We stumbled upon this little Turkish place called Saray Cafe and Restaurant at 1/178 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville after visiting another restaurant a few doors down. As our German Tempting Palates member is well versed in Turkish cuisine having so many eateries back home in Berlin, she was eager to try Saray. Before we even set foot in the door there was a high expectation which was more from excitement than recommendation.
The lovely staff member was quick to seat us and was very patient and informative after we asked question after question with anticipation. We were so eager to try as many authentic dishes as we could and decided on ordering the Lahmacun Turkish Pizza, the Burghul, the Haloumi Spinach Pide and the Chicken Doner Kebab.
First to come out was the Haloumi Spinach Pide which consisted of haloumi cheese, fetta, ricotta and spinach. From the first bite this pide was absolutely amazing. This was a cheese lovers paradise. The bread was just perfect - medium hard on the outside while soft and fresh on the inside. The cheese was oozing out with every bite. If we hadn't ordered so much food we would have ordered another one of these. This was definitely the standout dish.
The Burghul is a wheat rice dish cooked with onion and tomato paste. This was another delicious dish keeping up with the quality and taste so far. The rice was cooked perfectly and the lovely tomato flavour really enhanced the wheat rice. The balance of ingredients really made the flavours blend well together.
The Chicken Doner Kebab was served with rice, salad, bread and two dips - garlic sauce and hummus. The chicken was well seasoned and the dips were delicious. Having Turkish bread, which is a little thicker than Greek pita bread, was a nice change.
The last to be served was the Lahmacun Turkish Pizza which consists of lamb mince meat blended with vegetables and salad. The crust was very thin but thick enough to hold all the toppings. The blend of tomato, onions, parsley and garlic with a slight hint of chilli gave it a very delicious authentic taste.
To quench our thirst we ordered a traditional yoghurt drink called Ayran which consists of yoghurt mixed with water and a pinch of salt. Even though it wasn't on the menu, Saray made sure to cater for customers who are familiar with Turkish food and this traditional drink. It's a very refreshing drink especially on a hot day.
We couldn't leave without having a dessert and who could say no to a traditional house-made Baklava? They have many kinds to choose from mainly made with pistachio nuts but we decided to choose one with walnuts. It certainly was delicious. The filo pastry was so crispy you could tell instantly it had been freshly made. A little more syrup would have made this sweet delight perfect.
It was hard to fault this restaurant. We had such high expectations that it could have turned out otherwise but luckily for us this place is amazing. They have certainly the right elements - amazing Turkish food, warm ambience, reasonable prices and great friendly service. There are plenty more traditional dishes we didn't get to eat and will certainly be back to give them a try.
(VP) Very Palatable
|Haloumi Spinach Pide.|
|Chicken Doner Kebab.|
|Lahmacun Turkish Pizza.|