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The best of Shanghai’s Turkish delights

Shanghai Daily’s international cuisine series now brings you the delights of Turkish cuisine, which has its roots in the era of the Ottoman Empire. Zhang Yang and Yoyo He have selected six restaurants in Shanghai where you can taste authentic Anatolian fare for yourself.


Kervan Orient Express

Located on Jiujiang Road, it is a three-floor Turkish restaurant with a décor that celebrates the country’s rich culture and history.

Its signature dish is pide (minced meat mixed with onions, chopped tomatoes, cheese and spinach). Also recommended is the main course Tek Kisilik Karisik Izgara which features a mix of grilled lamb chops and fried chicken.

The restaurant’s “Western Prince” dinner set menu is another favorite. It consists of grilled silverside, cold starters, hot chocolate lava, Turkish rice pudding and Mediterranean soup. It costs 699 yuan (US$106) and serves four to five diners.

The restaurant also sells eye-like nazars, priced 50-200 yuan, on the first floor. They are carried as talismans.


Anadolu Turkish Restaurant

It is one of the oldest Turkish restaurants in Shanghai as well as one of the best places to savor authentic Halal food. Anadolu means “Orient” and “Levant” in Turkish.

It serves a wide variety of mouthwatering kebabs, Turkish pides, and hot and cold appetizers.

Since its opening in April 2005, Anadolu has enjoyed a growing number of patrons, many of whom are regulars. The restaurant is centrally located on Madang Road, near Xintiandi, and is a great place for birthday parties, family dinners, corporate receptions or just a fun night out.


Black Pepper

It is a Turkish eatery nestled in a traditional shikumen-style lane house. Its owner, Emre Gurel, thinks the name is simple and easy to remember. Once you enter, you’ll be immediately impressed by its warm décor, red wood tables and crystal glasses.

The restaurant has numerous signature dishes. For starters, there’s the zucchini pancakes. Mantarki ve Kasarli Pide is a must-try dish cooked in a stone oven and served with Portobello mushrooms and Mozzarella cheese. Recommended main courses include Deniz Mahsullu Ravioli, which is hand-crafted ravioli served with calamari, shrimp and mussels. Angel’s hair is a traditional Turkish dessert. The oven-shredded pastry is delicious with its soft cheese filling and thick syrup.


Tuk Turkish Restaurant

The restaurant serves traditional Turkish food from an open-style kitchen. The head chef has many years’ experiences back in his native Turkey. The menu features all the nation’s favorites, including lavas bread, pide, baklava and dolma.

Although there are only about a dozen tables in this intimate eatery, service is prompt and attentive staff members are always ready to assist. The bread, appetizers, grilled meats and yogurt are all authentic. The restaurant also serves free-fall Turkish tea.



It is located just a few doors down from some of the tallest buildings in Lujiazui. It serves up Ottoman classics with a modern twist. Try the kebabs and its impressive selection of healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Efes also offers its own house beer and raki, the popular anise-flavored liquor used as an aperitif in Turkey.

Dine in the elegant yet comfortable dining room, or enjoy your meal outside amid the bustling streets of downtown Shanghai.



Located in the heart of the fromer French Concession on Yongjia Road, it is a modern restaurant that offers a unique prospective on Turkish cuisine.

Every dish is made fresh in the kitchen by Turkish chefs. Six-hour slow roasted lamb is their best-selling signature dish. The lamb is stuffed with spices and served with authentic Turkish chestnut rice.

They are also one of few restaurants baking with a traditional wooden fire oven in Shanghai.

The family friendly atmosphere allows parents to enjoy their meals in ease, while their kids utilize the restaurant’s playground area.

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