Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turkish Cafe Istanbul @ TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Afiyet Olsun! A taste of Istanbul has come to Taman Tun Dr Ismail, thanks to this cosy new Turkish-run cafe, where a concise menu supplies several intriguing specialities that work well for a comforting meal.

Begin with brunch: If you're searching for a refreshing change from Western-style Big Breakfasts, then check out this Turkish breakfast, a satisfying platter that showcases not only beautifully runny eggs, sausages & potatoes (all the in the foreground) but also olives, traditional sliced sucuk spiced sausages, feta cheese & flat bread. Recommended for RM19.

Scrambled eggs get a mouthwatering makeover in this savoury 'menemen' (remember the name; it's well worth trying), a traditional recipe that features ravishingly creamy eggs cooked with tomatoes & peppers. Indulgently tasty, a triumphant treat for egg lovers. RM9 (prices at Istanbul Turkish Cafe are easy on the wallet).

Most of the breakfast dishes - including this classic bagel-like 'simit' (RM5), fresh-tasting, sesame-crusted bread rings with a thick, substantial bite & pleasant chewiness, partnered with butter & jam - are available to order until noon, but customers can probably request them for lunch too if the outlet's not too busy.

In the afternoon & at night, Istanbul Turkish Cafe moves into even heartier fare, like wraps stuffed with hand-minced adana kebab (chicken, beef or lamb), served with fries & a salad (RM15-RM20, depending on the customer's choice of meat) ...

... & the distinctively shaped Turkish pizza (RM16), a doughy delight that's well-topped with minced meat & cheese, best consumed piping-hot, potentially sufficient for two to share.

Meat-seekers can opt for the beef & lamb kofte, tender & well-flavoured meatballs served with both mashed potatoes & rice for a plate that's loaded with both protein & carbs (RM20).

We know there are many fans of falafel out there: Istanbul Turkish Cafe serves a respectable rendition, very crispy on the outside, packed with smashed chickpeas within. RM15.

Save space for sweets; Eline Saglik to cafe owner Deniz, his wife, chef & the rest of the team here for hosting this lunch. Istanbul Turkish Cafe is still a bit of a hidden secret, secluded on one of TTDI's less-travelled back-streets, but we think we'll be hearing more about it in the months ahead.

The Turkish theme courses through the beverages; naturally, there's Turkish coffee, but there are also Turkish fruit juices (cherry, apricot & pomegranate). Even the mineral water comes from Turkey.

Turkish Cafe Istanbul TTDI
12, Jalan Wan Kadir 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open morning through night everyday (closed only for Friday afternoon prayers)

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27 comments:

  1. The hand-minced adana (with the trio of meats) kebab sounds good along with the Turkish pizza...always have a soft spot for good falafels =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, I think the food there could be quite crowd-pleasing ... A mix of familiar and exotic components ... Suggest going for lunch so you can order the brekkie dishes too ☺

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  2. TTDI is a real eating hub now.. from fine to hearty.. love it! Time to meet up Sean! haha

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    1. Ciki: ya there's pretty much everything you need in ttdi nowadays, heh ☺ the time is near (i think!) ☺

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  3. huhu, i would like to try out turkish dish~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: hope you get the opportunity soon ☺

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  4. Lovely setting, and the food fare looks fabulous, Sean!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, a nice and welcoming place with honest food 👍

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  5. I've been telling myself that I must go and try one or more of those mid-eastern cuisines in KL...but to date, I had never got down to it. None here. :(

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    1. Suituapui: hopefully a good place will open soon in your area ... At least maybe a stall serving kebabs would be a good start, ya ☺

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    2. We do have kebabs...in bread buns, not authentic. Almost like any ordinary sandwich with meat filling. Had Subway in NZ with Turkish meatballs and of course, that's nothing like the real thing as well, I'm sure. :(

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    3. Suituapui: ya, the shopping mall kebabs might not quite satisfy fans seeking something more convincingly flavoursome ☺

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  6. Oo I love Turkish food. Two plates of falafel and I'm happy!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: a falafel a day keeps the blues away! :D

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  7. TTDI seems to be booming at the moment with new cafes.

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    1. The Yum List: let's hope for even more diversity in this neighbourhood - a cafe with authentic turkish cuisine is a step in the right direction :D

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  8. Oooo the Turkish pizza looks unique and yummy indeed!

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    1. Baby Sumo: it does taste more satisfying than the mass market pizzas, especially with its rich lamb topping ☺

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  9. The main course don't really look like Turkish food to me though, kind of different with something I've tried in Turkey;p I miss their butter rice and honey yogurt the most, something you must not missed in Turkey!

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    1. Audrey: ooo ya, I think the cafe is only able to serve some of the simpler Turkish fare so far, since they're not catering for higher budgets for now. Hopefully they'll be able to include a few of the specialities you mentioned someday! ☺

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  10. The only Turkish 'difference' I spot is probably the flat bread and olives....otherwise quite similar to western-type Big Breakfasts ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh, there are actually four differences, but they're all in the background of the plate, so you might not spot them ... The flat bread, the olives, plus the feta cheese and my favourite part: the "sucuk" sliced spiced sausage ☺

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  11. Simit looks great! something like pretzel but i am expecting it to be chewy-soft

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    1. Ken: ooo ya, people who like pretzels and bagels might find the simit quite intriguing. And yup, it's chewy but not too chewy ☺

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  12. Turkish scrambled eggs look very different. When I looked at the pic I thought it is a special dipping sauce, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, i wasn't quite sure what it was at first, but after a second, i realised it was scrambled eggs! :D

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