RESTAURANT: Kervan Ocakbasi.
Tarkan Usta Kebap Dunyasi.
LOCATION: Fevzi Cakmak Cad. Keskin Apart. Next to Club Julian
0 252 417 7351/ 417 7352/ 417 7242
We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of Steviedebz and others on the forum. We went with or friend Linda who is the co-owner and operator of the “Finding Nemo Fishing Boat”. It is a favourite of hers.
STYLE: Traditional Turkish.
SET MEALS: No.
DATE OF VISIT: 06/09/11
DISHES TRIED: We ordered three starters to share. The mashed aubergine with garlic, cacic (cucumber in yogurt) and the white cheese. When the bread arrived it turned out to be a big round of, soft, hot and delicious Pida. With it was a plate of rocket, parsley and grilled baby onions. Alongside this was another plate of grilled tomatoes and grilled, large, very hot green chillies. These were “on the house”. The mashed aubergine was still warm from being freshly made and was tasty with just the right balance of garlic. The cacic was thick, rich and cooling. The white cheese was a small portion (but the price was only 2 lira) and it was creamy with not too much salt.
Jean once again opted for a pide but this time she chose the cheese and egg. It was by far the best one we have ever eaten with a wonderful taste that was almost beyond description. How they get such a fantastic flavour from two such basic ingredients is beyond me! Linda ordered the lamb ribs. There was, I think, eight of these on her plate and they were well cooked with the meat juicy and tender and the fat slightly crisp. My order was for the liver kebab. This came on metal skewers (10) with five pieces of liver and one of fat on each “stick”. Liver is difficult to cook and keep moist and tender and very easy to overcook! This was perfect. Cooked through but soft and moist. The pieces of fat were to die for. I know that many people do not like liver and even fewer like fat… but I do and I was in heaven. I gave a couple of “sticks” to Linda and she also said that the meat and fat was the best she had ever tried.
We finished of the delightful feast by trying the only desert that they have on the menu. I can’t remember the name of it but you can’t miss it. Basically it is a round concoction of pastry (a bit like baklava), cheese, grated pistachio nuts and a thin syrup. It appeared to have been baked and came warm. It was wonderful but be warned. One portion is easily enough for three or four as it is extremely rich.
DRINKS TRIED: Linda once again had water with ice and lemon, Jean had a glass of red which she pronounced as excellent and I had two small bottles of Efes. Note: They do not stock large bottles.
TOTAL PRICE: At 80 lira (£28.57) a very reasonable price!
STAFF: Good but a bit slow. Starter dishes arrived a bit “higgledy pigeldey”!
OWNER: We did not meet the owner.
AMBIANCE: Although this restaurant is very Turkish it is in a rather modern building. So although the atmosphere was pleasant it did not seem as traditional as the food. However the quality of the food more than made up for this.
I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to any lover of good food. Especially if they like a bargain price!!!