I decided to start approaching Turkey and its culture from the basics, learning a bit more about their food.
Turkey has an immense food tradition, and fortunately I can start exploring it without going too far. London is packed with good turkish restaurants.
A couple of weeks ago I discovered one of them that deserves a citation. It’s called Cappadocia, in Kingston upon Thames.
I read a lot of very positive reviews and my friends have been there many times so I was easily convinced to try it.
Unfortunately this restaurant is a bit far from the centre of London. Kingston isn’t the most comfortable neighbourhood to reach. But for this restaurant, I would go even farther.
Cappadocia is an authentic turkish restaurant with Chefs from Istanbul, trained in the art of authentic Turkish cuisine, in an open kitchen. I love restaurants with open kitchens that transpire the skills of the chefs.
The restaurant has a vast and rich menu. If it’s your first Turkish food experience it could even result too sophisticated.
I had a starter a main dish and a dessert.
My starter was a Lahmacun.
Lahmacun, known also as Turkish pizza, is a thin crust topped with mince lamb, tomatoes, onions and parsley. I found it very nice, different from Italian pizza, but enjoyable.
The main dish I chose to try was the Fistikli Kuzu Sarma.
It’s a Rolled lamb and rump of beef, stuffed with a blend of pistachio nuts, garlic and herbs, oven baked and served with grilled aubergines and red pepper puree. They say it’s the chef’s speciality, and I believe them as it was delectable. I never tried anything similar at all and I was really impressed by the flavours that worked perfectly together. I loved how the food was presented in the plate as well. A top level cuisine dish, rich and really yummy.
I couldn’t ask more from the Chefs, but with the dessert they exceeded even more my expectations.
I had a traditional turkish dessert called Kunefe which has entered my top 10 favourite desserts list!
It’s a divine cheese pastry soaked in a sweet syrup served with ice-cream. It was my first time ever trying this dish and I fell completely in love with it. I would go to Cappadocia again only to try this intoxicating and incredible dessert.
I accompanied my meal with a nice but not wonderful turkish beer called Efes.
The service was remarkable. Fast and very efficient.
Cappadocia serves top level food in a nice location at a very reasonable price. I paid around £25 for a starter, main and dessert.
Address and Info
Opening times: Mon – Sun 12:00 to 23:00.
2 Station Buildings,
Kingston upon Thames,
Telephone: 020 85496228
My Rating: 5 / 5
Impartial and Clear Review Disclosure
Invited by PR company? NO
Guest of the Chef or Restaurant Owner? NO
Restaurant knew I was a Blogger ahead of ordering? NO
Was the meal comped by the restaurant? NO
Any complimentary items provided by the restaurant? NO