22 November 2013
I’m frantically booking restaurants to use my backlog of online coupons before the expiry dates creep up. Istanbul Turkish Restaurant in Fremantle offered a heavily discounted meal for 2 people. Where possible, I’ve included the prices of individual dishes that were included in our set menu.
The waitress immediately brought us chilled tap water and replaced the bottle during the night. We waited only a few minutes before bread, dips, and pides arrived at our table. However, they seemed to forget our meat platter until we asked about it, so we waited about 45 minutes for that dish.
Mixed dip combination ($14.90)
The Turkish bread was dense, soft, warm, and nicely browned. Our three dips were cacik (cucumber, mint, and yoghurt), hummus (chickpeas, tahini, and lemon), and baharatli patlican (spicy eggplant, tahini, tomato, and yoghurt). The Prophet set an incredible standard for hummus, so this one was more watery and less rich than I hoped for. We enjoyed the thick creamy white yoghurt (heh) and it was quite a light dip. The spicy eggplant was full of tasty spices but there was no chilli bite.
Selection of pides
A single pide would usually cost around $20. We received a mixed plate: the lamb mince with cheese was hearty and delicious, but the spinach and cheese was a little bland, and the chicken one was not too exciting.
This messy loaded plate was our meat platter with various pieces of lamb, chicken, and doner meat (who really knows what’s in that stuff). The flavours for each meat variety were quite similar and packed with flavour, so we really appreciated the rice which was loose and well-cooked. Sadly, the accompanying garden salad was basic and uninspired.
Partially uncooked chicken
Uh-oh… my friend spotted some undercooked chicken. This is probably because they prepared our platter really quickly after they realised we’d been waiting ages for it. It made me wonder whether I had just chomped down on gross pink chicken without realising.
The food was so hearty and filling that we got a doggy-bag to take home. Judging by the serving sizes and menu prices, dinner would usually cost under $30 per person. While the food is generally quite tasty, The Prophet offers Lebanese cuisine which is better prepared and with similar flavours to the Turkish food on offer at Istanbul.
Likes: hearty dense Turkish bread, generous servings
Dislikes: undercooked chicken, meat platters without distinct flavours
Value for money: quite reasonable, even without a coupon
Overall: might return if I wanted a hearty feed in Fremantle
19B Essex St
(08) 9335 6068