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Achelya Restaurant Cafe Bar

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Published September 10th 2013
An Exotic Turkish Delight
Something different
This restaurant is not for everyone but the night we were there was great. It's something a little difference from the norm.

Achelya Restaurant Cafe Bar
Outside the Achelya Restaurant Cafe Bar

The restaurant is quite large and it's open plan and divided into two, and I believe during summer it is also has outside seating. There is a section for smoking and one where there's no smoking, although I have been told that later in the evening the entire restaurant might become a specialty smoking venue.

Nargite Water Pipe
Nargite Water Pipe on our table at the restraurant

When I'm talking about smoking, I'm not talking about it in the traditional sense but in regards to nargile water pipes. Before I go any further I must state that I'm not a fan of smoking nor do I smoke either tobacco or "wacky tobacky", having said that I'm not adverse to trying new things, particularly if they are from different cultures.

The nargile water pipe is enormous, about a meter high. We asked for it to be placed on the table so we could see what was going on. The flavour we chose was apple and mint, which complemented our choice of Turkish apple tea as a beverage. We were each given a mouth piece to use - no cross contamination going on here!

Nargite Water Pipe
The apple of the top of the Nargite Water Pipe on which the hot coals are placed

The waiter tended to the coal, replenishing when necessary, and left us alone to enjoy ourselves, bringing the food out that we ordered when it was ready

Entrée dips Turkish bread
Entree of 4 dips with very fresh and soft Turkish bread

And of course there is more :-

Turkish Food
Turkish Food to die for!

Comments on the menu - a wide selection of Turkish foods. Including a drink called sour cherry; it's very refreshing and not that sour. The teas are also very nice.
Booking - We were there on a Monday night and there was no need to book
Getting there - A short walking distance from Southern Cross Station; there is also a tram to Docklands which stops quite close by.
Parking - in the evening is okay, although sometimes it can be difficult, but there are plenty of commercial car parks; the cheapest I was able to find was $7.00 for 3 hours.
Disabled Access friendly - good
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When: Mon – Fri 09 am -11pm
Sat-Sun 8am-Late
Phone: 9602 2234
Where: 23 Aquitania Way, New Quay, Docklands 3008
Cost: Nargile Water Pipe $27 / Dip Platter $18 / Mains around $24
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