When it comes to reviewing Turkish restaurants I don’t get excited much, pretty much all the Turkish restaurants now follow the trend of serving up lightly marinated meats that have been grilled over a charcoal flame.
It tends to be the same for me, it is partly down to my ordering options which normally consist of mixed grills but also that Turkish food I find is very similar wherever I go. You can put a mixed grill from 5 different Turkish restaurants next to each other and chances are they will all look and taste very similar.
So when I was invited to check out Derbys latest Turkish restaurants I wasn’t expecting much.
Turquoise Kitchen has been given a contemporary twist, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from eating at Turquoce. Indeed, it’s a very good reason to eat here as it’s quite unlike any other Turkish restaurant or kebab salon I’ve come across. If nothing else, the minimalist decor and welcoming, efficient staff make it a far cry from the chintz and brusqueness of many other Turkish restaurants.
We started the evening with a selection of different mezes, followed by the Turquoise grill and Ali Nazik
I was impressed with most of the dishes. Really fresh flavours and ingredients It was refreshing to visit a Turkish restaurant and try something new the Ali Nazik was made from smoked and spiced eggplant, grilled and then pureed, topped with seasoned and marinated sauteed lamb 😋
Overall, with so many Turkish restaurants feeling all the same, this place does stand out from the crowd, they use very good quality meat ingredients and put care into the food.
Food Cartel Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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