The Turkish Bar and Grill is a welcome new addition to the Aberdeen Beach Boulevard.
As the majority of the eateries around the Queens Links area are chain restaurants which can be found elsewhere in the city, it’s nice to have the option of something a little bit different and I think that Turkish/Mediterranean cuisine is something that appeals to a lot of people. I also think that it’s a great incentive to get people back down to the beach for evening meals.
Upon entering the restaurant, my first impressions were that it’s a really big premises, which really surprised me. It is a lot bigger than it appears from the outside and there are a lot of seating options from secluded circular booths, normal booth seating and the standard table options so they can definitely accommodate small and large gatherings without feeling on top of each other.
The decor is nice and clean, wooden tables and leather seating with the kitchen at the back of the restaurant, where you can see people working but it is of no disturbance or noise to those dining. I find the lighting a little bright for my liking, it somewhat takes away from the dining atmosphere but it’s certainly not offputting.
Should you require, there is a bar serving area in the middle of the restaurant but the staff are very attentive in their table service.
In light of the recent changes that are required, I can assure you that there is ample space for social distancing if that is of any concern to you.
We were greeted at the door and seated to our table before being left to take a look at the menu and have a chat amongst ourselves. I didn’t at any point feel rushed which is a relief as an indecisive person. The menu is quite extensive so it took a little while to skim through and with that in mind, we opted to order some drinks and some starters while we looked at the main options.
On the menu, you have a wide range of hot and cold starters to choose from, all of which are served with homemade bread so we chose some hummus and Cacik (tzatziki) as a light option.
Both the hummus and the tzatziki were delicious. Sometimes I find that these dips can be quite heavy, or tart to taste but the flavours weren’t too overpowering while still leaving a lovely fresh and moreish feeling in your mouth. A perfect sharing starter for me.
Something I would love to try next time is the Feta Triangles ‘Filled with baby spinach and feta cheese, served with dressed leaves and sweet chilli sauce.’ A mix of everything I love! Alternatively, if you would like to try something more traditional, I would recommend the Sujuk which is a dry and spicy Turkish sausage, similar to salami.
If you aren’t incredibly hungry, you could always order two or three of the starters as a meze instead. I found the portion sizes were more than enough to create a substantial meal depending on your appetite and the starters came along with a fresh mixed salad side and some homemade bread for dipping.
The choice of mains was quite overwhelming at first glance with the wide choice of pasta, seafood, vegetarian, grill and wood fire options. And I mean overwhelming in a good way because they sound fantastic. There is undoubtedly a lot of choices but there are many varieties of the same type of meals so it really depends on what kind of flavours you like.
On our first visit, I chose the lamb casserole ‘slow oven cooked diced lamb with mushrooms, onion, peppers and garlic in an authentic tomato sauce and served with rice’ because sometimes when I’m a little unsure, I tend to lean towards the things that I recognise and there is something so comforting about a lamb casserole. I love all the foods listed in that dish so I knew that if it was cooked well, that this would be something that I really enjoyed and it was. Both the rice and the lamb were served separately so you could portion as much of each as you wanted and it was really tender and tasty.
My friend ordered the chicken shish, which was served with salad and rice and I think that this will be a really popular dish overall as it can suit a wide range of tastes but you can order different meat, or a mix of all three if you prefer. Alternatively, you can order one of the kebabs, although not quite like your 3 am offerings, I think they will be another really popular choice.
There are many authentic foods available at this Aberdeen Turkish restaurant and I would consider it a fantastic place to visit and celebrate with friends or as somewhere to eat before a night out. It’s definitely a social way of eating and you will want to pick from each other’s plates and have a taster of everything on the table!
Make sure to take a look at the Turkish kitchen menu online as there will be something that appeals to all, I’m sure!
And if you prefer your foods to be a little more familiar then the pasta dishes of penne and spaghetti or one of the pide choices (kind of like a pizza) may be more to your taste.
If you are thinking of taking children along but are worried about the food choices, they do have fish fingers, pizza, meatballs and chicken nuggets on the menu but they do also offer smaller versions of the shish meals.
When it comes to cost, I wouldn’t say that it is cheap but it is good quality, full of flavour and definitely worth the money asked, in my opinion. You are looking to pay approximately £5 per starter and roughly £15 per main, which isn’t outrageous and this is, of course, depending on the type of meal that you order but the portions are very generous which is why I would suggest that sharing is a great way to try new things.
If you are ordering by delivery, there will almost certainly be enough to make a further meal out of the leftovers! Something I would not complain about!
There is no parking directly outside of the restaurant as it is on the promenade but there is ample space to stop and allow someone to get out if required, for parking, there is free parking across the road and along the beachfront as well as the large car park within the Queens Links car park.
Turkish Kitchen Bar and Grill are also available by online order from Just Eat.
Turkish Kitchen Bar and Grill
Aberdeen AB24 5NS