze (although there are a few main course choices available), which offers a huge amount of choice for vegetarians and vegans too. Try the beautifully tender green beans in a rich tomato, onion and herb sauce, and the dolma - vine leaves stuffed with a combination of rice and plenty of Turkish spices - are beautiful.

Empires, 24 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU

Meze Meze

Serving traditional dishes from Turkey and the wider Mediterranean, Meze Meze is more modern in its design than other restaurants on this list, with a bright and airy yet intimate feel. While you’ll find some non-Turkish dishes on the menu (such as their incredible patatas bravas and a beautiful profiterole dessert…), Meze Meze is a great place to get a true taste of authentic Turkish cuisine. We love the hummus kavurma - a generous helping of silky smooth hummus topped with fried lamb and pine nuts - as well as their Turkish-style pizzas topped with lamb, salad and a selection of cold meze. If you’re really hungry, we recommend ordering one of their “feast” menus to share...just make sure you bring a big appetite!

Meze Meze, 71 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH

Rodi Edinburgh food Great grilled dishes at Rodi

Rodi

It’s all about the charcoal grill at Rodi in Edinburgh’s West End: a comfortable and relaxed Turkish barbecue restaurant that’s equally as great for a date night as it is for a birthday celebration. Everything on their menu is freshly prepared daily, and it’s a menu with a vast amount of choice to suit all dietary requirements and tastes. Their charcoal grilled dishes are fantastic, with a particular favourite of ours being the iskender: tender chunks of smokey grilled chicken on a warm pitta bread with tomato sauce and yoghurt, served with rice and salad. For dessert, try Rodi’s kunefe - a traditional Turkish pastry filled with soft cheese, baked until crisp and soaked in a sugary syrup. Delicious.

Rodi, 121 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8AJ

Ada

On Antigua Street in the New Town you’ll find Ada: it may look small from the outside, but step inside and you’ll be faced with a large, airy dining room with plenty of decoration on the ceiling and walls alike to admire. It’s a place known for its generous portions of beautiful, freshly cooked food - and for its offer of free Turkish tea and Turkish delight at the end of your meal, which is a lovely touch! Whether it’s chicken, beef, lamb or seafood you’re after, there’s something for everyone - and we love the number of vegetarian dishes on offer too - try the fantastic halloumi kebab. It’s a family-friendly place where kids have their own mini Turkish dishes to choose from, and the Turkish music creates a lovely, lively atmosphere.

Ada, 9A Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH

Tags: Edinburgh, Good For Groups, Date Night, Turkish, Casual Dining, £ - £20-£30, ££ - £30-£40, Turkish

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