THE DEBATE OVER CAPITAL CITIES, COMPARING TWO CITIES, ANKARA-LONDON.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW/ DEVELI RESTAURANT-ANKARA

 

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Hi everyone!

I went there with a few of my friends and we were delighted to sit down for lunch at Develi Kebab Restaurant. We had a nice table by the window. The restaurant located in famous Palestine Street (Filistin Caddesi) in Ankara –Turkey. This restaurant opend at 2016 and the restaurant has some branches in Istanbul and the restaurant is one of the popular restaurant in Turkey. The restaurant’s decoration is very nice, clean, elegant. Inside, the space is extremely welcoming and the guest can see right into the bar. Develi restaurant serving up generous portions of kofte and lahmacun (Turkish pizza) cooked in their restaurant oven and the restaurant takes inspiration from Gaziantep(Antep) traditional rich, flavours, cuisine. They belive fresh is the only way to enjoy food and every meal prepared at the restaurant kitchen is fresh.

When we arrived they brought us some pickled vegetables, warm bread. Then we were handed menus. We ordered some cold starters , one of them was cigkofte (typical Turkish raw meat, and you had to take a small bit of the raw meat, add some fresh lemon juice to it and wrap it into a lettuce leaf, not my favorite bit of the meal but I did enjoy it. Then we ordered Gavurdagi Salad( consist of tomatoes and red onions, green fresh pepper, walnuts and other ingredients) , hummus. I loved the salad and hummus, they were very tasty. We did not order a spate main course each and asked the waiter to bring us a big round lahmacun, ( the round shape Turkish pizza,) and we shared them. The lahmacun was thin and crispy , tasty. We ordered Pistashio Kofte ( which really did taste like pistachio, and Develi restaurant is the creator of Pistashio Kofte.) . And then we ordered Katmer dessert which was rolled baklava pastry with pistachio and natural cream. The portions were generous and came with the ice-cream. The Katmer was also very delicious and they served traditional Turkish tea-free of charge.

I had an excellent meal at Develi Kebab Restaurant and the servis was very nice and we never waited more than 5 minutes for an appetizer, or 15 minutes for our main dish. If you want to order wine, they had adequate of wine and you can try to taste Local Wine. Also they had Turkish Raki. The service was very friendly and attentive with great stuff , a caring restaurant manager.

Finally,The service was very friendly and attentive. Prices are ok, too, considering the quality of the food. We would recommend this restaurant if you want to try the Lokal restaurant and new places for delicious food and a lovely atmosphere.

 

 

Develi Restaurant in Ankara-Turkey.

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Pistachio Lahmacun(Turkish Pizza)

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Katmer(Rolled pastry with pistachio, organic cream).

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Katmer and ice-cream.

 

-Additional information-

Ambience= ****

Food=****

 

ADDRESS= Develi Kebab Restaurant. Filistin Caddesi(Palestine street). No=73 –Cankaya / Ankara- Turkey

 

RESTAURANT REVIEW-TAVACI RECEP USTA RESTAURANT-ANKARA/ TURKEY

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Kaburga Dolma-Stuffed the Rib Eye Steak with Rice.

 

Tavaci Recep Usta restaurant is a great traditional meat restaurant in Ankara city the heart of Turkey. The restaurant is a ethnic Turkish cuisine. It is the favourite lunch and dinner place for local community.

When you went the place you are welcomed with so friendly and smiling face by the waiters. They are dressed neatly.You can see the luxuries of modernity in the restaurant and also the restaurant is very large. For those who don’t book a table and are waiting. There is a cosy atmosphere in the restaurant and pictures of famous people displayed on the walls.

The menu offers a wide variety of tasty starters. We had the Icli Kofte ( stuffed ground meat in bulgur ball) and the Coban Salad served with pomegranate sauce. The main course consisted in  the RIB EYE STEAK DOLMA (Rib eye steaks stuffed with rice- The dish is definitely Turkish most traditional recipe but cooking at home kitchen is very hard because the rib eye steak dolma cooks in the traditional big stone oven. The rice is mixed with aromatic spices and roasted nuts, herbs and then the mixed rice is filled  in the lamb rib eye steaks then the rib eye steak is sewed up , it is cooked in stone oven) ,Sac Kavurma (Fried meat in iron plate) , which really pleasured us. It all was followed by a delicious Semolina halva with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert and The dessert served with  traditional Turkish cafe.

