Anatolians Turkish in Thorncliffe
Without a doubt, it is a great blessing to be living in the halal food capital of Canada; that is Toronto, Ontario. With already a plethora of halal restaurants in the GTA, each new restaurant that opens steps up its game with greater sophistication, attention to detail and mouthwatering food. We had the opportunity to experience and witness exactly this at Anatolians Turkish Restaurant in Thorncliffe.
A large mural of Istanbul in the middle of the restaurant, hand painted pieces of art hung on the ceiling, and servers with warm, friendly smiles allows customers have an unforgettable Turkish experience. As customers sit down and have a look at the extensive menu, fresh-out-of-the-oven pita bread and olives are given complimentary as appetizers.
The menu was separated into hot and cold appetizers, chicken, beef and lamb dishes, as well as house specials and pides. The menu items had Turkish names, which seemed a little intimidating, but they were accompanied by a detailed and helpful description of the dish.
Pides are the Turkish version of pizza. The Lahmacun ($9.99) was the most popular pide at Anatolian’s. It was a thin flat bread with ground beef, onions, peppers, tomatoes, parsley and herbs with a hint of spice. One order had about eight to ten slices. Given that it is a thin flat bread, you may find yourself eating three to four slices easily.
Chicken Sauteed ($15.99) was an aromatic dish that had chicken breast, onion, green and red peppers, tomatoes and garlic, all sautéed in butter. The best part was that it comes sizzling to the table! It was served with white rice. If you do not like being too adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, then chicken sautéed is a safe dish to order. Although all the ingredients seemed basic, the way they were combined and cooked made this dish a family pleaser.
The İskender Kebab ($17.99) was a recommended dish by our server. The dish consisted of thin strips of well done Doner kebab that were mixed with large cubes of bread that were drenched in a tomato sauce. It was served with a side of fresh yogurt and topped with grilled green chilli (which was very hot!) and tomato.
For dessert, we had the Sultac ($5.99), which was a rice budding topped with sprinkled cinnamon. Creamy and luscious, this dessert can easily be shared with others.
To end the meal, we had Turkish coffee and Turkish tea. The Turkish coffee came in a small cup with a Turkish delight on the side. Turkish coffee varies in its preparation since the coffee beans are ground to the finest possible powder. Turkish tea was served in a glass cup on a colourful small plate with cubes of sugar. It is a strong black tea that is consumed without milk.
Anatolian’s Turkish Restaurant is a great restaurant to go with your family and family and it truly makes for a wonderful outing with its great ambiance, food, and service.
Meat Source: All chicken and beef is hand slaughtered halal and sourced from Iqbal Foods at the time of this overview.
Sadia and Nadia are sisters who have a passion for halal food. Their hobbies include spending their hard-earned money at new restaurants, trying different cuisines, and instagramming pictures of food. Sadia loves to cook and bake while Nadia enjoys eating only. They run the Halal Food Enthusiasts blog where they share their food adventures and recipes.
64 Overlea Blvd #10, Toronto