Craving a taste of the Middle East? Take a break from the shops in Mall of the Emirates, and make your way to Besh Turkish Kitchen.
Nestled on the fifth floor of the Sheraton Hotel in Mall of the Emirates, the restaurant only recently opened their doors and have already attracted buzz around town among foodie fans for their mouth-watering Turkish cuisine.
In collaboration with renowned chef Vedat Basaran, the menu at Besh seeks inspiration from authentic cookbooks dating back to over 150 years ago. Every tiny detail has been achingly thought out, from the flour to bake traditional pide flat breads (originally hailing from Anatolia), down to the special spices sourced directly from Turkey’s famed spice bazaar.
A step inside Besh and you may feel as though you’ve wondered into an ornate Ottoman palace. Though the restaurant offers a more laidback and casual dining experience, the interiors is certainly something to see. The eclectic tiled floors and ceramics are reminiscent of the cities’ historic roots, while the Emerald green stained glass windows, brass-coated bulb lighting and glossy marble accents add a touch of luxury to the space.
Chef Vedat and his highly trained team have spent many months hand picking each ingredient and crafting up a delicious menu.
One quick glance at the menu and our expectations are met. There is the lamb Kapali Pide and Mücver (zucchini fritters). Little ones are also welcome at the family-friendly restaurant - kids will love the fresh simit and lahmacuns bread topped with a variety of meats and cheeses. The dough is baked in a traditional dome-shaped oven and is some of the tastiest we’ve tried outside of Istanbul.
After many minutes spent drooling over the menu, our table opted for a selection of dishes to sample including the Turkish mezze platter, grilled meets, healthy salads and a variety of cheese pides.
The food was quick to the table and freshly prepared. The ‘Karisik Izgara’ (mixed grill) was a clear winner and a standout dish amongst the feast. The meat was flavourful and tender – clean plates all round!
If you still have space for something sweet, we highly advise trying the Turkish delights along with a fruity shisha on the side.
The waiters were on hand to help out with any menu recommendations and proved knowledgeable on how each dish was prepared. Our friendly server revealed that most of the dishes, especially the meats, are prepared using traditional cooking methods such as Guveç clay pots. So this is definitely the place to go if you fancy trying a truly authentic Turkish meal.
Besh Turkish Kitchen is located inside the Sheraton Hotel in Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 377 2353 for more information, or visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/dining