The buzz: New Turkish restaurant on Nanchang Lu where Italian eatery BYB used to be. The head chef used to work at Anadolu.
The décor: Mint green walls, hammam tiles, intricate Ottoman bronze-work ceiling, smart tables, two little balconies . Mint green menus with pretty cut-out design to match the ceiling.
The food: The menu is replete with Turkish treats and classic dishes. We started with the hummus (¥42) which was a hearty portion accompanied by raw carrot and cucumber sticks, and a basket of bread. The hummus was the tastiest we’ve yet tasted in Shanghai, and had that satisfyingly authentic chunky texture and garlic/sesame kick. The mixed olives were slightly pricey at ¥35, and the tabbouleh (¥38) was parsley and not much else. With a bit of tweaking and some more cous cous, it could be great. For main courses we tried the lamb chops (¥105) and the chicken shish (¥75). Both meats were cooked well with all the spices you’d expect, and came with Turkish-style rice and flatbread. Also on the menu are mixed grill platters, and a whole section devoted to Turkish pizza ranging from ¥50 to ¥70.
The drinks: Turkish tea, sodas, beer, and wine.
Why you’ll be back: It’s classier than Anadolu, and less of a cliché than 1001 Nights. It’s open until late at weekends.