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Turkish Delight!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
By Aroosa Ahmed

You don't have to travel to Turkey to have your favourite Turkish meal! Enjoy it all at Sofitel BKC

What better way to battle the Mumbai heat than having a delicious Middle Eastern brunch in the comfort of a swanky haunt? Anybody who has been to the Middle East or likes the cuisine would agree with me. A Tukish meal sounds exciting!

Sofitel BKC is known for curating amazing gastronomic experiences for their guests. Every few weeks, this international chain delights the city with a new cuisine. What excites us is that you end up visiting a lot more because of their interesting new concepts and the promise of something new every time.

This time they are serving Turkish cuisine created by their Istanbul Chef Emre and Chef Ramazan.

The Turkish festival is being held at the Pondicherry Cafe of the hotel which also serves a buffet of cuisines from different parts of the world. Just as you enter the cafe you will be taken aback by the beautiful Turkish decor and artefacts. It is the perfect picture and selfie spot. Once you step inside the cafe the aroma of coffee and the goodies from Turkey will intrigue your tastebuds.

As I got myself a table, I could not wait to check out the amazing food. I commenced my lunch with their Kuzu Tandir which is lamb cooked with eggplant along with garlic. The Turkish not only focus on the non vegetarian dishes but incorporate a lot of healthy vegetables in their food. This dish was the perfect representation of that. The meat was tender and the eggplant was cooked perfectly. The eggplant, baked with the Middle Eastern spices tasted amazing. avuk Kanat which are chicken wings with onion is also something to look out for on the stylish menu.

They also have Pilic Yahni, stew over chicken which is the eaten a lot in the Middle East. You can also try their Izgara Hamsi, grilled anchovy fish and Coban Kavurma that is shepherd deep fried meat.

Whenever I visit Sofitel I make it a point to try their large spread menu which includes cuisines from all over the world. The sushi, dumplings and the shooters are definitely worth trying.

Kazandibi, white pudding with blackened surface is what I had for dessert. The best part of the dessert is that it has the right amount of sweetness and is not overpowering. The dessert is not too heavy and goes well with the meal. You can also try Muhallebi for dessert which is Turkish custard.

The food festival is only up till  March 26, do try out the mouth watering cuisine from Turkey.

Meal for two
Rs. 4500

Our Favourites :

  • Kuzu Tandir
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Kazandibi

Where to head?
Sofitel hotel, C57, Bandra Kurla Complex.


Serving : 4

  • Lamb Shanks 4
  • Pearl Onion 100 gr
  • Garlic 20 gr – 4 clove
  • Dried Plum 50 gr
  • Dried Apricot 50 gr
  • Stick Cinnamon 1
  • Cardamom 5
  • Olive Oil 50 gr
  • Rosemary 1 twig


  • Saute lamb shank with olive oil in a pan then saute them together adding pearl onion and garlic.
  • Fill all these prepared ingredients in a roasted bag and add stick cinnamon, cardamom, olive oil, 1 glass of water and 1 twig of rosemary then buckle up the bag. Make 1 or 2 holes in roasted bag not to make the bag burst.
  • Add some water in oven tray and put the prepared roasted bag in it. Then cook in 180°C for 1 hour.

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