The setting was attractive and simple, with an elegant bistro vibe and several understated touches of Turkish design. Some very good bread arrived, followed by a complimentary parsley-packed mini lahmacun, aka Turkish pizza. It was so delicious that my friend sheepishly asked for another. The waiter smiled warmly and, in an instant, arrived with more – our first taste of the personable, efficient and friendly service.
Our waiter guided us through the menu and we opted for a selection to share: the Istanbul borek, red lentil soup, Turkish shepherd’s salad, hummus with pastrami, shrimp casserole and konya bread with meat.
The shrimp casserole was a simple stew with plenty of nicely cooked shrimp and vegetables, covered in a layer of melted cheese, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the rest of the plates on the table. In contrast, the hummus was lighter, creamier and nuttier than expected, topped with beautiful shards of dried pastrami that were smoky yet caramel sweet.
Unexpectedly, the konya bread stole the show. It arrived on a giant wooden board as a long, thin, pizza-like bread of almost the same length. Garnished with handfuls of parsley and fresh cherry tomatoes, the juicy meat topping and crunchy bread made this a really enjoyable dish.
Turkish Village is a pleasant spot and the service is so endearingly good, you feel you ought to call the waiter by his first name. The food is good too: well made, fresh and great to eat, and very affordable.
The bill (for two)
1x Turkish shepherd’s salad Dhs18
1x red lentil soup Dhs20
1x Istanbul borek Dhs20
1x shrimp casserole Dhs20
1x hummus with pastrami Dhs15
1x konya bread Dhs55
1x chocolate cake Dhs25
2x large water Dhs24
1x Turkish coffee Dhs8
Total (excluding service) Dhs205