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.
on Jiujiang Road, it is a three-floor Turkish restaurant with a décor
that celebrates the country’s rich culture and history.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
in the heart of the fromer French Concession on Yongjia Road, it is a
modern restaurant that offers a unique prospective on Turkish cuisine.
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.
family friendly atmosphere allows parents to enjoy their meals in ease,
while their kids utilize the restaurant’s playground area.