All the dishes were fresh and the chefs takes great care in selection the best quality meat and vegetables. Thankfully the owner and hostess, is always around willing to conversation some kind words with all their  clients. The service is extremely good can have profound influence.

That the service does not accompany any kind of booze, because of the restaurant serve for family and children. Tea and Turkish coffee is free in the restaurant.

Despite the a bit much high price of the food, I had a pleasant and all meze was free, thrilled dinner experience with food of the most  delicious flavours. For this reoason I highly recommended going to the Recep Usta restaurant.

 

Adress for the Recep Usta restaurant:

A. Taner Kislali Mh. Alacaatli Cd.Barlas City J Blok No:1 / Ümitköy/  Ankara-Turkey.

RESTAURANT REVIEW – COCOCHAN LONDON

In a busy city like London sometimes it’s hard to know what or where to eat. Last month when I was there my daughter recommended this lovely restaurant right behind Selfridges department store on Oxford Street. I definitely was not disappointed! Even though I am not too keen on Asian cuisine as my children wanted to go I decided to try it out. The location is very convenient tucked away on a side street along with many other restaurants. It is a great place to grab a quick bite after a busy day of shopping or sightseeing because of its central location.

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COOL CITY ANKARA / TURKEY

 

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Ankara,Turkey’s capital city is the second most popular and cool city. The city has modern buildings and fine transport network. Ankara is located at the heart of central Anatolia, the population is about 5 million.Today’s modern city Ankara has a large population of university students and government workers, foreign diplomats and embassy staff therefore Ankara offers fine transport,modern shopping and great restaurant,lovely cafes.

Ankara is a young and dynamic city but Ankara has varied history which Hittite,Hellenistic, Roman,Byzantine,Selcuk,Ottoman civilizations. The oldest part of city surrounded the Ankara Castle,old Turkish house where some of them were restored by city council. The area has several art gallery,souvenir shops,cafes and fine restaurants. The city has important historic places and they interest to visitors, among them are The temple of August,pillar of Julian,Roman baths,The museum of Anatolian civilization,The museum of Etnography and The war of independence  museum.One of the important districts in Ankara is Cankaya district which contains the Ataturk forest farm-zoo,Eymir lake,Elmadag ski facilities,quality restaurants,cute cafes and also there are some  Carpet making workshop,Hand woven bags workshop within this area.

In addition,Ankara has some beautiful villages and the villages are settlement from the Early bronze ages.Some of villages is so famous by thermal spring and mineral water.They are known to be beneficial for those in poor healthy. Moreover Ankara of the some villages have the vineyard, one of the famous vineyard village is Kalecik village that village produce fine quality red vine.Besides of lovely another village is Beypazari village.This village history goes back to Hittites and this district is so charming for food lovers because of Beypazari village has culinary civilitation,historical houses,silver craftsmen,carrot products.The village people is open-minded,friendly and helpful.Finally I want to add that transport is possible to get to any point by bus, the bus station is in Cankaya district of Ankara. Ankara a transit point for travelling to some places like fairy chimney city Cappadocia(Turkish:Kapadokya), historic city Sivas and such.

I took  some photos for  you, I hope enjoy!

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A View Sihhiye square/Ankara

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A view Kizilay square/Ankara

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A view Kizilay Street/Ankara

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A view Ulus Square/Ankara

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A view ulus street/Ankara

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One of the city’s icon /Atakule Tower-Ankara

 

There are some photo from the oldest part of Ankara city , Hamamönü and Ulus.

The old castle is a touristic location in Ankara, approaching the castle there are many restaurants, Museums, Art gallery,souvenir shops and you can see panoramic view of Ankara from the top of the castle.

There is one of the best cafe in Cengelhan in Ankara castle.

The old castle of Ankara very historical and Built is not known with certainly, it was build by the Hittities but this idea is not certain .The castle restored many times by Romans and Byzanties then Seljuks,Ottoman empire.

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-MACAROON-

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Hello everyone! I visited my daughter in London last month. My daughter and l decided to join L’atalier des Chefs Macaron making class. I am so fond of macaroons because French macaroons are colorful,sweet bites of happines.

We joined L’atelier des Chefs macaroons making class which was a lovely, friendly, little cooking  class in  St.Poul’s in London. We enjoined so much and we made macoroons then we shared them between baking class friends. They were very cute and delicious.

There are two methods of making macaroons. French meringue and Italian meringue method. Our Chief prefer using French meringue method because it gives softer and lighter shall texture or maybe because our Chief had more success with French method than Italian.

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